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Escalator School

For Irish people unfamiliar with how to use an escalator
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Passing through Dublin Airport I noticed signs placed on each escalator instructing persons unfamiliar with how to use an escalator to use the adjacent stairs or lifts. Fortunately I had used an escalator less than 2 hours previously (In Bristol Airport) so was able to use this useful vertical transport device without fear, but, assuming this rule is in place throughout Ireland, I became worried that Irish natives would have no place to gather the necessary experience to allow them to use an escalator for the first time.

I propose a school where people can achieve that all important first escalation in safety. Starting with instruction on a stationary floor, and progressing through staircases, stationary escalators and travellators, to that first big (tandem) escalation, and finishing with a solo free-fall of up to 10,000 millimetres. Master classes could also be offered in standing on the right and use of the emergency stop button.

MadnessInMyMethod, Jan 18 2009

The sign in question http://flickr.com/p...armiter/1305416156/
No, I can't quite believe it either [MadnessInMyMethod, Jan 18 2009]


       [rcarty] Dublin has a population of around 1.6 million, and English is the main language spoken in Ireland. I suspect that almost no people encounter an escalator for the first time in Dublin Aiport. For those who do, an escalator school could be useful.
MadnessInMyMethod, Jan 18 2009

       way back when, our transit system started putting up "Walk Left, Stand Right" signage for escalators... it actually worked. But [rcarty]'s right though, I don't see the Gaelic translation.
FlyingToaster, Jan 18 2009

       It's probably aimed at the Poles. The Irish rather like the Poles, but they sometimes seem to view them as idiot cousins.
wagster, Jan 18 2009

       Yes - I think that multi-story buildings would probably be a must for my school. I agree that the sign is not just for Irish people, but since I come from a country where, rightly or wrongly, I can practice on 'live' escalators, I was able to use Irish escalators fearlessly. To follow the strict letter of the law, the Irish would have to go abroad to to this before using their own escalators, or visit my useful school.
MadnessInMyMethod, Jan 18 2009

       Is there a certificate at the end?
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 18 2009

       //Is there a certificate at the end//No, there's a flat bit and a sort of comb-like step.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jan 18 2009

       I never use escalators.
There are always signs telling me that dogs must be carried on them, and I haven't got one.
pjd, Jan 19 2009

       I have heard rumour that children on the Isle of Wight have field trips to Southampton to see escalators as there are none on the island.
miasere, Jan 19 2009

       Made me laugh. +
blissmiss, Jan 20 2009


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