It's dangerous out there. Even inside the seemingly safe confines of the ultra-yuppie Bellevue Square mall, where a malfunctioning escalator at Macy's that appeared to "crunch into itself like a deck of cards or an accordion," according to MyNorthwest.com, sent four holiday shoppers to the hospital Thursday night.
The good news is the injuries sustained were minor, though - by all indications - it left shoppers momentarily shaken, and likely slowed the pace with which credit cards were being swiped in the Christmas spirit.
Speaking with Fire Lt. Troy Donlin, MyNorthwest.com reports that a man in his 30s suffered a minor injury, while a women and two 3-year-old children were also transported to the hospital for "precautionary checks."
"Hearing the children scream. It was horrible," says [shopper Angela] Marks. "People were very shaken up afterwards."
Donlin described the problem as "some sort of mechanical failure" at the top of the escalator and added that "some steps are not where they belong." He didn't know how many people were on the escalator at the time. It was quickly cordoned off although the store remained open.
Let's be honest: If Santa can slide down every chimney in the world to bring toys to good little boys and girls, it's going to take a lot more than a malfunctioning escalator to close Macy's during the holiday rush.