Indonesia's New Barrier To Deter Train Roof Riders

Published February 6, 2012 3:54AM (EST)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has come up with another bizarre plan to keep commuters from riding on the roofs of trains: Swat them with brooms drenched in putrid goop.

Railway official Ahmad Sujadi says the contraptions will be installed at select crossings beginning Monday.

Anyone still defying the roof-riding ban risks being "whipped."

Indonesia has tried everything imaginable to keep passengers from clamoring to the roofs of the country's overcrowded trains, including spraying them with paint guns and calling in sniffer dogs.

Last month, authorities dangled grapefruit-sized concrete balls from a frame above the tracks. Worried they'd be hurt or even killed, "rail surfers" finally called it quits.

Sujadi decided it wouldn't hurt to try the broom idea too.

By Salon Staff

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