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23/10/2013 at 14:19
I hope i dont offend anyone by posting this but i almost witnessed something too awful to imagine today.
I was in Asda and a mum was on the travelator with a baby in a buggy. The person at the top stopped/got stuck and all the people behind with trollies loaded with food started backing up where nobody could get off and the baby in the buggy was in the middle of it all. Luckily someone hit the emergency stop in time but 10 seconds later and it would have been a different story.
Its really shaken me up and i burst into tears when i saw the baby was ok although very distressed.
I have taken a buggy on an escalator before (but never a travelator) but after what i saw today i never will again. That poor baby's and mum's screams will stay with me for a very long time. Truly distressing....
23/10/2013 at 16:38
How awful :( glad they're all ok
23/10/2013 at 16:46
They aren't actually allowed on escalators / travelators
23/10/2013 at 16:50
It would be the same story with a baby in a trolley though
23/10/2013 at 17:04
This would make really cross at the mom as they rent allowed on there for this (and many other) reason, I'm sure some people think signs are there for the benefit of everyone but themselves! Very pleased that the baby was ok though, hopefully mom learnt a very important lesson and now will join the rest of us, and wait that all inconvenient 2 mins for the lift.
23/10/2013 at 17:31
Then you also have a risk of a lift breaking down/plummeting to the bottom. I happily use my pram on a travelator but not an escalator.
23/10/2013 at 17:37
I thought prams were allowed on travels tots but not escalators???
23/10/2013 at 17:42
The travelators around here say no pushchairs, presuming you mean the ones on a slope, and I figured it was because the wheels don't lock on like a trolley does. I would use the pushchair on a flat travelator though as I have never seen a sign to say you can't. I can't even figure out how you would take a pushchair on an escalator, how would it fit on the step ? I have taken the Bee on a sloping travelator by complete accident, Orla was only a few weeks old and we walked in to Tesco and just went our normal route to go upstairs and look at the clothes, Zoe ran ahead on to the travelator and I followed. It was only as the pushchair started to slide back downn that I realised what I'd done.
I can't quite figure out in my head what happened in the OP incident that led to mother & baby screaming and people watching in tears. how bad can a bit of a trolley pile up be ? If the pushchair is getting squished grab child out and hold up high.
No there is a sign saying they arent allowed. A baby in a trolley wouldnt be quite as bad as they are higher up but i still use the lift.
23/10/2013 at 17:48
I've used one on a travelator, not an escalator though
23/10/2013 at 17:49
JB I thought the same - wheels dont stick so its easy on the way up standing behind pram. I almost always get lift back down.
sounds like a 'freak' incident
23/10/2013 at 18:01
It was horrible. It was bad because the child's head was at the same level as fully loaded trollies and the buggy was getting squashed so the mum couldnt get round to the front to free her.
23/10/2013 at 19:57
Wow, how awful and extremely fortunate that the emergerncy stop button was pressed in time. We have a travelator in our local Tesco to go up to the clothes and home department. I admit that I have used it with the buggy before but after hearing this story I will stop and get the lift in future. Thanks for posting MM and making us all aware. I didn't know that buggies shouldn't go on them and have never noticed a sign saying that
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