A Human Avalanche Is What Happens When an Escalator Suddenly Reverses

When most escalators break down they just temporarily become stairs (as the Mitch Hedberg joke goes). But this one decided to glitch in a way that actively ruined the days of the people riding it.


The escalator, located in Ningbo in China’s Zhejiang Province, suddenly reversed, creating a “fuck this shit” deluge of falling human bodies and no one seems to know why. Five people received minor injuries. The takeaway here is just use the stairs—not because it’s healthier, but because stairs don’t really have the option to malfunction.

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I guess the rule of thumb is “when in China, avoid the escalator”. This is not the first escalator incident in this country.