Banned Hoverboards, and Some Videos

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    Dec 27, 2015 6:49 PM GMT
    Just saw an online news piece about people falling off their hoverboards. And it reminded me of a recent incident.

    I was in a South Florida Publix supermarket a few weeks ago, when some customer came whizzing down the aisle on a hoverboard, really fast. I had to literally jump out of his way. Not easy with my cane and limited mobility.

    Then I was in another aisle and he came at me again. Not even an "excuse me" from him. I'm accustomed to electric carts and wheel chairs for the handicapped, but those move at a walking pace. This guy was just flying, and as he's standing upright you don't realize he's got this relatively small electric device under him until he's right on top of you.

    I considered notifying the store management, but this guy seemed to have left the store almost immediately. But then about 2 days later by coincidence I got an unrelated email solicitation from Publix to provide my comments about their store.

    I was very complimentary, because I do like shopping at Publix (well, insofar as I like shopping at any supermarket, not my favorite activity). And I mentioned this hoverboard incident, and asked them what their store policy is.

    I got emailed a couple of interim replies, saying they were referring it up the corporate ladder, and keeping me informed. Then I got notified that their store-wide policy was now no hoverboards allowed at all, period. And an email from our local store manager, apologizing for the incident, and inviting me to meet with him.

    So I did, and spent most of my time praising his store and his staff. I don't like being a complaining & difficult customer in these situations, when I can see the management is trying to correct things. And of course thanking Publix for their decision, which he said all his employees had been told about by him at a meeting, and who now knew to prevent hoverboard use in the aisles. A new thing for all of us.

    I was impressed by their response and actions. No wonder Publix rates highly in the rankings of supermarket chains by Consumer Reports magazine.
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    Dec 27, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
    This first link has one of those annoying commercials before it begins. All kinds of hoverboard fails. I begin to think these things will eventually be banned everywhere:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/people-are-falling-off-their-hoverboards-and-getting-it-all-on-video-591929924002



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    Dec 27, 2015 11:56 PM GMT
    I saw a kid about 15 riding one today and it looked awesome. I think it would be useful to use one after work if your feet hurt from standing all day...you just wizz home swiftly. Are these allowed on sidewalks or streets??
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    Dec 28, 2015 12:07 AM GMT
    venue35 saidI saw a kid about 15 riding one today and it looked awesome. I think it would be useful to use one after work if your feet hurt from standing all day...you just wizz home swiftly. Are these allowed on sidewalks or streets??

    I don't know what the laws are. As I said in the OP, the Publix supermarket chain has banned them in their stores, perhaps at my prompting, I can't be sure.

    I wonder if most people who get them ever master these things?

    And how do you brake them? The guy who almost ran me down twice in Publix was moving really fast. Do you just jump off it, and stop yourself as if you had been running? Does the hoverboard keep going a distance and hit others? All new to me.
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    Dec 28, 2015 12:27 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Didn't you have an issue at Publix a year or two ago?

    Nope, what issue would you have in mind? Another thing you invented about me?

    The strangest thing most recently was a customer carrying around a skunk on her shoulder about a month or 2 ago. But I didn't say anything about it in the store, just mentioned it in a post here.

    The Wilton Manors Publix is like a gay and lesbian pride fest, we always see many of our friends there. And it's so cute, watching all the gay couples shopping together.

    But every now and then we do get some eccentrics, maybe not as bad as the "People of Walmart" site shows, but close. I mean, the skunk was kinda over the top. And guys are always trying to take their dogs inside. I'm sorry, but this is a place with fresh meat, seafood and produce, and I don't want your dog in there running around.
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    Dec 28, 2015 12:57 AM GMT
    venue35 said
    Are these allowed on sidewalks or streets??

    Well, according to this linked article, I guess hoverboards are, or are about to be, more tightly regulated in California and New York. Things like mandatory helmet use, and being confined to roads or bike lanes, bared from sidewalks. With fines and even confiscation for violations.

    But I find this article about as clear as mud. So I don't really know what's happening. Stay tuned...

    http://www.inquisitr.com/2656732/hoverboard-scooter-riders-in-california-could-be-fined-and-have-their-hoverboards-taken-away-with-this-new-law/
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    Dec 28, 2015 12:56 PM GMT
    I don't see how road use would be allowed but not sidewalks. I think it's an amazing piece of technology and if used correctly it sure beats walking.
    Now i can see why using one like a bat out of hell in a supermarket would be considered dangerous.
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    Dec 28, 2015 2:07 PM GMT
    venue35 saidI don't see how road use would be allowed but not sidewalks. I think it's an amazing piece of technology and if used correctly it sure beats walking.
    Now i can see why using one like a bat out of hell in a supermarket would be considered dangerous.

    Yeah, or used in any crowded shopping space. But then you can save energy, and reduce the impact on joints of walking, by wearing roller blades. And I never see them in stores, either. Perhaps they're also too difficult to control in confined, tight places? I've seen store signs prohibiting their use indoors.

    I have to wonder how long this hoverboard thing will continue, if it will become a marginalized passing fad. Segways were the next big thing for a while, and police departments were buying them for patrol work, especially in crowd control situations. Now I hardly ever see one.
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    Dec 28, 2015 11:30 PM GMT
    That thing in mall cop looks safer because you are holding on to something. I forget what they are called but they go quite fast.
    I've seen these around the city as well..tourists rent them.
    But ive never seen one at the mall icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 29, 2015 6:42 AM GMT
    A few days ago , i saw a bloke riding one on the Woolworth carpark squeezing himself between the trolleys left behind .It was quite impressive of how it could maneuver so fast in such the small spaces left between those trolleys .
    As everything motorised , training and practice is the answer.
    Don't be around public if you are not in control of your motorised way of locomotion ...