41 hours on elevator VIDEO

Discussion in 'Bizarre and Off-Beat News' started by golfmom, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. golfmom

    golfmom Former Member

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    kgeaux New Member

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    Oh, my God. He must have started to wonder if he would EVER get out. I can't even imagine how horrible it would be to just be trapped, trying to signal for help and nobody responds. Poor guy got so desperate that he even cleaned out his wallet at some point, or at least that's what it looks like to me!

    He'll probably sue. And boy, he'll win!
     
  4. KatK

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    It happened in 1999. He did sue. He now feels he should have gone back to work, as part of putting it behind him. He's broken to this day. I've read the whole article. It is *LONG*, but worth reading. (ETA: There are LONG, LONG swathes giving facts about elevators, interspersed in the elevator facts is White's story. I grumbled and humphed the whole time I read the article, because I think it was poorly constructed, two seperate articles cut and pasted together making it hard to make sense of either. I think it should have been two seperate articles, and not one.)

    I'll quote the last bit of it. This is just a small snipped of the whole article. If you pull it up, you'll see what I mean. I know it looks like a lot. It isn't, for that article.

     
  5. Taximom

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    I think he's right that the actual lawsuit is what caused his slow demise. That's so interesting to me. I hope he can recover from this as the years go by.

    Sadly, I'm sure the lawyers involved are VERY happy.
     
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    Poor guy. the experience was obviously genuinely excruciating. i would still be a basket case. :(
     
  7. gardenmom

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    I have to take an elevator nearly every day at school. I always think about getting stuck in there because it is so stuffy. I wonder which would be worse, getting stuck by yourself or getting stuck with a bunch of strangers.
     
  8. KatK

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    Well, I'd almost say (for me, at least) stuck with strangers would be worse. Maybe one stranger I could handle, but not more than one. That's just another element to add to the mix. Strangers driving each other nutz, on top of the primal stress of being trapped. No thanks....I'll sit and dream for a time until I either expire or am rescued.
     
  9. Taximom

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    Ugh, I'd rather be stuck by myself (ahhh, no kids). LOL

    Just the thought alone of having to take care of "business" with strangers in the same small area freaks me out.
     
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    Our oldest went to a "holiday" city with his Nanny and her son on a March break one time. He was excited to go away without Mom and Dad. He was about 8 at the time. Just a two hour drive away from our City.

    Well, the elevator in the Hotel got stuck between floor one and floor two.

    I am sure it would have been fine if the Nanny did not literally freak out. It was only about 10-15 minutes, but the Nanny, had a serious problem with elevators and closed spaces.

    Do you think that we could get him back on an elevator after that. It took years, literally years. I did everything I could.......no amount of reason and logic could change his mind.

    So I took him to a company that repairs elevators. They went through everything with him. He finally did start taking elevators, but very nervous and white fisted. Then he started to relax, because he never got stuck again.

    Now no problem.

    I remember a visit to the hospital, we had to take the stairs for 10 floors. I thought, thank god I am at a hospital, because I am going to have a heart attack......right here and now, going up these stairs.....

    He zipped right along, all the while saying: Come on Mom, you are too slow, hurry up Mom, what is wrong Mom. I don't need a rest, why do you, only 6 flight to go Mom. Why don't we race to see who gets to the 10th floor first..........but it did show me how out of shape I was. Big time.....
     
  11. Taximom

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    Well done, CyberLaw!

    My dd's babysitter was deathly afraid of thunderstorms. My dd and I loved thunderstorms before she came into our lives. **sigh** DD picked up on that very easily and I had to do what you did. Retrain her basically. Fortunately she still loves them to this day!

    I can see why elevators would be scary. You really have no control over what happens if they fail.
     
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    Replying to this post months later, bc it came up on a search I did for something else..

    I got trapped in an elevator once for an hour, with my son. He played his video game, and didn't much care. We were on the bottom floor, otherwise I might have panicked that it would drop or something. Mostly it was hot and dark. There was an emergency button and a woman came on much like an Onstar commercial. I told her we were stuck and she assured us help would be on the way. Firefighters came out, but had trouble opening the door. When it finally opened, the air felt SOOOO good. I am claustrophobic, but that didn't bother me, but maybe bc i had company.

    I still ride elevators, but if they act funny I get off on the next floor and walk. (The elevator I got stuck in had been acting wonky for weeks, the elevator guys had come out a few times to fix it before my experience with it).

    It must have reached 105 degrees in there, within the hour.
     
  13. Shecky

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    Sweet mother of...

    I WOULD LOSE MY FREAKIN' MIND. I am way too hyperactive for that nonsense.

    That said, I do have a habit of talking to myself when I am alone (have since childhood) so at least I'd have conversation to help pass the time!
     

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