Chinese Subway Riders Given Giant Punching Bags to Deal With Commuter Rage (Video)
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While not nearly as bad as road rage, some commuters using public transportation could get a little riled up during long or arduous trips in rush hour traffic. One subway station in China may have a clever solution to anyone who needs to vent their stress (or boredom), offering giant punching bags to riders.
The punching bag is, in actuality, a very clever ad campaign by Adidas, installed in Shanghai. The slogan written on it, according to Micgadget, says, "Every year you have to wait on the platform for about 1,824 minutes. Don't waste your time, come and have some punch !"
That is a LOT of waiting on a subway platform. And it's not a bad way to get some exercise or blow off some steam while waiting. Fun installations like these are definitely a way to get more people interested in using public transit, or at least enjoying the daily ride a little more. The recent slide installed in Utrecht or the swings on the BART in San Francisco are prime examples. However, there could be a downside...
As Dvice points out, "Now, I understand there are droves of stressed out workers going to work and returning home in China, like there are in every other major global city, but a subway station doesn't exactly seem like the best place to install a punching bag. One blown nerve and a person taking it out their virtual boss on the bag could end up accidentally injuring a bystander."
As long as everyone is careful, it would be a lot of fun to have at it while waiting for a train.
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