Elevator Confusion

Last modified on June 3rd, 2008

I work in a big highrise downtown, which means I have the pure joy of dealing with the elevator system whenever I need to go anywhere. For whatever reason you can only take the stairwell in our building on the way down. Considering we’re only on the third floor, the inability to walk up a few flights of stairs is a big pain in the ass.

One of the things you notice after a while is that some people invariably lose their bearings whenever they enter an elevator while others do not (the confusing part is we have a bank of elevators, and sometimes you end up in one of the south side of the building, while other times it can be on the north side). In my case, I seem to always know what direction I’m heading in when I leave the elevators, which makes me enjoy watching those people who never seem to (and subsequently start walking in the wrong direction upon leaving the elevator).

Anyone else have any elevator stories?

6 responses to “Elevator Confusion”

  1. Gus says:

    I love it when people arrive at their floor or lobby and they just sit there not exiting the elevator. I’m not sure if they realized they are at their destination or they are just plain dumb. 🙂

  2. Beth says:

    What is the deal with limiting people’s access to stairwells these days? Shouldn’t we be *encouraging* people to take the stairs? I work on the sixth floor and since I sit at my computer all day, I’m happy to take the stairs when I have to go somewhere! Sometimes I make up reasons to go downstairs, just to actually move around!

  3. Duane Storey says:

    Yah it sucks. I don’t know why they just don’t protect the stairwell with a FOB or other mechanism since they do the same things with the elevators.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I had an embarrassing moment this morning. Our building elevator is SOOooo slow so when you see someone coming in the front door (and we’re going up to the top floor) we usually wait however long it takes and let them in the car with us. Well the doors were shutting and I heard someone enter the building and plead, “please hold the elev…” and by the time I realized where the Open Doors button was, we were heading up. I’m such a jerk, I didn’t mean to 🙁

  5. Duane Storey says:

    My friend Chris saw someone running to the elevator and he just sort of chuckled since he knew they wouldn’t make it in time. Unfortunately for him they somehow managed to slide their hand in the door and open it up. It wasn’t as funny for him them.

  6. Kat says:

    The last time I was in Vancouver, I entered the elevator only to find myself in this small confined space with two young men and a pitbull. You can imagine what went through my head!

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