A US man's attempt to perform an "escalator helicopter" has cost him more than $3500 after the automated stairs shattered under his weight, throwing him to the ground headfirst.
A mobile phone video of the costly prank, which occurred on March 17 at the Colorado Springs Mall in Colorado, was posted online yesterday by Andrew Nichols, who told ninemsn his 18-year-old friend Joe Szklarski was the victim.
"So my friend broke the escalator at the mall," he wrote.
"US$3700 ($3542) in fees."
"It still is as funny as crap and I've seen it so many times!"
To successfully perform an escalator helicopter, a person lies on the handrails of two escalators moving in opposite directions and is spun around like the blades of a helicopter.
It didn't work out for Mr Szklarski, who fell in the small space between the escalators almost instantly, shattering the glass and damaging the tracks.
He avoided criminal charges because he did not attempt to flee after breaking the escalator.
Mr Nichols said his friend told him "he wanted to man up to it".
"I couldn't afford to replace another," Mr Szklarski said.
Source: Andrew Nichols
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Mark Worley