Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lost shoe shuts down escalator at Westfield Montgomery Mall

A woman's shoe somehow became lodged in the Up escalator by Sears at Westfield Montgomery Mall yesterday. The shoe-snatching escalator was temporarily shut down as a result. A good reminder to always "watch your step." With apologies to this escalator, I'm afraid Metro has the inoperable-escalator market cornered in Montgomery County.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, Westfield Montgomery has the same number of escalators out of service as all of WMATA’s Montgomery County stations combined: one! On a proportional basis I award the advantage to Metro.

Anonymous said...

How come you waited until today to report this breaking news from yesterday?

Anonymous said...

7:03...why do you think this story is fake? Can you explain.

Anonymous said...

Payless was another Westfield store that Bethesda Magazine falsely reported as closing last year.

Anonymous said...

@8:48: What other stores did the Magazine falsely report as closing? And before you say, "Sears!!" -- let's be clear: the Magazine never reported that Sears was closing. They reported that Sears notified the state of their intention to close the store, which was an event that happened; but they made no claims about the store closing. Just thought I'd help by explaining this since many readers here seem to struggle with the distinction.

Anna said...

Gee, I hope no one was hurt when their shoe got stuck! Looks to be their last step off the escalator, too.
Do we know the circumstances?

Anonymous said...

Last time that happened, it was a Croc™

Anonymous said...

@9:54 Many years ago, a woman died at the Bethesda Metro escalator. She tripped down the stairs and was wearing a scarf that got caught in the combplate; it strangled her before people could come to her aid. It was more than 20 years ago and I couldn't find a link online. Anyone else remember it?

Anna said...

10:58 AM - Funny you should mention that. I thought I remembered something at the Bethesda station from back when I worked in the Triangle. And couldn't find anything online either.

I did see someone almost faceplant the pavement when her shoe got caught at Gallery Place/Chinatown.

Anonymous said...

Unless there was more than one such incident, that one involved a 3-year-old girl whose jacket was caught, in the Minnesota Avenue station in January 1985.

There was a similar incident in Montreal in 2014.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1985/01/27/girl-3-killed-in-accident-on-metro-escalator/3a4b189c-2a1c-4670-a232-7953522833b4/?utm_term=.3c61dc5bcd33

Anonymous said...

Did the escalator ever reopen?

Or is this going to be like the flood at Redwood?

Anonymous said...

"fuck ton of mayo"

Robert Dyer said...

9:54: This was the first step on an Up escalator.

Anonymous said...

"This was the first step on an Up escalator."

How could the shoe have gotten jammed in the comb plate, when the steps are moving AWAY from the comb plate?

Anonymous said...

And also, why is the shoe pointing in the opposite direction of the movement of the steps?

Anonymous said...

#Shoegate

Google News said...

We LOL'ed.

Anonymous said...

You report on this escalator at Westfield, yet there was no mention of the out of order up escalator next to the bowling alley. This went shutdown for over three months. It finally reopened this week. Talk about sorry management.