Photo Essay-Peru Pedestrian Control
October 3, 2011 By Tom Rataj
Whipping pedestrians into shape
by Tom Rataj
During my recent trip to Peru we saw these “pedestrian control wardens” in Cusco, attempting to keep pedestrians from crossing mid-block near the Plaza de Armas. This street was two lanes in both directions, with a raised centre island, where there were four steel fence type barriers which making crossing more difficult. On one of the days we were there, there were three of these “pedestrian wardens”. They each carried a sign telling people not to cross there but at the corner at both ends of that section of street. They also carried short braided jute whips that they somewhat jokingly waved at offenders. As you can see, they also had bright masks and clothing on. It was quite interesting and entertaining to watch.
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