A department store recently opened a branch of their company in the city of Chapadinha, in the northeastern state of Maranhao in Brazil. So far so good, but the fact that most caught the attention and curiosity, was that the event also marked the inauguration of the first escalator in the city. A video was released on Youtube showing the euphoria of the crowd that stopped to watch the start of operation of the ladder.
The escalator was invented in the late nineteenth century, but, in Maranhão in the twenty-first century it is still a novelty. In the following video you will see the frenzy of the crowd at the opening of a department store in the city of Chapadinha, last December 20th. The video is on social networks as a laughing matter but, what it really shows is the clearest example of the delay of the state of Maranhão, one of the poorest and most corrupt states in the country.