Mums and dads would do pretty much anything for the love of their family... even risking their own lives to do so. Luo Haili, a teacher in Eastern China, is one such parent. The Chinese woman blocks train doors just so her family won't miss their ride!
She was travelling with her husband and daughter when she realised they were running late. They reportedly got off at the wrong station while travelling from Hefei in Anhui province to Guangzhou.
So, she wedged her body between the train's doors, to keep the train from departing. Her husband was still purchasing tickets with their daughter.
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Luo has since been suspended by her employer, a school in Hefei province, following the spread of a video of the incident.
In the clip, two train station staff tried to pull her away as the Chinese woman blocks train doors. She falls down but gets back up again to try and keep the doors from closing.
Netizens criticised the woman's behaviour, condemning her "embarrassing and disgraceful" actions.
"My husband is at the ticket entrance. I will move away when he comes," she tells train staff, according to a report by The Straits Times.
After a few tense minutes of struggle, Luo, her husband and daughter were permitted to board the train.
Luo can be fined about 2,000 yuan (409SGD) for obstruction of train operations.
Chinese woman blocks train to keep family from running late (Image source: Channel NewsAsia/Facebook)
This incident highlights the importance of train safety
Though Luo's devotion to her husband and daughter is admirable, she clearly put herself in harm's way.
Had the train sped up with her still wedged between the doors, she could have been seriously injured.
It is not clear why the mum was in such a rush, but we all know that feeling of desperately trying to make our destination on time.
It's a good thing that most stations in Singapore are equipped with safety glass doors to prevent incidents like the one mentioned above from happening.
But it still pays to be extra careful.
On your daily commute, remember these guidelines to ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey.
Chinese woman blocks train because they got off at the wrong stop (Image source: Google)
1. Watch out for suspicious packages
H - Hidden (Has the item been hidden intentionally?)
O - Obviously Suspicious (Trust your instincts. Is there something about its appearance that arouses suspicion?)
T - Typical of Environment (Is the item out of place or typical of the environment?)
2. Watch out for suspicious people
S - Size (Determine gender, age, physical appearance and number of people)
A - Activity (What is the person doing?)
L - Location (Where is the person?)
U - Uniform (What is he or she wearing?)
T - Time (Note when and how long he is doing the activity)
E - Equipment (Does the person have a camera, video, or any other items?)
If your child is riding public transportation alone,it's very important to stress that they always be ALERT and AWARE of their environment.
Here are some safety tips they should always remember:
- NEVER speak to strangers, even if they seem nice and harmless, even if they are young kids or students just like them.
- Respect traffic rules and follow directions.
- Be courteous to other passengers.
- Don't run after buses or trains.
- Calmly board and alight from trains.
- Always mind your belongings
- Refrain from falling asleep to remain alert of their surroundings.
We hope this incident serves as a reminder for you, mums and dads. Though it's admirable how you want to go out of your way for your loved ones, try not to place yourself in situations that could compromise your own safety.
Sources: The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, SMRT.com.sg
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