Why You Shouldn’t Take Selfies Right Next to a Moving Train
im sorry but
Hey, I keep seeing this gif, and I should probably add - this isn’t the conductor physically punishing someone for taking a selfie. That would cause serious injury if done even slightly wrong, given the situation!
If you look close at the kick picture, he’s not trying to kick him. He’s trying to shield him with his leg from the giant metal part of death behind it. It was either the foot, or the concussion.
Or a dislocated jaw from said foot as well.
Still, that guy is a fucking idiot for being NEAR the tracks/train and hope that learn his lesson.
No denying the selfie guy is an idiot. I’m just saying the train guy wasn’t trying to punish him. If he wanted to actually kick him, that would risk pulling the kid under the train.
I have mad respect for the rail industry. People mess with their shit all the time: taking pictures on the tracks (illegal; technically private property), defacing trains (also private property), dodging traffic signals on the tracks (SUPER DANGEROUS LIKE WHY), and even stealing the metal that holds the tracks together to sell for scrap. Train people take so much crap from the general public.
But this conductor - who is just hanging there, doing his job, being as safe as possible - doesn’t have time to slow the train down. And even if he did, we don’t stop trains for just anything. Trains have hit animals, cars, people, trash, anything you could possibly name. Those things weigh SO MUCH it takes well over a mile to stop even after the breaks engage.
This conductor risks his own health and safety - after countless others have injured or died in train accidents - to try and prevent this senseless, ignorant, self-centered passerby from getting annihilated. He risks injury to his own person as well; trains regularly travel up to 20 miles an hour. Could you imagine being struck in the foot at 20 mph? He doesn’t want to hurt this guy. As they said above, a kick in the face is better than being pulled under.