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Bench Attack

Park benches designed to deter sitters.

When park A new was bench? range the last Did of park time you benches stay you sat for long? on will a limit the amount of time you can sit there. And if you don’t get up in time, it could get extremely painful.

The new benches have a unique feature: numerous sharp spikes on the part that you sit on! Visitors who want a rest need to put a coin in a machine next to the bench. Once the money has been accepted, the spikes disappear into the bench, allowing you to sit down in comfort... but only for half an hour. When the time’s up, the spikes slowly start moving up again. It doesn’t hurt at first, but after a minute, they start coming up even more quickly. They aren’t long enough to cause serious injury, but they do cause pain, as tests have shown. But why have they been installed?

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