questionshave you ever been trapped in an elevator?

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It wants you to take the stairs.

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No, can't say that I have...it did happen to several people here at work a month or two ago when we lost power to a good section of the island though...also during that time we realized that several of the elevator phones didn't work! Oops, guess what we started working on AFTER that!

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No, I'm just increasingly frightened of the elevator, and see it has moved the terror tactics to a new person.

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Yep, repeatedly. The ones in our building suck. Usually, I take the stairs, but there are some things I can't carry up the stairwell, which are also (unsurprisingly) things you wouldn't want to be stuck in a elevator with either.

Also, I've been locked in a refrigerated room with the lights turned out and no windows. That was not fun. :/

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@sgrman05: i now wonder about elevator phones. they didn't do much for me, either!
that's a little frightening, tho.

@inkycatz: oooh, you are thinking i meant work elevator. no, different building entirely. carry on the terror.

@okham: jeez! was it like...a walk-in freezer? WAS THERE ICE CREAM??

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I was in one of the paternoster elevators that has about a dozen open boxes that run continually. There was a sign as you approached the top floor that said no harm would result from going over the top, when the box starts its descent down the other side. After trying that I waited to see what happened if I went round the bottom pulley. There was a crunch and sound of wood splintering, and the entire system ground to a halt and an alarm bell rang. After a few minutes I slowly returned to the ground floor after a maintenance guy put a crank handle in and wound the chain back a little before restarting. He said that the guides were worn and this fresquently happened...

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Back in the old days I got stuck in my college dorm elevator with my roommate and another girl (and before anyone asks, yes, they did have elevators back in the stone age). It didn't stop, it just kept going up, then down, then up, then down without ever stopping on a floor. I was terrified that it would get to the top of the building then just fall to the bottom (only about 12 floors, but still enough to squash us pretty flat). We pushed the alarm several times. Then I waited until the down cycle took us to the bottom, and hit the emergency STOP button. My thinking was that we could just sit there until the handsome firemen showed up to rescue us. Unfortunately, my roommate went batshirt crazy and pushed me aside to turn the thing back on. As we shot to the top (too quickly, in my opinion) she got hysterical and blocked me from the control panel. She kept saying that, if we stopped it, it would catch fire. (sigh) Maintenance finally got us out. No handsome firemen, I'm afraid.

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Elevator no, ferris wheel, yes.

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@xdavex: wow. that's a whole new level of skeery.
(pun!)

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Yup, just once. Thank heavens it was on the clock! ;)

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@pemberducky: No ice cream. Just cell culture media :( too salty. 15 minutes of dark coldness.

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Elevator? No. Escalator? Yes.....the scariest 20 minutes of my life. It just suddenly stopped....no buttons to push, no emergency phone. I got a t-shirt for surviving the incident.

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Can't say it's happened to me. I can't think of anything similar. Tom Hanks got his hand stuck in a pickle jar though
Will Ferrell[Alex Trebek]: Where did you get that pickle jar?
Tom Hanks: I-I wanted a pickle.
Will Ferrell[Alex Trebek]: Tom, Tom, let go of it—-no not the jar, let go of the jar!

Now all i can think about is getting stuck in an elevator with @pemberducky. Off to take a cold shower.

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I did once, yeah. In a hotel in Atlanta. There were too many of us (in my opinion) crammed in there and it stopped.

As luck would have it, I was the one in front of the panel so I grabbed the phone. While I was a little nervous about the whole thing, there was that moment of "Oh cool, I finally get to use one of these elevator phones and see what they do". Turns out, it rang directly to building security or maintenance or whatever.

Funny thing was, I tell them we're stuck in an elevator and they say "Which one?". My response was "I don't know, the one that not freaking moving".

After about 10 minutes they got us out. To this day I still REALLY don't like being in an elevator with more than about 3 people.

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unfortunately, yes. fortunately, it was only for a minute. i was by myself in the elevator when it decided to just stop in between floors.

another time in this old hotel in nyc, the elevator dropped a floor. when it started up again and went to the next floor, the elevator doors opened but not the doors to the floor. eventually, we made it to the floor after that. needless to say, all 4 of us got out, even though we were not at our destination.

i had a bit of an elevator phobia before these two incidents, but i'd say it's definitely worse now. O_o

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I was on a class trip, I think it was 7th grade, to the Toronto Science Center. A bunch of us got into an elevator and it got stuck...I don't remember if it was between floors but the doors wouldn't open. There was lots of screaming and shrieking. I got on the emergency phone and told the guy who answered what had happened. He said to get some of the guys to try to push the doors together. They did. It worked. We all got out alive! Which, the elevator being full of 7th graders, wasn't a foregone conclusion. Seriously, we all probably could have died in another 20 or 30 seconds or so. :)

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@pemberducky: The phones let the elevator shaft dwellers know you are frightened. You're welcome.

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Twice. I became a bit claustrophobic as a result.

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The power went out in my building once while I was taking the elevator. For some reason, the elevator apparently did not have its own back-up power system. Luckily the elevator had just gotten to the destination floor when the power went out, and the door had opened several inches. I was able to pull the door open enough to get out and go wherever it is I was going.

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Never been stuck in an elevator, but I do have an elevator story.
The elevator in my college dorm was old and poorly maintained, so you could easily force it to open between floors and...umm...do whatever you want when the car wasn't moving.
The elevator call box broke, so West Campus Maintenance replaced it with a normal phone. You could call anyone you wanted, and we managed to figure out the phone number. You could call the elevator from your dorm room and vice-versa.
Once we broke into the Maintenance closet and stole a toilet. We put the toilet into the elevator. We called a friend for a photo-op. In the 20 minutes it took for said friend to show up, someone else in the building stole the toilet out of the elevator.

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I would rather die than be stuck in an enclosed space, without the ability to leave, without any connection to the outside world. Not joking.

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Yeah...it was scary...and [url=http://www.youtube.com/embed/8HSgcshYf2]I caught it all on video![/url]

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I've never been stuck for more than a minute or so. We do have one elevator at work that breaks down around 1-2 times a month; I generally avoid that elevator for that reason.

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@okham: Cell culture media, like DMEM? That stuff I wouldn't care to consume but it is gatorade red and generally comes in clear plastic bottles so it doesn't look too odd.

Now LB/RB/SOB/SOC I wouldn't want to spend too much time with - and the last two seem to self-contaminate when they are spoken of in not-fond terms. Thankfully they're cheap to make (the former two more than the latter two) so just dump 'em if you need to.

Or was it some of the more clever media used for growing flies or worms? Those I don't have experience with though I know c elegans grows on plates of e coli - yum!

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I was riding in an older elevator and for fun tried to gentle pry the doors open to see if I could watch the wall going by. Right when I started to, the elevator stopped and the doors automatic opened revealing that I was stuck between two different floors.Thankfully, after 30 seconds the door closed and the elevator continued on its way.

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as a matter of fact - got stuck intentionally, lol. We were conducting an electrical failover test at my job (sports complex) - a campus wide outage, triggering the emergency generators, and certain safety systems (lights, audible alerts, and most importantly, elevators that did not get stuck with hundreds of fans in them, ha) - the expected behavior is that they would follow a pre-programmed set of instructions, heading down to the main floor, and locking in place - doors open. They did this just fine, but on partial outages (not a complete power cut, but a simulated transformer break, or fire caused, etc) - they would lose power immediately. So even though i expected it - imagine my surprise when the simulated transformer cut created an actual problem - and i slept the night in that elevator while they tried to fix it :)

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@lparsons42: Dmem, PBS, ect. So good for the cells, but not very tasty.

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Yes I got stuck once. I was a candystriper (do they still use that term for teen hospital volunteers?), alone in the elevator when it got stuck between floors. It was pitch black except for a tiny bit of light through the door, which revealed a brick wall. I freaked out panicked yelling and screaming. I was in there for about 1/2 hour but it seemed like 4 hours. When I got out, I never went back.

Despite the experience I am not afraid of elevators.
PS: spell check wanted me to change "candystriper" to "stripteaser".

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I have not gotten stuck in an elevator but I have always had a semi-secret desire to. I'm not really sure why...
If there are any psychiatrists/psychologists in here feel free to psychoanalyze it for me.

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All these answers are incredibly entertaining!!!!! My own elevator stories pale in comparison.

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I was with a group of about 15 people when the elevator went on strike. We were stuck in there for what felt like half an hour..? But in reality, probably just 5 minutes.

Maybe it was a weight issue? Because the elevator decided to go to work again after a break. I would've gotten a video of it, but some people.. thought it inappropriate to joke around in an emergency situation...

So, lesson learned, always check the weight capacity before cramming people into an elevator.

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Does Tower of Terror count?

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