This happened on the JR Chuo line this morning. A guy made a dash for the train door and the door almost closed but he pried it open. A train conductor announced "rushing to get on the train is dangerous so please be careful." This is the normal announcement. But then he went on to say: "You alone will be responsible if you are seriously injured".They sure are polite in Japan. If this had happened in the US, it's likely that a screaming match between the conductor, door-opener, and other passengers would have ensued. Link
Hmm a new comment was added today. Another customer who heard this announcement complained to JR and JR apologized: "We apologize for his inconsiderate comments". But the the train conducter in question said "His rushing was so bad, it caused me to make an emotional comment."
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