June 1, 2005

Your Harrowing Tale of the Day

a straggling shopper in a pink sweater was running toward the down escalator. she didn’t pay attention to the woman with the knife and kind of skipped onto the elevator, ahead of her. thinking she was safe, she began folding her jacket. the woman with the knife stepped onto the escalator behind her.

Holy moley. I can almost imagine seeing this at the mall.

Once, we were at the Providence Place Mall and someone dropped something from one of the escalators. Maggie and I had just turned different directions, and we had the girls with us. Whatever fell from he escalator exploded nearby with a loud report that had out ears ringing for a while afterward. It unsettled the children quite a bit, but I never did see exactly what happened.

Obviously, this is much worse. But there is a random element at work when you are out among a crowd of people.

Posted by James at June 1, 2005 1:59 AM
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How frightening. This is the kind of thing I am always worried is going to happen in the mall. I love to go to the mall and "people watch" but I am always a little freaked out when I see a strange looking person hanging out. Of course, these days, it is hard to determine what is strange sometimes. I guess looks really don't matter, though. It seems, from the story, that this woman looked very normal. Scary.

Posted by: Princess Carmen at June 1, 2005 7:59 AM

It sounds like she looked relatively normal, except for all the cutlery. An armload of cutlery is not that strange a sight in a place where you can purchase cutlery. There should be a warning about not using them in the store. Or, perhaps, not on the other shoppers.

I was up quite late last night and Irina, the author of that blog, noticed the trackback and instant messaged me.

We had a conversation colored by the fact that we were both up late. I know I was a little groggy. I'm pretty sure that, as parting advice, I told her to "stay away from stabby shoppers."

Urg. She clearly has a sense of humor, because she laughed at that. And she really thinks I need a new blog layout. When I said I hate working on blog layout, she asked if I ever wear pants. That seemed to me to be an odd segue.

(It was the lead-in to a metaphor for using pre-made layout templates)

Posted by: James at June 1, 2005 8:28 AM

At least she didn't have a gun. What an odd situation, randomly stabbing people. I imagine the second victim thought that there was a personal motivation for the first stabbing.

Posted by: Maggie at June 1, 2005 8:48 AM

That is frightening. I used to shop in that mall.

Posted by: briwei at June 1, 2005 11:13 AM

Here is the article about the stabbing in the WaPo.

Irina is quoted.

I think that seeing something like this would make me jumpy for weeks afterward.

Posted by: James at June 1, 2005 12:09 PM

Er, bad construction. The stabbing wasn't at the WaPo. The article is in the WaPo. The stabbing was at the mall.

Posted by: James at June 1, 2005 12:10 PM

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