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   Undertoad  Tuesday Feb 10 01:41 PM

2/10/2004: Overloaded Kenyan train



Overloaded public transportation is an IotD regular thing, and here we have a train near Nairobi, Kenya.



It turns out that this overloading is due to a government regulation of private minibuses. Apparently many Kenyans get around via minibuses, and they are very unsafe; and the government has demanded safety considerations such as the wearing of seatbelts, and took 100 minibuses off the streets in one day.

Thus, they take the train. Which, you imagine, is MUCH less safe.

This kind of unsafe safety regulation happens all the time, and not just in the third world. Suppose a ladder is a little unsafe. We over-regulate, or over SUE the LADDER maker; the ladder maker raises the price to overcome the regulation/lawsuits; and so the price increases, so many people don't buy the ladder. And thus they still use their older ladder, which is less safe, or they climb up on chairs and such, which isn't safe at all.



MachineyBear  Tuesday Feb 10 01:52 PM

Overloaded? Bah, I can still see some train.



glatt  Tuesday Feb 10 02:11 PM

I rode on a train before.



e unibus plurum  Tuesday Feb 10 02:25 PM

All a'bo....

oh, n/m



lumberjim  Tuesday Feb 10 04:18 PM

heh....i've mentioned our Kenyan salesman before. He just walked by and said " is that Kenya?" .....he knew all about this...the minibusses are nissans, and they have no seatbelts.....the new law mandates them, so until they're retrofit, poeple MUST ride these trains to get to "waaahk" (work)



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 10 04:55 PM

Let's see, Kenya = hot = sweaty. Can you imagine what it's like INSIDE that train?



Rokko  Tuesday Feb 10 05:21 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
Let's see, Kenya = hot = sweaty. Can you imagine what it's like INSIDE that train?
well duh, thats why theyre riding on top. :p


dar512  Tuesday Feb 10 05:39 PM

Some are. There are also some in the train. See the first picture.



Leah  Tuesday Feb 10 08:02 PM

I'm not getting on that train, phew. I'll just wait patiently for the next one to come along.



Rokko  Tuesday Feb 10 08:30 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dar512
Some are. There are also some in the train. See the first picture.
oh shush.


Olikat  Wednesday Feb 11 01:50 AM

I wonder how fast those things go ::choo CHoo::



Whit  Wednesday Feb 11 01:54 AM

      Wow, I feel like my personal space has been invaded just looking at that...



chrisinhouston  Thursday Feb 12 09:51 AM

And thus they still use their older ladder, which is less safe, ...

Sort of like the low volume toilets that are mandated in new construction in most states. They use a lot less water but you have to flush them 2-3 times to clear the bowl, thus using the same or more water then before.



glatt  Thursday Feb 12 10:24 AM

Re: And thus they still use their older ladder, which is less safe, ...

Quote:
Originally posted by chrisinhouston
Sort of like the low volume toilets that are mandated in new construction in most states. They use a lot less water but you have to flush them 2-3 times to clear the bowl, thus using the same or more water then before.
Try using less toilet paper. And eating more fiber.


lumberjim  Thursday Feb 12 11:27 AM

Re: And thus they still use their older ladder, which is less safe, ...

Quote:
Originally posted by chrisinhouston
Sort of like the low volume toilets that are mandated in new construction in most states. They use a lot less water but you have to flush them 2-3 times to clear the bowl, thus using the same or more water then before.

BUT......you have less poop molecules to deal with.


tjennings  Thursday Feb 12 11:51 AM

I guess poop molecules should actually be spelled PO2P shouldn't it?



OnyxCougar  Thursday Feb 12 11:31 PM

Re: Re: And thus they still use their older ladder, which is less safe, ...

Quote:
Originally posted by lumberjim



BUT......you have less poop molecules to deal with.
ROFLMFAO .... OMG that was beautiful!!!!


That Guy  Friday Feb 13 03:59 AM

Re: 2/10/2004: Overloaded Kenyan train

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad
Suppose a ladder is a little unsafe. We over-regulate, or over SUE the LADDER maker; the ladder maker raises the price to overcome the regulation/lawsuits; and so the price increases, so many people don't buy the ladder. And thus they still use their older ladder, which is less safe, or they climb up on chairs and such, which isn't safe at all.
I'll suppose that ladder isn't safe and raise you one broken back.

"And that has never happened." Good save.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 14 06:53 PM

Perfect example. The ladder did not fail. The guy screwed up but he'll probably sue anyway.



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