Anyone could make the mistake of walking toward the wrong escalator–especially after a few beers–but most of us would realize our error within moments. Not this “drunk Japanese businessman,” who keeps trying to descend an upwardly moving staircase for more than a minute, ignoring other London commuters’ attempts to help him.
The cameraman who filmed this feat of alcoholic stupidity told reporters:
“At first I thought he was playing [a prank] but when we saw his dogged stagger and realized he was alone, I knew we were about to witness something truly brilliant. … Eventually, we let the poor sod out of his hamster wheel-like hell. After pausing for a few seconds, he turned around and walked out, as if nothing ever happened, saying nothing, leaving us stunned.”
If no one had pressed the emergency stop button, this guy might’ve been stuck in escalator purgatory forever. Or at least until the hangover passed. Video below: