Today's most misplaced anger award...
It looked like it hurt, but I'm sorry. I had to laugh. It wasn't funny that she'd fallen and scraped her elbows - and possibly her knees under her trousers.
What was funny was how she reacted. On her hands and knees at the bottom of the escalator, she swore for about 30 seconds. Then she stood up and began hitting the hand rail, that moving hand rail, and cursing at it. Finally, when a man who was actually taking the down escalator down (and for some strange reason he didn't fall) helped her steady herself, she began slapping at his hands and cursing him too.
See, the trick to avoiding the humiliation is pretending you don't care. I guarantee you if that had been a guy he would have gotten up slowly, wearing a poker face. And he would have carefully and deliberately dusted himself off, before walking off casually as though falling down (or up) the wrong-direction escalator was part of his normal routine.
I have to go now. I need to go drive north in the southbound lanes of I-95. I dare anyone to tell me it'll make traffic look any different than it usually does.