Enough already. I feel like the past year has been a repeating loop of the song "Nookie," where "nookie" is replaced with "Instagram" and Fred Durst is replaced with people who are somehow more stupid than Fred Durst. Internet points are not worth breaking the law or risking your life for; they just aren't. But try telling that to the woman who decided to do a handstand on the DC Metro tracks.
Less than a week after a teenager in Russia fell from a building and died while trying to capture a photo for his Instagram, a Virginia woman has been arrested after security camera footage caught her and a partner climbing down onto the Metrorail tracks at a station just outside of Washington DC last year. You can see NBC Washington's report on the incident below.
The woman's name has not been released, but she is scheduled to appear in court to face trespassing charges later this month. While her identity has not been officially verified, there are several photos floating around the internet that appear to be from the "Metrorail Shoot".
In the video, you see the woman stumble and almost fall, not once, but twice, before then deciding to be extra brilliant and attempt a handstand on the tracks. In case you were unaware, the DC Metrorail employs the fairly standard third rail system, which means that larger rail on the left of the image above has 750 volts actively running through it which, to put it in layman's terms, would really suck to touch.
There is really no situation imaginable where Instagram likes are worth risking arrest, injury, or death. I get that the leading lines and symmetry of train tracks are like some sort of weird Siren's song to mediocre photographers, but how many people have to get arrested or die before we accept that maybe there is a safer way to take cliché photos?