I was in the metro the other day.
As is the custom in all public transport, there was an emergency brake hidden in plain sight. Which is to say, not hidden at all.
Because I’m the type of person who’ll take pictures of the most mundane things, I snapped this photo:
A pretty standard emergency brake deal, right?
But then…suspense…music crescendos…a sudden twist! Let’s take a closer look at the instructions:
Notice anything off?
No, not that. That’s just Danish alphabet. How judgmental of you!
Here, let me help:
See it now? Good!
Isn’t it a bit…man, you still haven’t seen it, have you?
I’m talking about this:
The train will stop at the next station?!
So let me get this straight: When I pull this emergency brake, it just gently reminds the train to please stop at the next station?
It’s a goddamn emergency brake. Shouldn’t it stop the moment you pull it? Nobody ever calls 911 to have a leisurely chat about when it would be most convenient for the next available police officer to pay a visit to their house and deal with the pesky “homicidal maniac” situation. Do they?
I would sort of understand the logic behind this brake if it were placed in an express train that skips a bunch of stations. But here’s the deal: The Copenhagen metro already stops at every single station. And these stations are no more than 2 minutes apart.
What’s your agenda here, Metro?
Oh! Oooooh! I see what this is. You’re just hoping someone mistakes it for an emergency hammer and starts to assemble their IKEA furniture directly in the train, don’t you? That’s when your staff shows up and “fines” them for “misuse,” right? Nice little racket you’ve got going on there, Metro. Bet you didn’t expect me to crack the puzzle so quickly. I’m on to you! I’ll be watching you from now on, with your fake “emergency brakes” and your oppressive “public decency” rules.
On second thought…I may be reading a bit too much into this. It’s probably a perfectly normal emergency brake that’s just learned to slow down and enjoy life. Maybe we can all learn a thing or two from it.