Squat - Ride - Busted - Dyed!
(CNN) -- The risk of being jolted by 1,500 volts of electricity hasn't scared them off. Neither have fears of falling off the speeding electric trains.
Thousands of passengers ride on overloaded trains
in Jakarta every day.
So Indonesian railway officials on Monday will unleash a new weapon on commuters who squat on top of railway cars: spray them with colored dye, a local newspaper reported.
When one travels by train in Indonesia, a seat is never guaranteed - in fact, unless you began your ride early in the train's scheduled run, you're unlikely to obtain a seat at all in the sardine-can that is known as commuter travel.
Those who are unable to afford a ticket, or perhaps those who only want to avoid the stifling congestion inside the railway cars have come up with a solution - riding on top of the railway cars!
Officials have tried ways to deter these "roof-riders" to no avail and have now come up with yet another solution to prevent the roof-riders from hitching a ride.
The plan is to spray them with dye as the train departs, so that they can easily be identified by officials at the next train station.
"We will confiscate their IDs and give them a ticket," Akhmand Sujadi, regional spokesman for the transit agency Kerata Api, told the newspaper. "We will send a copy of the ticket to their family, their local neighborhood unit head, their employer, or, if they're students, their headmasters."
Roof-riders are only able to reclaim their IDs by "writing a letter regarding their behavior, to be signed by the person who received their ticket."
With 53 roof-riders dying in the past two years alone, strategies have to be discussed and employed to deter these people from tempting death the way they do twice each day. I'm sure that wives and daughters must worry each day about whether or not fathers and husbands will return each night.
While the latest strategy might seem a little extreme, at least it's not a violent one and for that the powers-that-be should be commended.
One can only imagine with horror what might have happened to these roof-riders in China.
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