Turnstile Traffic Jam

Just when I thought I’ve seen everything, I see something new.  Here’s the setup…

I’m walking down the stairs to the subway.  Already I can see that there’s a ton of a people down there for some reason.  The crowd is really thick.  Keep in mind, this is a major transfer hub, so it has tons of entrances/exits.

So I finnally squeeze my way to the turnstile to find that the line is 12 people deep at each gate.  10 gates wide, and a line 12 deep at each.

“Son of a bitch…a tourist group,” I thought to myself.  That must be why all these people are here.  Some idiot tour group is trying to get through the gates all together.  But, that wasn’t it.

I got closer to the turnstile and saw people swiping over and over again.  Wonderful!  There’s 4 or 5 people swiping all these peolpe through?  You’ve got to be kidding.  That wasn’t it either.

I finally make it up close.  Turns out, all of the gates stopped working at the same time!!  Every turnstile said, “Please swipe again,” no matter how many times you tried.

Of course, idiots in the back of the line think that us at the front are complete morons.  So of course they are yelling for us to get out of the way.  Finally, I let one a-hole get in front of me to try his magic touch.  Of course, it didn’t work.

“MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!” I yelled back at this jerk.  “I thought you knew how to do it, so WHAT’S THE HOLD UP CHIEF?!?”

People started jumping over, and that finally got the police officers to react.  Not the growing, angry crowds…just the jumping over the turnstile.  Can’t have that now can we.

Eventually, they opened up the service doors and let people stream through.  It was funny to see people hesitate going through the door because a cop was holding it open.  They were afraid, as if it was a trap or something.  Can’t say I blame them.

One thought on “Turnstile Traffic Jam

  1. We find that most people like turnstiles, security turnstiles, full height turnstiles, waist high turnstiles, any turnstiles, but they want them to be reliable and well matched for their purpose. The NY turnstiles get alot of abuse and it is tough to keep people moving all the time…glad we didn’t make those!!


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