Creep-pee: Mexico City Subways Suffer Constant Shutdowns Because Everyone's Urinating Into the Escalators



If you’re a lover of the Mexico City subway, I don’t wanna take the p*ss out of your affection…

But this story’s gotta be told.


It’s golden.

The densely-populated state’s Metro line has a problem.

True — the system’s escalators are old and roughly used.

But is age the reason their drive wheels and mechanisms keep corroding?

As a result, the moving staircases frequently break down, and passengers don’t like it.

Yet, officials have an excuse that..relieves…them of responsibility.

Assistant Manager Fermin Ramirez told The Associated Press it’s the dingalings using the subway that’ve caused stations’ dive into the toilet.

The culprit: copious amounts of pee.

From the AP:

In a list published Tuesday, the Metro system listed “corrosion due to urine” as one of the top five causes of escalator breakdowns.

Here’s Fermin:

“When we open up escalators for maintenance, there is always urine.”

But whose fault is it really?

Most stations have no public bathroom facilities, a fact Twitter users were quick to point out, noting there are not even any pay toilets.

Twitter certainly did respond:


There was even this:

Of course, government should be given a fair shake; but at the end of the day, it’s the state’s responsibility to keep things flowing.

Why aren’t there bathrooms?

Putting toilets aside, the state’s on the ball: Over the next two years, MC plans to replace about 55 escalators.

As of now, 22 of the 467 are out on any given day.

And we’re talking tons of pee:

With over 1.6 billion rides per year, the Mexico City subway is considered the eighth largest in the world by some measures, and one of the cheapest: A 25-cent ticket will get you a single ride to any destination on the 140-mile (226-kilometer) system.


If you ask me, the bigger story’s the risk to male passengers.

If people are just hanging out on the escalator…I seem to recall many tales of riders getting their sleeves stuck in — or ripped off by — the moving handrail.

The vandals probably aren’t thirsty; their bladders are full.

Are they hungry? If they don’t watch it, they could find themselves holding an inchilada.



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