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Don't Put the Blame On Rollerbladers

In reference to the article "Custodians' Injuries Caused By Skaters" [Oct. 28]: I have a problem with the description of the custodian's task - "to scrub away the scuff marks left by rollerbladers as they skate through the corridors."

I would like to ask how custodians differentiate between the scuff marks left by rollerblades and those left by shoes. I for one know that my shoes (a fairly popular Vans shoe) leave scuff marks on the floors in the Student Center and Lobby 7. I assume that the numerous other people who own these shoes also leave these marks. My skates, on the other hand, do not leave marks. It's ironic that I have to take off my skates when I enter the building.

I would also like to point out that no skates leave scuff marks when an individual is simply rolling; they leave marks only when their wearers turn, accelerate, or stop. Shoes, on the other hand, leave marks every couple of steps unless the wearer is particularly careful.

Don't get me wrong - I feel as bad as the next guy about the custodians. I just think it's sad that the problem is being blamed on skaters.

Matt Klicka '99