Describing something as an “incident at Waterloo Station” does not do enough to satisfy my curiosity. Especially when it involves a fire engine outside the station and an ambulance parked in front of the ticket barriers. That’s interesting; I want to know what’s going on.
I first thought, maybe it’s something as trivial as someone getting trapped in one of the on-board toilets. As I have now discovered it was actually someone under a train, which obviously is a terrible thing.
This seems to happen to me a lot. A while back I was attempting to contact the Apple Store in the Bentall Centre in Kingston to chase up a repair and the hold message changed to ‘due to unforeseen circumstances this store is closed’. I wondered what the heck it was, maybe a bomb threat or something. It later emerged it was a woman who had tragically fallen from the top floor.
The reason why people crowd around accidents (or ‘incidents’) is because they want to see what’s going on. Most people are inherently nosy. That’s the inquisitive nature that got humanity so far… until it turned into the desire to hear celeb gossip, and now we’re mostly fucked.
There might have been a point to this post, but if there was it has temporarily escaped me.