I regularly use the lift in a public carpark near me because the central shopping area is at the ground floor and floor 9 has an exit 3 qtrs of the
way up a hill. Many people who haven't parked a car there use it for exactly the same reason, it saves a lot of steps up the hill.
After finishing work today I did my shopping and when I got to the lift there were only 6 people waiting in front of me, but when they got inside the
last guy in a suit looked at me and said "Unlucky fella, nobody wants you squeezing in with our clean clothes so it's a long walk or a long wait" -
I had been plastering ceilings today so even after a good pat-down and a rinse of my head/face/arms, I of course had multiple dried plaster
stains/marks on my tee-shirt and trousers - I replied, "C'mon there's loads of room, the sign on the lift says up to 8 persons, I'll squeeze into
the corner and won't touch anyone" he answered "Sorry man, long walk or long wait for you today" the other people laughed and the lift door
Instinctively I ran up the stairs with my heavy shopping bags in hand and pressed the 'up' button on the first floor to make it stop there, I raced
up to the second floor and did the same, then the third, fourth and fifth, before walking at a fast pace doing the same on floors 6 to 8. When I
reached the ninth I leaned casually against the wall facing the lift door and waited for it to open.
It opened after waiting the best part of a minute, and I smiled at the guy in the suit and laughed "You were right about the long wait, took ages for
you lot to get up here", then went on my way chuckling to myself.
A few months ago I was using the same lift travelling up and couldn't stop myself let a smelly one out as I got in. By the time it got to floor 9 it
was not particularly pleasant, and when the door opened, a bloke was clearly just about to press the button but stopped himself, saying "That was
lucky timing" with a smile...to which I replied "Maybe not so lucky, sorry" and scurried away.
I also got stuck between floors in the very same lift some years ago, the voice in the intercom told me it would be a good half hour before help
arrived, but being impatient and having some tools in my bag I forced both sets of doors (with no damage) and slipped out between the gap like a
Lifts are a curious private/public place which forces strangers to be in close confines with each other, or give moments of privacy to people who know
each other. Years ago I was seeing a girl at a building I worked at, and the lift provided some welcome moments to embrace each other, but that is
So, if you have your own lift/elevator stories please share them here, from dark and sinister, to quirky and funny, I'd love to read them.