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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept fixated on a pole inside a trolley that runs a course with several stops within the Containment Sector of Site-16. The trolley that serves as containment chamber for SCP-XXXX has to be in use every day, except between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. local time. In case of vehicle malfunction, a similar replacement trolley has to be available. SCP-XXXX has to be labeled to prevent any accidental confusions.

Once every week, one D-class personnel has to use SCP-XXXX to keep it contained in its passive state. Activation of SCP-XXXX equals a Containment Breach.
Recontainment of SCP-XXXX is to be covered with the reason of replacement for faulty equipment. Temporary on-site containment can be established by blocking SCP-XXXX's validation slot and labeling it as "Out of Order". Affected civilians may be drafted as D-class personnel at the Site Director's discretion.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a phenomenon that affects ticket validators in high-traffic public transport areas all around the world. Only one ticket validator is prepossessed by SCP-XXXX at a time. Both stationary and mobile ticket validators, such as in busses or trolleys, can be prepossessed by SCP-XXXX. There are no external indications of a ticket validator being host to SCP-XXXX.

Any printable medium thin enough to be inserted into SCP-XXXX may be utilized to use SCP-XXXX. When used by inserting the medium into SCP-XXXX's validation slot, the object will print a skull and a date (dd-mm-yyyy hh:mm:ss) onto the medium with black ink. At that moment, the medium becomes an instance of SCP-XXXX-1 and is associated with the person who utilized it to use SCP-XXXX.
The date printed onto SCP-XXXX-1 will always be a future point in time. In most cases, that moment lies within a range of one day to twenty-six weeks, but occassional exceptions have been noted. Once the effective date from an instance of SCP-XXXX-1 has been reached, the associated person will expire. The death of the affected person can occur in any form, ranging from sudden heart failure, collapsed lung, various diseases, poisoning, cancer, accidents up to being murdered. To date, no way of avoiding or preventing this effect to take place has been found (See Addendum 2 and Pisochronological Experiment Log).

If an instance of SCP-XXXX does not create an instance of SCP-XXXX-1 within one week after its last use, or if it gets destroyed, SCP-XXXX will transfer to a random new host ticket validator. While under Foundation custody, this has happened █ times, three times of which was on purpose during property assessment testing. Any instance of SCP-XXXX is not in any way more resilient to damage than an unaffected ticket validator of the same make, and will translocate once the instance is not able to work properly anymore (at which point the instance is considered destroyed).

Addendum 1: Cross-testing with SCP-342 was suggested due to the similarities in their effects, but was initially denied due to Statue 62. On a revision on ██/██/20██ this decicion was changed to approved by reason of a novel idea, the possible relation of SCP-342 and SCP-XXXX and the fact that to uphold the containment of the latter, a D-class would have to be sacrificed anyway.

The date printed on the SCP-XXXX-1 instance of the cross-test was significantly shorter than any other instance, stating a moment 52 minutes and 16 seconds after validation. As the course of the containment trolley does not have a final stop, the intention of this experiment was to test out the effects of SCP-342 on an infinite loop course as well as SCP-XXXX’s influence in this process.
The test subject underwent the usual symptoms of SCP-342 during the course, with the symptoms getting worse as the experiment duration went on. Test subject paniced around the 50-minute mark, consistent with the terror known to inflict users of SCP-342 shortly before their disappearance. At 0:52:15.750 into the experiment, an unexplainable power fluctuation caused a short outage, rendering the course unobservable due to the darkness. Lights went on approximately half a second later, revealing that the test subject has vanished, leaving only a new and unused instance of SCP-342 behind.

Addendum 2: Any instance of SCP-XXXX-1 changes the date printed on it to the actual time of death of the associated person if that person dies by any means before the originally printed date is met. How this happens is as of yet undiscovered, as anyone looking at the corresponding instance of SCP-XXXX-1 at the moment of change fail to percieve the change, as they either blink or black out shortly for that moment. Video recording equipment set up to record the change experience a similar black out, either by a 0.1 second long static feed or a short circuit. Photographs of SCP-XXXX-1 also change to show the new date, with equal effects on any observers of the photo as with the original instance of SCP-XXXX-1.
The change to the original date printed on the instances of SCP-XXXX-1 of pre-terminated subjects could only be confirmed by manually copying the original date on a sheet of paper, as any electronic recordings get unrecoverably changed as if the new date has always been the original one.

Addendum 3: Dr. Banes suggested a downgrade to Euclid classification, reasoning with feasible containment procedures. Dr. Sparx counter-argued that according to the box test, SCP-XXXX would be Keter, since it would break containment if left alone. Classification re-evaluation is therefore pending.

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