Jesus. Bob, what button did you push?
(Young executive saying to his colleague after the elevator falls in the movie Speed)
We had scheduled our long overdue departmental lunch and frankly speaking we were hungry excited about it.
So when lunch hour came, the entire department “sneaked” out couple of minutes early and headed to the elevators. Being early, we managed to catch one rather empty. Seeing that the entire department staffs were in the same elevator, I jokingly said that if the elevator malfunctions now, the company have no choice but to close down the department for the day.
Jokes aside, we managed to reach the ground floor without much event. We gathered at the entrance – one car cannot accommodate the entire department – there were more than 18 of us, so a decision was made to “ferry” the hungry troops in 3 separate cars.
Whilst waiting for the remaining of the staff to reach the ground floor, it was decided that the first 2 cars to departure first – the designated drivers and passengers were all ready to go.
(Elevators – a must even it means just 2 floors down. Damn, this is certainly not healthy. Image source: http://www.didntyouhear.com)
The cars was on the level 2 and 3 and we could have walked but then our colleague who is also the “organiser”, Rosli aka Mr Romeo noticed that the parking elevator door was closing and quickly jumped to press the button to re-open it (besides, we were feeling a bit lazy to walk down). We noticed that we were not alone – there 3 other big sized guys in it. This is going to be tricky as there were several big sized guys as well in our side.
Can the parking elevator take the pressure?
We walked in the elevator, waiting for the “overload” warning sound to go off. Nothing happened. Rosli was the last to enter and still no overload sound. Good, despite being big in size, we were within the safe weight limits.
Within “seconds” the parking elevator was full with my hungry colleagues and Rosli being the closest to the elevator buttons, pressed the “close” button. We had managed to squeeze most of us inside. It was less than 2 seconds after the button was closed, we heard a loud noise – as if something had hit the metal casing of the elevator.
The elevator came to a sudden stop!
All the sudden the buttons was not working but thankfully the emergency button was still operational. We managed to notify the building security of our situation. “Hold on” was the only response given by a rather casual sounded voice in the emergency speaker. The good thing was the ventilation and elevator lights was still operational and after hearing the building maintenance guy’s voice on the other end, there was less reasons to get panic.
We waited to be rescued and the irony of the moment, at least for me, is that I was more worried of having less time for lunch than of the fact that I was trapped in a fully occupied elevator.
To be continued…