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Just a few minutes ago I was going out to return a movie and decided to take the elevator. That's a risky proposition in this building, as it's usually broken or behaving badly. Today was no exception.

Just as it got to the basement/garage level, instead of stopping, it dropped...hard. I was jolted and confused for a moment until the doors opened to reveal cinder blocks. My confusion immediately turned to panic and I felt my pocket for my cell phone. I pressed the basement button to see what would happen. The elevator corrected itself and opened normally. I jumped out of it like a nervous frog and immediately called maintenance.

Overall, I'm fine, but my knees feel a little stressed (they were locked at the time of impact). Maybe this is a sign that I should start taking the stairs more often...and have a beer to relax.


Whoa! I had that happen to me once, when the new science museum was under construction. It was not a pleasant experience.

They are currently overhauling the elevators in my building... I would prefer not to drop down the seven stories to my garage level...

posted by Matt :: 07:28:14 PM on December 20th, 2006

Oh honey, that's awful! When I worked in an old warehouse turned office building (for the State) that happened to the elevators all too frequently. But I always took the stairs because I was only on the fourth floor.

posted by Sharyn :: 09:18:08 PM on December 20th, 2006

Gah! I hate elevators for that very reason. The closest I ever got to your situation was in an elevator at the HCMC parking ramp - seven of us were in the elevator, several buttons had been pushed to go upward, and the thing sped upward at a frightening rate skipping all the floors we had called. It finally stopped on a random, non-called floor at the top (with no person in the lobby waiting to get on); I immediately leaped out. There was no way I was going to take the chance of riding back down.

posted by Leigha :: 08:42:37 AM on December 21st, 2006

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