Escalator malfunction leads to injuries and arrests

After an escalator malfunctioned and reversed its course at high speed, sending shoppers sprawling into a mall concourse, two engineers called in to investigate were themselves arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.

Why were the men arrested?

Officials had called in the two technicians, who work for Otis Elevator Company, to assist in investigations hours after the incident. The escalator had been shut down and all personnel involved in the investigation were ordered not to touch it. Late on Sunday night however, officials discovered that the escalator's auxiliary braking system had been reactivated, reported local media. Newspaper Apple Daily said the reactivation could have affected the escalator's computer data records. Officials ordered police to arrest the two men on the spot.

It's important that we realize there's nothing remotely funny about that video of screaming humans piling up at the foot of a haywire escalator.

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Store manager vs alleged shoplifter

KodyXO's video has everything going for it, from landscape-oriented 60fps footage to elderly ladies refereeing a wrestling match in a grocery store between a store manager and an alleged shoplifter. There's even an annoying photobomber!

EMPLOYEE: "You're shoplifting, you can't shoplift here!" THE ACCUSED: "Yeah? Why not?" EMPLOYEE: (momentarily baffled) "Wh.. Why not?"

The arrestee was reportedly charged with third-degree robbery.

Big retailers might let you walk off if the cops don't arrive in time, but stores can and do detain shoplifters. Rite-Aid's got its staffer's back, but one imagines there may be a chain-wide round of "why we just let them go" retraining days quite soon.

It's interesting to see how different media cast the events of the video. The local Hillsborough Tribune sticks to the facts, as it sees them...

The two fight over the purse, with the woman pulling, yanking and twisting in order to pry it from his grip. At one point the woman tries to punch the employee, and kicks him. He tells her that she is not allowed to shoplift in the store. Eventally the man wrestles her to the floor as she attempts to strike him.

"Ma'am, you need to chill out," a voice is heard on the video as the woman is on the ground. "You need to chill."

The woman screams "Let me go!" several times, but eventually relinquishes the purse to the employee as Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrive and arrest her. ... "You can use reasonable force to detain someone," Reimann said.

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9 minutes of Aussie-flavoured dashcam hell

"Faaaaaack!"

"You SILLY person!"

Jesus Chroiiiiist!

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Slow-motion footage of an airburst nuclear explosion hitting the ground

From the newly-released archives.

After collecting dust in high-security vaults for more than 65 years, hundreds of reels of film showing Cold War nuclear bomb tests have been declassified by the United States.

From 1945 to 1962, the United States detonated more than 210 nuclear bombs, with multiple cameras capturing each explosion at around 2,400 frames per second.

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Man in stock footage is typing nonsense

Or perhaps he finally got his emacs the way he likes it. [via] Read the rest

Helmet camera captures skiier tumbling over 150-ft cliff

He's fine. Fine and damnned lucky: "Turns out I am afraid of heights."

Skier Devin Stratton managed to ski himself off of an unmarked 150-foot cliff last week in the backcountry of the Wasatch Range in Utah, and escaped without so much as a bruise.

Stratton was capturing his run using a GoPro attached to his helmet, giving the world a first person POV of what it looks like when you accidentally find yourself skiing off a cliff. According to an interview with the Washington Post, he rarely wears the camera, but for some reason he flipped it on for this run.

In the clip, Stratton can be seen hitting fresh powder with some nearby runs. A few ski trails in the snow lead to a small hill, but Stratton doesn't notice that they stop before it's too late and he's going over.

Stratton turns his body as he's falling and manages to land on his back. According to the Post, Stratton credits the two feet of fresh powder and his packed backpack for cushioning his fall.

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Man has best day ever

"My husband freaking out over a potential road rage fight," writes Em Spiers. Read the rest

Short film: gentleman realizes his pickpocketing of stranded motorist was caught on camera

Clips of this are going viral as genuine security footage, but it's really a short film by Rasheed Parakkal about how technology helps us find redemption. Read the rest

"We have a bear inside of our house right now."

A fellow freaks out after a bear comes into his house. Crouching on the landing, he turns on his camera and waits for death, or, perhaps, to be informed how not to do vertical video. "It's coming up the stairs!" Read the rest

Woman mysteriously disappears on live TV

Watch to the left on this Sportcenter interview in an airport.

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Stabilized, interpolated, panoramic footage of JFK's assassination

This is incredible: multiple films of JFK's assassination not only superimposed and stabilized, but slowed down and interpolated to 30fps and allowed to build a panoramic view of the unfolding event. The interpolation makes it very untrustworthy, but the overall effect is fascinating: zoom and enhance for real. [Video Link] Read the rest