Escalators Love Crocs Almost As Much As I DoSaturday, January 28, 2012
Reader Charles Everett sent this article to me, knowing my dislike for America’s favorite slob shoe: Crocs. The shoemaker, Crocs Inc., is being sued because the shoes are “dangerous” for kids.
The Motzney lawsuit said that the daughter received her pink child’s-sized Crocs as a gift from a relative, who bought them in December 2010. She was wearing the Crocs, which were caught in the side of the escalator in the JCPenney department store on Aug. 13, 2011, the lawsuit said.
Laskin said the girl lost the little toe on her left foot and the skin off the bottom of that foot.
The lawsuit claims that Crocs has known since 2005 that children have been injured while wearing Crocs that “were sucked into the side skirts of moving escalators.” The suit cites a June 2008 letter from Crocs to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission acknowledging that Crocs had received 186 claims of escalator injuries.
I know this is not meant to be funny so I’ll skip the snide comments. Perhaps the problem is that folks wear these things three sizes too big, with two inches between their heel and the rear of the shoe, and another inch or two of space forward of the toes, with the shoes flapping about like a child playing dress-up in Mommy’s shoes? What about saggy pants? Do those get caught in escalators, too? Will Wolverine Boot find it profitable to make a pair-of “safe” steel-toe, work-worthy Crocs for the lumberjacks, machinists, and construction workers? Even without the macho Croc model, George Bush once chose to wear this fashion atrocity.
It turns out that hospitals are banning Crocs because the shoes … don’t protect the Croc owner’s feet from sharp objects. This story in the Mail Online notes that “hospitals in the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Austria recently introduced bans on staff wearing Croc-style shoes because of safety concerns.” Can’t we just declare Crocs a negative externality and thereby tax folks who wear them to appropriately compensate the rest of us for our pain of having to look at them? (Libertarianoids: I am joking.)