I just finished reading this shocking story of an elderly man who had his arm caught in a closing door on the tube at Holborn tube station. The shocking part is not the fact that his arm was trapped, but the subsequent abuse he got from a Transport For London employee working on the platform at the time.
Part of the incident was caught on video, and the first half of what happened is written below and are the words of Johnathan MacDonald.
Watch the video when you are done!
Today, just after 230pm, I saw an elderly man with his arm trapped in the closing door of a faulty train at Holborn Station.
We all thought the train was heading further east but actually, for reasons we shall never know, the train was terminating at Holborn and we were ushered out onto the platform by two (shouting) staff in Underground uniforms.
The elderly man was slow to get off in the mad rush, hence the entrapment.
A few people around called to staff to open the door again so he could be released.
About 30 seconds later the doors opened again and he removed his arm.
I watched as he calmly relayed his experience to the staff member (who was called Ian by the way).
Ian didn’t think it was a problem – in fact, he was furious that the guy had mentioned it at all, especially as the guy was standing close to the track.
After a while, Ian started shouting at the guy to “stand back there is a fucking train approaching”.
The elderly guy quietly questioned why Ian had to swear (as did several other passengers).
Ian literally screamed in this guys face (and I quote): “because there is a fucking train approaching and I need to make sure nobody is over the fucking yellow line”.
The elderly guy stood his ground – admittedly the wrong side of the yellow line (which was hard to see as there were hundreds of stranded people on the platform).
Ian then told the guy that he wasn’t allowed to get on the next train and had to “come upstairs to speak to the police”.
That was when I pulled out my video camera.
The below clip is taken immediately after Ian’s initial outburst and you can hear him repeat the police part too.
All seems fine until the incoming train arrives and the elderly guy tries to get on it – although watch how twitchy Ian is during the train arrival..
You will hear Ian telling him not to get on and then threatening a halted service until he gets off again.
Listen to what Ian says. Watch the reaction of the other passengers.
But then – right at the end of the clip (at exactly 50 seconds), you will hear Ian exclaim (again, I quote): “sling him under a train”.
I’m not sure this is cool. I felt compelled to blog it.
This TFL person (Ian) has been suspended however how many other horrible employees are working on such platforms around the city?
Finally Jonathan MacDonald did an extremely clever thing afterwards! He made a complaint on the TFL website and listed his blog of the ordeal in the complaint box (Genius) and he told the PRESS, and there is nothing like a good story that so often would be swept under the carpet and never given the time or day.
Hats off to Jonathan!