The elevator went up to the 3rd floor and stopped… but the door wouldn’t open. I pushed the Open Door button a couple of times… still didn’t open. My stomach began to tighten, my hands began to sweat, and my mouth got quite dry. I’m not claustrophobic or anything but I have a terrible fear of the elevator cables snapping and me plummeting downwards to my untimely death.
I had just been down to our Human Resources department to drop off the paperwork to get my new husband included on my health insurance and to name him as my beneficiary for the life insurance provided to me through my work. As I was standing there, stuck on the unmoving elevator, I clutched at my copies of the paperwork and thought, “Well, at least I got this taken care of before I died!” I swear, I could feel the elevator shaking and swaying as I stood there.
I had to use the little phone in there to call our Security so they could call maintenance to get me out. After being stuck there for about 5 minutes, (hoping the cable wouldn’t snap!) all the lights went off! About 2 minutes later they came back on and the elevator started going down until I was on the 1st floor. I had to call Security again to tell them the elevator took me back downstairs because maintenance was up on 3rd floor trying to pry open the doors! Finally after being stuck for 15 minutes they pried the doors open and I got off.
I’m taking the stairs from now on.