“Stickin’ it to the man” has been a common theme among today’s stories, and as you can imagine, it doesn’t seem to be working out too well for any of the parties involved.
Let’s be honest, most of us would rather exert more energy trying to avoid the Metro bag screeners than actually go through with the essentially useless process. But one passenger in Sichuan province was so reluctant to put her bag on that damn belt that she got physical with security staff.
The ordeal went down last Friday at the Tazishan Park Metro Station in Chengdu, when a woman, surnamed Ling, refused to put her backpack through the security check.
Unlike the aloof teenagers employed at the Shanghai Metro, the Chengdu security inspectors stopped Ling three different times and insisted that she have her bag screened, but she ignored them and continued to pass through the station. One of the staff members, our hero Zhang Jie, chased after her as she walked down the stairs and headed for the trains.
Security footage shows the moment Ling turned around and pushed Zhang, who tumbled down eight stairs, before continuing towards the trains. Heartless.
The station called the police and Ling was arrested for disrupting public order. Not that it makes much of a difference, but she did go back and help Zhang get up. Zhang was treated at the hospital for only minor injuries.
Watch the security footage here:
Zhang told reporters that he just wanted Ling to follow the security procedures because it’s his responsibility to keep all other passengers safe. You’ve got to love a guy who’s passionate about his work—unfortunately the public transit system might not be the best place to do it. Subway security staff actually have it harder than you’d think. Check out this interview with a security inspector working for the Shanghai Metro.
[Images Via Baidu]
By Sharon Choi