Crocs and Escalators a bad Combination?



Word from CNN is that wearers of a popular clunky, soft-soled clog are getting their toes caught in escalators. Reports are popping up in Japan, Singapore, and the United States.

Four-year-old Rory McDermott got a Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator last month at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother managed to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was almost completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding.

At first, Rory's mother had no idea what caused the boy's foot to get caught. It was only later, when someone at the hospital remarked on Rory's shoes, that she began to suspect the Crocs and did an Internet search.

"I came home and typed in 'Croc' and 'escalator,' and all these stories came up," said Jodi McDermott, of Vienna, Virginia. "If I had known, those would never have been worn."

According to reports appearing across the United States and as far away as Singapore and Japan, entrapments occur because of two of the biggest selling points of shoes like Crocs: their flexibility and grip. Some report the shoes get caught in the "teeth" at the bottom or top of the escalator, or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.


So dear Neatorama reader, take care if you be Croc-wearing. Yarrr!

Link - thanks Emily!

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How about wearing normal footwear. People who put crocs on their male children should be sent immediately to counseling. Girls can get away with them. Grown women can ... if they are gardening. Otherwise, put some real shoes on for God's sake.
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This is nothing new. The media has just decided to run with it... again.

It says more about the way parents let their kids behave these days. If your kid can't behave well enough to ride an escalator without getting his body parts ripped off, then perhaps he should be left at home.

In the olden days, it was shoelaces. Now it's Crocs. The difference is, my generation was taught not to fool around on escalators. Kids today aren't.
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Crocs are really cheap knock-offs. Their competitors actually spent time and money researching the safety of their shoes while Crocs went straight for fast profit. It's a shame that resulted in a child getting injured.

You get what you pay for right?
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