Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or T(h)reat?

“Trick or treat?” would have been a more reasonable and a familiar greeting from a most likely costume-clad (identity-concealed) stranger during Halloween…

However, with an apparent irate voice over the phone early on the other morning, a woman was complaining about our ineffectiveness. She was furious on how her grandchild’s finger
almost got severed while seated on a moving escalator. Questioning as to why we haven’t placed a cautionary signage indicative of the unsuitability of such device to be seated on by a child as she was insistent that we do…


She continued with her tirade by introducing herself as the owner of a prominent local establishment seemingly asserting her influence. Consequently, should we fail to comply, she’ll be addressing the matter on paper. Trick or treat? Well, she put emphasis on “not that she was threatening”, she just demanded that the putting up of a signage be done. Looking for a scapegoat to cover-up a parenting letdown, tsk tsk...


Fact of the matter is that a signage is strategically fixed on every escalator. While the rule not to seat on it is rather common sense, more so by an unattended child, we’d rather have her feel the would-be self-inflicted harm should her side of the story be published. Such publicity could actually represent her irrationality and smear her ‘big name’ unless we put up a signage suggestive of responsible guardianship over children.

Trick or treat? ...not even a threat.

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