Elevator technicians across the GTA have been on strike since May 1, so if you get stuck in a lift, chances are you’ll be there for a while. Don’t panic—things usually turn out fine, at least according to the trapped-in-an-elevator stories we gathered from Torontonians.
The stories below are ranked in accordance with this sliding scale:
1. Who: Anthony Orazietti
Where: City Hall
What happened: “I was stuck in an elevator with a complete stranger for about 15 minutes. We were close to the main floor, so I didn’t fear for my life. We had to use the call button that’s linked directly to the fire station, which generated a police report, in which they mentioned ‘two women were stuck in an elevator at City Hall Thursday morning.’ Since then, when calling for help, I use the deepest voice possible.”
2. Who: Mark
Where: CN Tower
What happened: “I used to work at the CN Tower in the ’90s, and the main elevators would get stuck every so often. I didn’t feel unsafe when that happened; there are eight cables on them, and each one can hold the weight of the elevator. It is still a bit unnerving. Seeing outside is a big help, though—the view is nice up there. The best was being stuck with the dessert cart on a service run up to the restaurant. The pastries were quite tasty.”
3. Who: Sarah
Where: DNA Condos, King West
What happened: “During university, I got stuck on the elevator in my building with four drunk twentysomething women who thought it would be funny to start jumping up and down while the elevator was moving. At first, I was annoyed and disgusted, but that quickly turned to complete claustrophobia. When the fire department arrived 30 minutes later, the women all wanted photos taken of themselves with the firemen to post on Facebook.”
4. Who: Anand Rajaram
What happened: “When I was about six and my older brother was nine, we were in our apartment elevator in Etobicoke heading down for school. He said that we would feel anti-gravity if we jumped when we were going down, so we both did, a few times. Clank, bonk, stop. We were in there for I don’t know how long—it felt like half a day. I remember just sitting there and him panicking and saying we need to take small sips of air because we were going to die. He was freaking quite a bit.”
5. Who: Jozes Bielski
Where: Ridelle Ave.
What happened: “I was in high school. The elevator in question was in the building where I grew up. It got stuck. And I had to pee really bad! It sucked and I peed in the elevator. And then I was stuck in an elevator that smelled like pee. I’m glad I didn’t have to poop. I think I was only stuck for about 10 minutes before the elevator started back up on its own.”
6. Who: V.M.
Where: Sick Kids Hospital
What happened: “I was doing a workshop with a bunch of exchange students, but none of us knew each other. We get about two floors up and it just stops. It was the middle of August, the elevator was not really air-conditioned, there were 12 of us in it, and it was maybe built for 14 people. So we’re packed, and it’s boiling and we’re all sweating. It took two and a half hours. We spent basically the whole time paring down clothing, pouring sweat. It was so gross. When they finally opened the door, it was refreshingly cool.”
Have you ever been stuck in an elevator? How did your experience compare to the ones above? Share your story in the comments section below.