Elevator Scare

@carolbee (16230)
United States
February 14, 2012 6:21am CST
A few years ago I decided to go play at a local casino. Parked in the garage which was one floor above the actual casino level entrance. Decided to take the elevator one floor down. The elevator went down, doors opened and there was a concrete wall. I was on this elevator alone and it stopped between floors. Could feel my heart pounding and pressed the emergency button. Nothing happened. Pressed the button again to go back up and the doors opened. I got off and walked down steps to get to the casino. When I mentioned this to a security guard his comment to me was, "we've had trouble with that elevetor all day." Ok, so why not shut it off and repair it, duh! Took me awhile to settle down as you can imagine. Would appreciate hearing about your elevator experiences over the years.
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@maclanis (2166)
• Belgium
14 Feb 12
I never really like taking the elevator. It's not that I've had a bad experience, but I just don't like the feeling. I always have to hold on to something when I'm in an elevator. I definitely prefer taking the stairs. And I don't think I've ever been in an elevator alone. :P Seems kind of silly, I know, but I can't help it.
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@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
14 Feb 12
I hold on to something if it's there myself, or if not I stand in the very middle. I am not sure why I stand in the middle, but for some reason it makes me feel safer if there's no railings.
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
15 Feb 12
I understand. I get a little impatient when the elevator moves slow. I hope to never repeat that day. Thanks for responding.
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
14 Feb 12
First, before I even start recalling stories, if I even remember them all, let me say I am scared of elevators. I guess it's a fear I picked up from my father, and one though I've had to work around elevators alot, I couldn't get past. I was working for a group of hotels as a banquet server and happened to be with a friend and two other coworkers that day, which was good, when the elevator just stopped working. It took us to the next floor but the doors wouldn't open, and I was very scared. I held on to my friend and tried not to cry, though I believe I did. I was afraid because I didn't like elevators that much to begin with! Luckily there were people on the other side of the elevator doors and we told them to get help, and they did. We weren't in there for very long, and when we did get out I told our "captain" which was our direct boss for the day, that I was not going back in an elevator. I'd gone back in elevators there by myself after that, I guess I got used to the elevators, but it didn't make them any less scary. I don't like elevators in car parks. I'm not sure if they are the same around you, but most, atleast the ones in hospital car parks, have a glass window on the other side so you can see out of them. That scares me more for some reason.
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@carolbee (16230)
• United States
15 Feb 12
I have seen the glass elevators. We have one in our town that goes several stories up to get to a restaurant. I rode it when our kids were younger and they wanted to get on it. This was long before my elevator scare. I bet you were scared SomeCowgirl. That's not a fun feeling. Thanks for responding.
• United States
14 Feb 12
I’m just as scared of escalators as you are of elevators. We went to NY and on the way we stopped in Washington DC to see the sights. I never got out of the parking garage because the escalator scared me so much. The elevator wasn’t working so I couldn’t take it. My son in law came back up and tried to help me down but I panicked too much and just stayed in the car the whole time they were seeing the sights. I just couldn’t get down.. it was a LONG escalator.
@KrauseHome (36576)
• United States
19 May 12
Wow!! That would not be a Good experience, and I would be a little bit shaken up and frightened as well. I know that I have always for the most part had Good experiences when it comes to elevators and I do not have to take one that often, but there are times if I had to take the stairs instead I would be in trouble.
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
19 May 12
I do prefer the stairs but when there is no other way to get where I am going, the elevator is ok. Thanks for responding.
• United States
17 Feb 12
Yikes carolbee! I would have freaked out! And they KNEW they were having trouble with the elevator????? Wow, I don't know how they could be so nonchalant about it. I bet if the security guard got stuck, it would have been a different story, and probably would have been fixed immediately. I only had a couple of strange experiences with elevators. Not one of my favorite things, I prefer the steps if it's not twenty floors, haha. Once I went down to the basement, all by myself by accident in a hospital, and when the doors opened I saw the word "Morgue" on the wall with an arrow and I got the chills....it was very quiet down there needless to say. That was creepy. One other time, again by myself, it took the doors to open about 15 seconds..seemed like a lifetime to me and I was just about ready to ring for help but thank goodness they opened finally. Another time the elevator stopped short of the floor and I had to step up to get out, didn't like that at all. I was afraid the doors would start closing on me. Another time (on a job site) I was with a guy I particularly didn't care for in a freight elevator, and the doors wouldn't open. It was only two floors so we went back down and again, thankfully they opened up. We walked for quite some time to where the steps were and all I thought is thank goodness there wasn't a fire. There was no one else down the basement in this store but the two of us..didn't like it at all. When we got back upstairs and told the other guys, guess what, just like your security guard said.."oh, it's been acting like that all day." They thought it was funny, and I didn't in the least. They never even let anyone know about it, just thought it was funny.
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
7 May 12
You had a few scares too. Not fun and all I could think about was I might die in the elevator and not see my kids again. My heart was pounding and at my age that could be dangerous.....lol Thanks for responding and sharing your stories.
@Iriene88 (5343)
• Malaysia
16 Feb 12
That's scary, especially when we are all alone. I remembered a friend once told me that she has had a bad experience in an elevator before. That time she was just eight years old and was all alone when the elevator got jammed up. Thank God his father realised that and rush to the floor where the elevator stopped. Her father was a fire fighter and he did the necessary to get her out from there.
@megamatt (14294)
• United States
15 Feb 12
You have just really reminded me why I don't like taking the elevator. Sure the stairs are long and many. It may take a little bit longer. But unless the stairs collapse out from underneath you because of poor building, they are really not going to be malfunctioning all that much to say the very least. So yeah I'd rather take the stairs more often than not. I'm not too fond of elevators. Or escalators either for that matter. Just standing on something that moves is really just something that just makes me rather nervous to say the very least. I've heard many horror stories about elevator malfunctions in the past and it is rather just going to really just make me appreciate the stairs, even they are longer than many.
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
10 May 12
Escalators don't bother me but I do hold onto the railing. If the thing suddenly stops I wouldn't want to be tossed off like being on the back of a bucking horse. I've heard a few horror stories about people getting their toes caught at the bottom of the escalator when they were wearing sandals. I agree with you about the steps. Thanks for responding.
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
14 Feb 12
i have to say that i have been pretty lucky with all the elevator rides i have had over the years. hope this doesnt scare into not taking any more elevators!
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
15 Feb 12
This was my first and hopefully last experience with a nonworking properly elevator. I was so scared and really lucky I didn't have a heart attack. My heart was pounding out of my chest. Thanks for responding.
@ronnyb (6114)
• Jamaica
14 Feb 12
Exactly ,that is what they should have done but they are too busy making money and that is the major reason I hate to use elevators.Personally if the building is less than four stories high ,I normally use the stairs. I hate being in situations in which I am not in control and being in an elevator is one such situation
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
15 Feb 12
I prefer the steps too. I will always walk them now. Thanks for responding ronnyb.
• United States
14 Feb 12
Oh bless your heart. I can appreciate your problem there with that elevator. I’m not afraid of elevators, but if that happened to me and nothing happened I would probably panic for sure. My daughter is very afraid of elevators. I am afraid of escalators. My daughter will go up 30 flights of stairs if she has to to avoid an elevator. She had a bad experience in one at my work when she was about 10 years old and it never left her. We got her over her fear enough to use elevators again, and then she heard of someone being cut in half by one when she was trying to get off and it started up and went up with her half in and half out of the elevator. She has not been in one since.
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
15 Feb 12
Someone was cut in half? That's beyond terrible. I don't have a problem with escalators. However if one suddenly stopped, it could toss people down or cause them to fall. I was told once by an elevator repairman that he use to see girls get their toes caught at the end of the escalator when wearing sandals or flipflops. Thanks for responding.
@Heixyin (175)
• Malaysia
15 Feb 12
I had an experience of being trapped in an escalator once , but I was still very young though. Instead of being scared, I felt excited, as it was my first time. Partly it's because my parents were stuck in there with me. I'd admit, I would be crying my eyes off, if I were alone xD it took about half an hour or so , for the elevator to start moving. Worst, the elevator was pack with people. So yea. Speaking about being trapped in the elevatort, anyone ever watch, the devil inside or something like that? It's a story about five or six criminals in the elevator. One of them was a devil. Ironically, it's an old lady though. I will never ever go into an elevator with six unknowns in the night. Lol.
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
15 Feb 12
I have not seen the movie you mention here. So much for elevators supposedly inspected on a regular basis. Thanks for responding.
14 Feb 12
I also happened to get stuck in an elevator,but thank god i was with a group of friends.We were stuck for around ten minutes.but the college authorities called the servicemen and repaired the elevator immediately.
@carolbee (16230)
• United States
15 Feb 12
I wasn't stuck that long so can only imagine how scared you and your friends were until it was repaired and you could get off. Thanks for responding.