Ever get stuck in an elevator?

4/22/2008:

I often hear minor calls on the Live Hoboken Police and Fire Scanner, where people sometimes get stuck in an elevator in town. A rig from the fire department usually gets them out very rapidly.

Even if you’ve been stuck for an hour or more, after watching this video, you’d appreciate not getting trapped for this long. (mind you, this was in 1999, and not everyone carried cell phones with them…)

16 Responses

  1. CharlieAParker says:

    I got stuck once for an hour during my first year of college. It was after a long night of partying. That was bad enough but, wait for the kicker, the reason the elevator stopped, overcrowding.

  2. thebinatwork2 says:

    How is it in a major building like McGraw Hill they don’t have supervision that is made aware that there is a stuck elevator? Does nobody monitor the cameras? I’m not all that litigious, but I would have sued someone’s nutz off if I were that guy.

  3. loveforhobo says:

    Wow. I do not want to go downstairs now in my building. Scary shit. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CELL!

  4. oldhobo says:

    Outrageous!
    What are the politicans doing to help these people?
    Where is the Association for People Stuck in Elevators? Why aren’t they picketing the security forces paid to monitor the cameras? I’m sick and tired of this world where noone comes to the assistance of others. I’m sure a strollermom would stroll right past this elevator and not even think twice that there might be someone stuck in there-how selfish! A dogwalker wouldn’t even knock on the elevator door to see if someone was stuck-those idiots can’t even pick up after their pets. Don’t even get me started on the people who eat on subways or the peds who walk in the middle of the street.
    Someone start a petition and make change! This thing happens everyday and will continue to happen to poor innocent office workers sue. Better yet-demand someone look into the elevators maintenance schedule! Has anyone looked at it recently?!

  5. CharlieAParker says:

    [quote comment=”79234″]I would have sued someone’s nutz off if I were that guy.[/quote]

    He did. He settled for 6 figures. It ruined his life. Not getting stuck, he got over that but the law suit did him. THe New Yorker recently (last issue?) did a piece on elevators recently (*) and discussed this case.

    * Some tidbits, the Close Door button is only there to make people feel in control – it does nothing in recent elevators. Inter-floor travel kills efficiency.

  6. thebinatwork2 says:

    [quote comment=”79241″][quote comment=”79234″]I would have sued someone’s nutz off if I were that guy.[/quote]

    He did. He settled for 6 figures. It ruined his life. Not getting stuck, he got over that but the law suit did him. THe New Yorker recently (last issue?) did a piece on elevators recently (*) and discussed this case.

    * Some tidbits, the Close Door button is only there to make people feel in control – it does nothing in recent elevators. Inter-floor travel kills efficiency.[/quote]

    How exactly did it ruin his life? I have suspected “close door” buttons of being dummy buttons all my life.

  7. A-Rene says:

    “White never went back to work at the magazine. Caught up in media attention (which he shunned but thrilled to), prodded by friends, and perhaps provoked by overly solicitous overtures from McGraw-Hill, White fell under the sway of renown and grievance, and then that of the legal establishment. He got a lawyer, and came to believe that returning to work might signal a degree of mental fitness detrimental to litigation. Instead, he spent eight weeks in Anguilla. Eventually, Business Week had to let him go. The lawsuit he filed, for twenty-five million dollars, against the building’s management and the elevator-maintenance company, took four years. They settled for an amount that White is not allowed to disclose, but he will not contest that it was a low number, hardly six figures. He never learned why the elevator stopped; there was talk of a power dip, but nothing definite. Meanwhile, White no longer had his job, which he’d held for fifteen years, and lost all contact with his former colleagues. He lost his apartment, spent all his money, and searched, mostly in vain, for paying work. He is currently unemployed.

    Looking back on the experience now, with a peculiarly melancholic kind of bewilderment, he recognizes that he walked onto an elevator one night, with his life in one kind of shape, and emerged from it with his life in another. Still, he now sees that it wasn’t so much the elevator that changed him as his reaction to it. He has come to terms with the trauma of the experience but not with his decision to pursue a lawsuit instead of returning to work. If anything, it prolonged the entrapment. He won’t blame the elevator.” (from New Yorker article)

  8. Unicorns United says:

    My boyfriend and I got stuck in the elevator in the Jersey City Mall for about 15 minutes. I would usually take the escalator, but we were rushing to catch a movie. Thanks to the stupid elevator, we were late to the movie anyway. But at least it was a glass elevator right in the middle of the mall, and everyone was able to point and stare at us! I’m glad we could provide some entertainment!

  9. strand tramp says:

    what was the horror flick with the haunted elevator?

  10. escaped68 says:

    My first job when i got out of the army was a elevator operator. The car stopped between floors and the lights went out,after everything came back on i went to the lobby and left and never looked back. It seemed like i was stuck for a 100 hours and i’m still not too keen about elevators.

  11. 9 says:

    This ONE time … at ELEVATOR camp …

  12. ShhhDontTell says:

    [quote comment=”79258″]what was the horror flick with the haunted elevator?[/quote]

    This is definitely not the one you mean, but “Lady in the Cage” was pretty hysterical. 1964 Olivia de Havilland, James Caan. The tagline was “Do not see “Lady in a Cage” alone!” lol

    She lives in a mansion, and has an elevator. One day it gets stuck between floors so she rings the outside alarm to get help. These kids come by and decide to terrorize her since she’s stuck. 😈

  13. Colonblow says:

    I got trapped in an elevator once…….Once.

  14. skateparkmom says:

    oldhobo
    LOL!
    I got stuck in an elevator for about an hour at the WTC in the early 90’s. I’ll never forget when I pressed the emergency button and a technician responded, “OK, we’ll have someone right on it. Stay right there.”

    Where else would I go?

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