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Girl loses toes in escalator accident

2012-01-25 10:24

Durban - A young girl has lost three toes and a part of her foot after an horrific accident on an escalator at an Amanzimtoti mall.

Mishke Roux, 6, was at the South Coast shopping mall with her mother on Sunday when her foot got caught in the escalator. She was barefoot, reported the Daily News.

According to her mother, Mariska Roux, no one from the shopping centre came to help them and attempts to stop the escalator were unsuccessful.

The child was rushed to hospital where three of her toes and a part of her foot had to be amputated.

A mall spokesperson said however that this was untrue, and that CCTV footage showed the mall's operations manager being on the scene within minutes.

The spokesperson also said there were signs all over the mall warning people not to walk barefoot on the escalator.
 

Comments
  • jhavenga1 - 2012-01-25 10:34

    Eina !!!!!

      Jou - 2012-01-25 14:28

      I am always telling my 8 year old to wear slops when going into town. She hates shoes. This could have happened to her. Freak accident though.

  • Zoolie - 2012-01-25 10:35

    Sad to hear about the little ones foot, but i put full blame on the mother, CANT YOU SEE ON EVERY ESCALATOR, NO BAREFOOT.

      Ally - 2012-01-26 13:51

      The mother doesn't have a leg to stand on!!! Ha-ha, ha-ha

  • Snoopsy - 2012-01-25 10:37

    Wel as jy wil vertraag wees, dan moet jy maar voel. Daar is orals bordjies en plakkers want waarskuwings aan daui.. Maar nou ja. Ek hoop die winkel wen die een.

      George - 2012-01-25 11:58

      Don't agree with you, the girl is 6 and she is the one that is feeling this now, It is the mother that is vertraag but she is not the one feeling it

      Snoopsy - 2012-01-25 12:36

      Dear George, I'm NOT refering to the little Girl! Its tragic for her, she will have to live with a deformed foot for the rest of her life, just because her mother was too pathetic to take good care of her. Its extremely sad.. People like the mom, should never even have had kids.

      Coral - 2012-01-25 15:03

      Snoopsy that is a bit over dramatic dont you think???

  • Adri - 2012-01-25 10:38

    Poor girl. Can't sue the Mall if there were signs not to walk barefoot on the escalator.

      Deon - 2012-01-25 10:46

      The mother should be in trouble, it is nearly as bad as leaving a child in a hot car.

      Wendy - 2012-01-25 10:52

      Signs should not be needed!

  • Ruth - 2012-01-25 10:42

    Sorry little one that you are hurt and it's sore but your Mummy is to blame for being irresponsible The esculators do have signs NO BAREFEET especially in Malls Get well soon.

      Gary - 2012-01-25 11:11

      well said........some people should clearly not be parents.

  • Monica - 2012-01-25 10:44

    i feel sorry for a chirld but i blame the mother to let her walk with no shoes on

      Irene - 2012-01-25 11:11

      Exactly! What kind of mother takes a kid to a shopping centre without any shoes?

  • Lorenzo - 2012-01-25 10:46

    How can you walk around a mall barefoot? Hill billies. This is the 21st century.

      Debbi - 2012-01-25 12:04

      In Durban almost everybody goes barefoot...

      Bonham - 2012-01-25 12:42

      Debbi< where in Durban do you live, must be the Bluff.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-01-25 12:50

      She is 6 years old you doofus! Anycase, walking barefoot is better than wearing shoes.

      Lorenzo - 2012-01-25 14:00

      Trust me when I was 6 years old I wore shoes in shopping centers, because my parents were civilized, and my feet could’ve gotten run over by a trolley. OH and guess what, I still have all my toes… fancy that.

      Wall - 2012-01-25 14:01

      Lots of people have said this and I'm really surprised about it... She's 6, for goodness' sakes, what on earth is wrong with being barefoot at 6?

      Gungets - 2012-01-25 16:21

      And I never wore shoes, still don't, and I have all my toes. Are you sure it wasn't your eyes that needed testing?

      Joy - 2012-01-27 07:35

      I agree. Have some self respect and for those around you. You wouldn't walk around in a mall, in your underwear ! so why would you have the rudeness in walking in a Mall barefoot?!

  • Jacqueline - 2012-01-25 10:47

    How on earth did that happen? I would never have believed such a thing is possible. Maybe neither did the Mom.

      marc.potgieter1 - 2012-01-25 12:35

      I dont see how either, usually such a small gap. There are signs on the escalators warning about not going on them barefoot, so it must not be that impossible to suffer injury from them. Heed the warnings, they are there for a reason.

      ttrevenen - 2012-01-25 13:24

      It wasn't too long ago when a child died as a result of playing on escalators ina a mall in Johannesburg in full view of the parents who were sitting having dinner in a restaurant closeby. Escalators and lifts are not toys. Parents should make themselves aware of the danger's that their children could be subject to. No one believes that their child will drown and yet too many do every year - mostly due to parental negligence.

  • Germishuys - 2012-01-25 10:54

    ag sies tog, poor little girl... she is going to be reminded of the incident every time she looks at her feet. Her mommy must be going out her mind.

  • Chris - 2012-01-25 10:57

    Just another case of blind stupidity! And these people are allowed to vote? What a tragedy for this little girl. Makes me want to cry! Having said that, you would think that such escalators would be banned!

      Mark - 2012-01-25 11:22

      Millions of people around the world use escalators every day, and somehow they manage to keep all of their toes. Why should the disabled and elderly suffer at airports, malls, subways and hotels because a fraction of a percentage of the human population is incapable of following basic instructions?

      ttrevenen - 2012-01-25 13:27

      Pathetic! What has voting got to do with this? "Such escalators would be banned" - hello idiot - that means that ALL ESCALATORS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WOULD NEED TO BE BANNED! I'm now shaking my head and wondering at your sheer stupidity...

  • Katoolsie - 2012-01-25 10:59

    how does your foot get stuck in the escalator? Probably at the top? But is that gap even big enough for her foot to get stuck in? I thought these things are specially made to prevent stuff like this from happening.

      Grant - 2012-01-25 11:37

      Escalator "steps" have those thing slots in them... a child can probably "dig their toes in". The scoop at the end is designed to lift things out and not just cut-off, but its still a machine with a lot of force behind it...

      Mark - 2012-01-25 14:13

      If you run your feet along the side, the toes can be crushed in the gap between the side panel and the oncoming step. Why do you think a brush runs along the top of that panel, to shine your shoes? It's to let you know that your leg is too close to the edge.

  • Genesistt - 2012-01-25 11:05

    And people scoff at me over my fear of escalators. See? It can happen! I hope the poor little girl will be ok.

  • dumisiledee - 2012-01-25 11:07

    I feel sad for the poor child and may she recover speedily but I'm really pissed off at the mother, how can she be so negligent? there are signs by the escalators not to walk barefoot. She's entirely to be blamed.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-25 11:13

    I don't understand the logic hear. If an escalator can gobble up toes and a foot, then surely it is capable of gobbling up a sandal, shoelace or piece of clothing, with equally disasterous results. Sounds like a design fault and/or equipment malfunction and the Mall should be sued.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-25 11:13

      "hear' should be "here"

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-25 11:27

      People get their shoes, long skirts/dresses, shopping bags and so forth caught in escalators all the time. That's kinda the reason there are signs warning about bare feet.

      Twain - 2012-01-25 11:29

      There was nothing wrong with the escalator, per se. If it's a design fault with the damn thing then most escalators in the world are faulty. I feel for the kid, but this is nothing that you can sue the mall for.

      Bryan - 2012-01-25 11:32

      @Stefan.. You look pretty grown up. Did your mother not tell you while growing up that you should never walk barefoot on an escalator?? I remember as a child seeing warning signs all over that you cannot go barefoot on an escalator.... Warnings are there to be taken heed of... dont try to re-invent the wheel dude!!!

      Grant - 2012-01-25 11:39

      @Stefan - if you try to take a gap crossing a road, but trip over your shoelace in doing so, and then get hit by a car, can you REALLY sue the municipality for not taking into account untied shoelaces when designing roads??

      Michelle - 2012-01-25 11:42

      The article in the newspaper (which News24 has used and butchered) said her foot was at the side - probably doing what 1000 of kids do - slide their foot on the black rubber thingy only to have it slip off and those bare tootsie caught up. The mother also stated no-one came to help her however cctv footage apparently shows otherwise - maybe an attempt at making some money via a lawsuit

      kellyc04 - 2012-01-25 12:10

      another closed minded individual. i bet you're going to try this theory later today. and to your surprise, it doesn't happen. i mean really...

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-25 12:21

      If you read up on escalator accidents, you will realise that about as many affect people who were not barefoot. In India, the escalators are designed to prevent sari's to get caught in the machinery. Other precautionary measures include emergency buttons which can be pressed to immediately halt the movement of the escalator. There are as many risks associated with certain garments such as sandals and soft shoes as there are by being barefoot. @Grant, your example is stupid. The blunder here is dodging across the road. I should be using a pedestrian crossing or overhead walkway (and fall flat on my nose if my shoelace is untied).

      Deirdre - 2012-01-25 14:00

      The difference though Mr Vanderspuy is that you can take your shoe/sandal/flipflop off and let the escalator eat that instead. Toes are not so easy to remove in a hurry. And before people ask how I get the shoe laces untied, I always carry a pocketknife with me, either on my car keys, or in my pocket and I was taught to lace shoes in such way taht you can cut the laces with one swipe of a blade ... always be prepared!

  • Sharon - 2012-01-25 11:14

    Sorry but the Mother is at fault here.............on every escalator there are signs stating " NO barefeet people allowed" if people pick up their animals .........why not the children. I really hope she recovers fast

  • Shalin - 2012-01-25 11:15

    Why do people still walk barefoot in public, and allow their kids to do the same? Are we still cavemen?

      Gungets - 2012-01-25 11:27

      I wear shoes under protest, so does my son. It's the way we were designed. Shoes are an invention for designed and shops to make money, especially from people who believe bare feet are for cavemen. And it is meaningless in this context. I don't go barefoot on escalators. Oh, hold on, I don't use escalators. I use the stairs. That way my feet are not fat little piggy things that I am so ashamed of that I hide them in shoes.

      Shalin - 2012-01-25 14:41

      Well then there's no need for clothes either, since that's the way you were "designed", right? Get real guy.

      Gungets - 2012-01-25 22:34

      So, Shalin - hows the bhurka. Please boet, don't get silly about it. Do you seriously, seriously believe people should wear shoes all the time. Even the ancient cavemen wore clothes to stay warm , protect against harm from thorns etc. I do the same with my feet when I have to, like when I do my morning jog across hot coals and broken glass (which is everywhere I go in public), but when I can, no shoes. That includes malls. WTF man, do you think feet are indecent or something. Have you spoken to a professional about that.

  • kritzinger - 2012-01-25 11:16

    Parents... take the stairs with your children. Promote exercise and retain digits.

  • Paul - 2012-01-25 11:17

    Even on a flat mall i would not allow children/ anyone to walk around on those floors without shoes.

  • delmainec - 2012-01-25 11:19

    Why was she barefoot? Next thing they want to blame the staff at the mall for their inability to comply with a simple instruction. I ask the question to the mother how irresponsible are you to even let a child leave the house barefoot? We as parents are quick to blame the next person but would not assume responsibility for our own actions. I say the mall should sue the mother as this would of caused damage to the mall’s reputation.

      Hendrik - 2012-01-25 13:54

      Can't give you a thumbs up or down. Some of what you say one can fully agree with, but then a silly statement about leaving a house barefoot. WHAT's the hangup about being barefoot? Very comfortable and healthy, as long as you don't place yourself at risk. AND WATCH where you tramp.

  • Lynda - 2012-01-25 11:20

    if you have a small child with no shoes on you pick them up and carry them down or up the escalator...duh!

  • Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-25 11:25

    I can't believe that in this day and age of cheap Chinese goods, that there are still people that cannot afford to provide shoes for their children. Why else, but for poverty sake would one not put shoes on their children's feet? Anyway, the parent is to blame, or maybe the sign was not in Afrikaans.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-25 11:27

    maybe she could not afford shoes?

      Gungets - 2012-01-25 11:29

      You don't need shoes, you need brains and comprehension.

      Selwyn - 2012-01-25 11:41

      THEN PICK HER UP!!!!

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-01-25 11:54

      maybe you need a brain patrick before you comment

      dumisiledee - 2012-01-25 13:18

      pick her up or use the lift or stairs

      Jason - 2012-01-25 17:04

      No excuse Patrick, she should have used the lift or staircase then - sorry mom you are f*cked on this one, its like having a car accident, being flung through the windscreen cause you had no safety belt, and then suing the car manufacturer because you flew through the windscreen.

  • hennelie.visser - 2012-01-25 11:28

    So, whats the moral of the story folks? Always obey the nice big sign on the bottom/top of escalator - and because kids can't read - parents should take the initiative to make sure that their child has shoes on...wow, it's not rocket science...

  • sarahpoulsom - 2012-01-25 11:29

    Its common knowledge to make sure you are wearing shoes on an escalator and to make sure your kids are aswell. I feel for sorry for the kid, this is never a nice thing to go through and I wish the little one the very best for the healing period

  • Aziel666 - 2012-01-25 11:31

    Everyone blaming the mall owners, omw thats sic, its the parents' responsibility.

  • candice.raley - 2012-01-25 11:37

    I am sorry but many times have I seen that when you go onto the escalator that they indicate you shouldn't go on barefoot, so I mean why didn't the mother think before she acted because as a 6 year old child, they love to be barefoot, so of course the little girl wouldn't know any better. Just saying

  • Esmerelda - 2012-01-25 11:38

    Poor little girl. Just the other day we went to the mall, and my daughter (two) didnt have her shoes ons so when we went onto the escalator i read the sign no barefeet. So i picked her up. But on the other hand how big was the gap for the little girls toes to get sucked in? Shouldnt there be rules of how big the gap must be. I think if there is a case this should be investigated. Signs are there for a reason! Just like speed limits etc! Acidents happen, this was just an accident!

      Linda - 2012-01-25 13:52

      You've seen how small little childrens toes are. Not much of a gap needed.

  • Rainbow - 2012-01-25 11:45

    many people dont relaize the dangers escalators pose. I feel awful for this poor little girl who didnt know any better but has to live with this disability for the rest of her life. Lets just hope many people who were unaware of the dangers using an escalators will take something away from this story and take better care when using these machines in future.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-01-25 11:51

    As they say, don't walk barefoot on the escalators. Parents must accept the blame!

  • maritza.gobey - 2012-01-25 11:52

    Firstly.... BEFORE YOU COMMENT, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE FACTS PEOPLE! This mall DOES NOT have stairs! And the mall is NOT SAFE, it has been and is a accident waiting to happen since the day it opened! God forbid a fire had to break out in a part of the mall, where there are no stairs? It is very unfortunate and sad, that an incident like this had to happen for them to step up their safety measures. This poor family has been through a lot, please do not point any fingers

      ttrevenen - 2012-01-25 13:42

      Secondly... before you mouth off at everyone else here - a few pointers of your own! Nowhere in this article does it state that: 1. There are no manual stairs. 2. The Mall is not safe. 3. That the Mall has had to "step up their safety measures". So where did that all come from? If the mother had not threatened to sue the mall most people here would not be pointing out that it was her negligence that caused the accident.

      Linda - 2012-01-25 13:55

      You apparently know the Mall where this happened. How about organising the community to object to the lack of safety measures there BEFORE you blast the rest of us for commenting.

      sueffun - 2012-01-26 14:32

      Yes it does have stairs, i went up and down them today, thats how you get into the Woolworths basement parking. You obviously haven't looked for them yet!!

      Joy - 2012-01-27 07:46

      All Malls would require Stairs, for safety exits, its mandatory. I've never heard or seen a two story mall NOT have stairs. WTF!

  • Buli Mdanyana - 2012-01-25 11:55

    Its not because the child did not have shoes bathong, i have seen a lot of kids in the mall without shoes and i'm this may sound racist but the most kids that I see in malls barefoot are white and i am 100% sure that those kids do have shoes. i blame the mother for this and now she is trying to put the blame on other people, I feel sorry for the lil girl who's going to grow up with a dissability all because her mother ignored the safety signs.

      Linda - 2012-01-25 13:58

      Oh Buli, Buli, Buli. Did you have to bring race into this?

  • maritza.gobey - 2012-01-25 11:57

    PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL THE FACTS! This mall DOES NOT have stairs! And is NOT VERY SAFE. It has been and is a accident waiting to happen, since it opened. It is very unfortunate that an accident like this had to happen, for them to step up their safety measures. Please do not point fingers! Lets just all thank GOD that this has not happened to any of us. These parents have been through enough. Lets support them in this very difficult time.

      Amelia - 2012-01-25 11:59

      Maritza her parents are grown up surely they should've known better.

      Whitty - 2012-01-25 12:02

      AND your facts are?

      Bonham - 2012-01-25 13:02

      Why thank some sky fairy that doesn't exist?

      Gungets - 2012-01-25 13:30

      By your logic perhaps sue god because he allowed this to happen.

      ttrevenen - 2012-01-25 13:44

      Secondly... before you mouth off at everyone else here - a few pointers of your own! Nowhere in this article does it state that: 1. There are no manual stairs. 2. The Mall is not safe. 3. That the Mall has had to "step up their safety measures". So where did that all come from? If the mother had not threatened to sue the mall most people here would not be pointing out that it was her negligence that caused the accident.

      Sharon - 2012-01-25 13:46

      Every building MUST have an escape route (stairs) it is part and parcel of the Occupational Health and Safety Act,as well as building regulations for commercial use. If there are none then the builder and/or owner would then be responsible as well as the person who passed the plan in the first place

      maritza.gobey - 2012-01-25 15:45

      ttrevene, I stay in Toti and I know the mall. So that is where it is coming from! It is coming from ME!

  • Amelia - 2012-01-25 11:57

    Can't believe it that parents can be so irresponsible, it's very sad that the poor child had to loose her toes and part of her foot, her parents should be charged for not reading the signs.

  • Cindy - 2012-01-25 12:00

    oh gosh people can you please stop worrying about the nitty gritty nonsense between whose fault it is and what the mother should've known! this poor child must suffer the consequences now because of others' negligence, no matter WHO'S fault it seems to be. Cant we all just agree that coming together in prayer for the little girl would be better than bickering and debating about irrelevant nonsense like who should be blamed? please people! really now!

      maritza.gobey - 2012-01-25 12:05

      I agree!!!

      Sands.Porter - 2012-01-25 12:21

      Amen Cindy... lets pray for this little one... and for her Mum who must be feeling pretty bad about this and doesn't need to be attacked....

      Johan Retief - 2012-01-25 12:45

      If the mother didn't talk about suing, then the first part of your comment would have made sense. As it stands, she started the blame game. I agree with the prayer part.

      Buck - 2012-01-25 12:51

      Sure prayer would help. Isnt it Jesus prayed for some guy who had a shriveled hand? /s

      maritza.gobey - 2012-01-25 15:37

      Johan, if this happened to you and your child? What would you do? Whould you not want to sue? Dont judge! It's easy for you to judge, because you are not involved!!

  • jobertokotze - 2012-01-25 12:02

    What kind of a parent lets her 6yr old daughter ride the escalator barefoot? Parenting fail... My condolences to the child!

  • Adrian - 2012-01-25 12:06

    In South Africa, there are people especially kids aged 6 who cannot read or write. Apart from that there are millions of poverty stricken people who have to let their kids walk barefoot because they can't afford shoes. If escalators are unsafe for barefooted humans then they should not be installed in malls where all sectors of society go. Sargon, you are correct, I agree with you. Let the mall be sued.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-25 13:19

      Jeez, and one day you wake up and wonder why we live in a nanny state. What happened to taking a bit of responsibility yourself? In this case the mother taking care of her child that as you put it, cannot read?

      ttrevenen - 2012-01-25 13:50

      Oukaapje if the very same excalators and signage are good enough everywhere in the world including other third world countries then they are good enough for us. Go back to your cave.

  • Buli Mdanyana - 2012-01-25 12:12

    If the mall is unsafe and a disastor waiting to happen,as u put it Maritza,why go to that mall in the first place because i'm sure there are other malls you can go to. The mother must not pass the buck here,charge her with child endangerment that will be a lesson to other parents too.

      maritza.gobey - 2012-01-25 15:11

      Do you stay in Toti? Or do you have a idea of what you are talking about Buli?! Because it doesnt seem that you know that one of the so called malls closed, because all the shops moved to Galleria? I try and avoid going to Galleria at any cost!

  • smahlaba - 2012-01-25 12:14

    The government needs to form a task team and investigate this.

      march54 - 2012-01-25 12:28

      Yes, let us waste more tax payers' money to find the is a need for a "No bare feet" sign that should already be on display.

      Kit - 2012-01-25 12:40

      you must be in government and have nothing better to do right - LOL

      Buck - 2012-01-25 12:52

      I am sure you are being sarcastic, right?

      Silvana - 2012-01-25 13:19

      @Sifiso Mahlaba. LOL Love your sense of humour.

      Jason - 2012-01-25 17:10

      Smahlaba - I laughed at that, hah hah task team to investigate an irresponsible mother - yeah nice bright idea that one!!

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-26 13:53

      The government needs to form a task team and investigate this......ROTFLMAO!!!!!! Stop watching Law & Order

  • Sands.Porter - 2012-01-25 12:18

    What I'd like to know is how the childs foot got stuck? Did the step come down on it or was it at the top..... Steps on escalators always seem to be flush so I can't understand how her toes got stuck!!!!

  • John - 2012-01-25 12:21

    Lets not start blaming anyone. Its an unfortunate event, but That's why they call it an accident... We've all done doff things in our life.

  • Sands.Porter - 2012-01-25 12:28

    In Tesco's overseas they do not have escalators they have slow moving ramps which have a rubber coating. I have seen one in Krugersdorp in the President Supermarket building.... I would love to see these in all shopping centres. Especially for people like myself who are terrified of lifts and often take my grandchild in a pushchair....

      Kit - 2012-01-25 12:46

      Who will foot the bill for these expenses in ALL malls? This is a mall in a middle class village/town providing affordable goods and services to its citizens. Installing belts like this will increase rentals and thus prices of goods and worse of all some tenants will have to vacate and leave empty malls to be vandilised.

  • Kit - 2012-01-25 12:30

    If you jump a red light or ignore a stop sign and cause an accident who you going to sue? Warning signs are there for people to protect them against idiots like you.

  • keith.gough - 2012-01-25 12:30

    those without sin can cast the first stones. As a parent most of you will know that taking a child to the mall can be trying at the best of times, and riding the escalators barefoot is just a tragic oversight. I bet that mother had even forgotten that her child was barefoot. All these supercilious comments just reek of delight at other's misfortunes.

  • Adrian - 2012-01-25 12:34

    Reading the comments, what a lot of conditioned victims our society has become! The escalator is obviously a death trap. If it can mangle a foot it can mangle anything else. Everyone blames the victim! That's why our corrupt rulers don't bother to fix pot holes either. A pothole warning sign will do. Death to all who don't comply! If only there was medicine for stupidity. Silly Sheeple.

      Kit - 2012-01-25 12:52

      Malls are privately owned, not by corrupt rulers, please use your brain. I'm sure the tenants will make sure that the mall will comply with all safety standards and that the escalaters are serviced regularly by the contracter. The tenants and mall owners rely on customers to keep them in business.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-25 13:23

      Nanny state? That what you want? Yes, you have a valid point re the corrupt rulers, but in this case signs were ignored, and common sense not applied by an individual, The Mother.

  • Hugh - 2012-01-25 12:39

    There could be a liability claim against the mall, all lifts are suppose to have safety switch on the doors so that they cannot shut when there is an obstruction. However, every mall carries a liability disclaimer the event such as this, and lift maintenance is strictly governed and managed.

      Johan Retief - 2012-01-25 12:46

      Okay. Lift vs Escalator. Maybe look it up and rethink your comment.

      Linda - 2012-01-25 14:05

      Did you actually READ the story, Hugh? It was an escalator dude. You know - those staircases that move?

  • Henry.E.S.Moorcroft - 2012-01-25 12:39

    ...so what would we all say if the child had shoes on??

  • Ryan Rabe - 2012-01-25 12:50

    If the escalator isn't a hazard then how did this happen? people need to realize that accidents happen and its not her or the child's fault. If the escalator is safe and up to standard then this would not have happened. And for the record people need to know the correct facts before placing there comments because no1 has the correct facts so in all honesty no1 can take you people that are placing ugly comments seriously. and to the people that are being supportive thank you we need more people like you in this world.

      sueffun - 2012-01-26 14:40

      Escalators all over the world tell you not to go on them barefoot, to pick up long skirts etc. Its actually commonsense which from reading a lot of these comments people don't seem to have.

  • Lyzelle - 2012-01-25 12:53

    The poor child! If she was on her own, I could understand her not being able to read the signs - but with her mother????????

  • Silvana - 2012-01-25 12:55

    Mariska Roux, you are a moron! All shopping malls that I go to have signs warning people not to go barefoot on the escalators. You are 100% to blame for this.

      Henry.E.S.Moorcroft - 2012-01-25 14:44

      I'm now in the Loch Logan Waterfront in Mangaung (Bloem)....and there is NO sign next to the escalator or on the escalator WARNING the public that you are not allowed on it without shoes. The following pictures are on it. 1. A man carrying his pet (must) 2. Do not put your foot on the side 3. Parents should hold their child's hand while on the escalator (must) So your point being that ALL mall's have the 'barefoot' sign is not true. Do you want me to take a picture?

      maritza.gobey - 2012-01-25 14:50

      Henry, what is sad is that people ASSUME that these signs are up, and they are obviously not!

  • Billy - 2012-01-25 12:58

    I feel bitterly sorry for the little girl and hope she recovers to a degree that she can enjoy a normal life! As for the signs in the mall, those signs have been around since I was a little girl. It is a well known fact that barefeet and escalator's are a big no no!! The Mom is responsible for her childs safety and should know better!!!