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Monday, February 06, 2012

Indonesia 'rail surfers' face 'goop' brooms - CBC News

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Feb 6, 2012  |  Bryan TX
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Indonesia 'rail surfers' face 'goop' brooms - CBC News: "Indonesia has come up with another bizarre plan to keep commuters from riding on the roofs of trains: Swat them with brooms drenched in putrid goop.

"For anyone who is still up there, it'll be like a whip," said Ahmad Sujadi, of the state-run railway, PT Kereta Api Indonesia."

'via Blog this'
Thrillseeking ‘train surfers’ in Indonesia will be brought down to earth with a bump as part of a new scheme to crack down on fare dodgers.

Rail bosses in Indonesia hope they’re on the right track to get rid of pesky roof-riders – by installing grapefruit-sized concrete balls to sweep the tops of carriages.

They hope to derail hundreds of passengers who dice with death by clambering on top of trains, either to dodge the fares or escape the crush inside.

A spokesman for the state-owned railway company, PT Kereta Api, said: ‘We’ve tried just about everything, even putting rolls of barbed wire on the roof, but nothing seems to work. Maybe this will do it.’

The first set of the silver-painted balls was installed near a station just outside Jakarta.

But the effect was rather lost when it emerged bungling officials had made the chains too short, leaving a gap of about 40cm (16in) between the balls and passing trains.
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