Folks, the emergency exits are for emergencies; not your fat ass. They aren’t for your dump truck sized baby strollers either. So cut the crap and use the turnstile.
People use the emergency exits so often, that they are starting to break down! People allegedly can’t tell the difference between the service exits and the emergency exits which really doesn’t matter because you shouldn’t be using them anyway.
After the London subway bombings, the MTA spent $3.8 to install the emergency doors all over the subway system. They were installed mostly in places where there are those floor to ceiling turnstiles (pictured above). Those turnstiles are located at entrances where there is no agent. The problem is that in an emergency, only 20 people per minute can get out.
Unfortunately, people are in such a hurry that they use the emergency doors. When you open the doors, an alarm goes off, but that’s about it. Just a loud noise. The booth agent at the closest entrance is alerted, but what the hell are they going to do. Nothing. People use them so much that the alarms are just plain worn out.
So, next time I see your tubby but heading for the emergency door OR you and your stroller headed out, I’m going to slam the door shut. Another $3.8 million to fix the damn doors is all the reason they need to hike the fares even more. So fold your stroller up like you are already supposed to, or take the bus!