Clock was ‘literally stress tested’: quips Redditor
Touchy, touchy. That’s exactly what museums and other places that showcase famous and expensive keepsakes ask you specifically not to do.
But for one man in a Columbia, Pa., museum over the Memorial Day weekend, museum etiquette went out the window. The man snapped a photo, then repeatedly touched, a wooden, sculpted clock until the whole thing went crashing to the floor, as this video, posted by the National Watch & Clock Museum on its YouTube channel, shows:
With the caption, “Please Don’t Touch!!” the museum attached a message to the video: “This is why we beg and plead with our visitors to please refrain from touching objects in museums. The couple did notify Museum staff immediately. This event occurred on 5/31/2016.”
News reports indicated that the museum thinks the man may have wanted to see if the clock was in working order The couple appeared to walk away in the video, after unsuccessful attempts at mounting it back on the wall, not including the pieces (at least shown on this video) that fell off. Calls to the museum requesting comment weren’t immediately returned.
The Associated Press said the award-winning clock was crafted by a clockmaker and artist in Minnesota, James Borden. It had hung at the Columbia site, one of the largest horologic museums in the world, for 20 years. However, the museum won’t be pressing charges and the clock isn’t beyond repair, museum directorNoel Poirier told the AP.
Stress test: Poirier told the AP that they have had more problems with adults, who seem to “feel slightly more entitled,” to touch when they shouldn’t.
The incident produced a lively discussion on Redditor where one commented, “I thought ‘what kind of clock falls down upon being touched’, but they literally stress-tested that thing.”
Of course, children’s fingers tend to gravitate to priceless works like bees to honey, and it takes a parental lifetime of “don’t touch” admonishment until they learn to keep their hands off. That is why some might forgive the four-year old Chinese boy who skirted past a security rope and smashed a $15,000 Lego sculpture to rubble.
However, the world is less forgiving for the old-enough-to-know-better set, such as the 24-year-old Portuguese man who climbed a 126-year-old statue of a king and shattered it completely in May.