Man stops train for dropped iPhone
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:53a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Dunedin’s Tarei Gorge train came to a screeching halt yesterday after a teenager dropped his iPhone out the window, panicked and pulled the emergency stop lever.
Spencer Sutherland, 13, was framing the gorge’s scenery with his phone’s camera when the incident happened.
“I pulled the emergency thing that you only pull in extreme emergencies […] It is very important to me,” he told Otago Daily Times.
Mr Sutherland's family members and some overseas friends were also aboard and watched the incident unfold.
The train’s brakes deployed and it stopped 700 metres up the track.
Staff were alerted to Mr Sutherland’s slip of the hand and helped him search for the device but were unsuccessful - instead pinning their hopes on finding it on the return leg of the journey. The phone was later recovered.
Mr Sutherland was applauded by passengers when staff handed him the undamaged iPhone, which was a Christmas gift from 2010.
The chief executive of the train company, Murray Bond, says although Mr Sutherland’s behaviour is not encouraged, it meant his customer was happy.
“That is the spirit of Taieri Gorge Railway; that we do things other companies won't necessarily do,” he told Otago Daily Times.
KiwiRail, who operates most other passenger train services in New Zealand, says they would stop their train in the same circumstances if the timing was right.
“With the Tairei Gorge line, there’s only one train at one time so they can afford to do that,” a spokesperson says.
“We would try and help our customers but it would really depend on the circumstances and how many trains were using the line at the time.”
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16/01/2013 5:24:25 p.m.
emergancy breaks should ahve kicked him off the train as this is not that systems inteded purpose and he quite possibly could ahvwe caused more harm than good
9/01/2013 1:12:41 p.m.
Er....not a man... He is a boy.... Just sayin... :)
While it is a feel good story and I am glad he got his phone and the other passengers didnt go crook at him, I would like to hope that as he gets older he wont do the same thing again...people might think it is 'cute' for a kid to panic and hit the emergency brakes, but an adult would not be getting the same reaction!
GREAT that people are taking the train though! (Loved that as a youngster!!)
9/01/2013 9:58:21 a.m.
Hang on... a 13yo who was given an iPhone in 2010? clearly there isn't a financial crisis... more like a priority crisis.
8/01/2013 11:13:07 p.m.
This is pretty funny. He's 13, it was the heat of the moment and he panicked and did a foolish thing. I get why they weren't too fussed. If he was 30 I would hope the company would respond differently though.
8/01/2013 3:53:12 p.m.
Kevin Milne wrote:
Kevin Milne wasn't on that train, was he?
8/01/2013 3:07:13 p.m.
Big D wrote:
Typical of Taieri Gorge Railway. This is the attitude that brings the passengers back. It does not take long for the good word to be spread around. We hear too much of the bad things that happen, so for once we have something good to hear.
Let us all give the Train Crew a pat on the back.
8/01/2013 2:37:06 p.m.
Wrong, fine should be in order. Dropping a phone is not an emergency, it's stupidity. Lesson should be learned kid!
8/01/2013 2:15:34 p.m.
Thats awesome, good on them for stopping and looking and I'd highly doubt any other train would do the same since the comments from other services seemed (bitchy)
8/01/2013 2:07:54 p.m.
Matthew Bell-Hills wrote:
Who would take a picture with a iphone out of the window?
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