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WMR
04-16-2008, 05:39 PM
The Video:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/video/2008/04/21/080421_elevators

The Story:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/04/21/080421fa_fact_paumgarten?currentPage=all

Amazing video. That dude had to be going out of his mind with thirst.

WMR
04-16-2008, 05:44 PM
Can you imagine prying open the doors and seeing a brick wall? I would have seriously freaked out. :eek:

MrCinatit
04-16-2008, 07:10 PM
The sign at the end was the kicker.
I wonder if he got paid overtime?

GoReds33
04-16-2008, 07:29 PM
That's terrible. You have to wonder, didn't anybody see that he was in the elevator by looking at the security cameras?

TeamSelig
04-16-2008, 09:58 PM
That is horrible. Hope he got paid alot of money for that.

Reds Fanatic
04-16-2008, 10:35 PM
That is horrible. Hope he got paid alot of money for that.According to the article he got a low 6 figure settlement in a lawsuit.

TeamSelig
04-16-2008, 11:13 PM
Yeah, I read that too. If he's not allowed to comment on how much he gets, why is he allowed to say that? Thought that sounded kinda fishy. Who knows though... With as much money as some have received for ridiculous claims, I would think he would be entitled to 7 or 8 figures.

George Foster
04-16-2008, 11:50 PM
For the record, I'll drink my own urine for 41 hours if I get 250K at the end of it....:D

Yachtzee
04-17-2008, 12:05 AM
Yeah, I read that too. If he's not allowed to comment on how much he gets, why is he allowed to say that? Thought that sounded kinda fishy. Who knows though... With as much money as some have received for ridiculous claims, I would think he would be entitled to 7 or 8 figures.

Reporters and lawyers have found ways to ask questions and get ballpark figures without requiring the person they are interviewing to actually comment.

George Foster
04-17-2008, 12:16 AM
After reading the entire article, this guy had a BAD lawyer. 4 years and not demanding a jury trail is horrible. A good lawyer would have requested a jury trail ASAP, and the defendants could only settle or go to trial.

This guy had a great case, especially with the security cameras on the entire time and NO ONE watching them. BAD LAWYER.

KronoRed
04-17-2008, 12:32 AM
I find it hard to believe nobody saw, wonder if some bored security guards thought it was funny to watch

cincinnati chili
04-17-2008, 01:45 AM
This January, I was trapped in a dark elevator for 30 minutes by myself and the fire department had to get me out. It was not pleasant. Can't imagine 41 hours.

WMR
04-17-2008, 01:48 AM
This January, I was trapped in a dark elevator for 30 minutes by myself and the fire department had to get me out. It was not pleasant. Can't imagine 41 hours.

At least this guy still had lights. WOW, can you imagine 41 hours of total darkness. That would drive lots of folks to the brink of insanity! :eek: :(

TeamSelig
04-17-2008, 02:09 AM
I agree, very bad lawyer. I can't imagine being trapped for almost two days.

Highlifeman21
04-17-2008, 08:31 AM
For the record, I'll drink my own urine for 41 hours if I get 250K at the end of it....:D

Well, it is sterile....

Falls City Beer
04-17-2008, 08:48 AM
LOL at the "Out of Order" sign at the end.

CrackerJack
04-17-2008, 11:40 AM
Lucky guy.

Jack Burton
04-17-2008, 12:08 PM
At some point there he must've thought he was going to die.

vaticanplum
04-17-2008, 12:11 PM
At least this guy still had lights. WOW, can you imagine 41 hours of total darkness. That would drive lots of folks to the brink of insanity! :eek: :(

I think I would kill myself. I'm not kidding -- can't even bring myself to look at the video. I'm not claustrophobic on a daily basis, but get me in a place from which you have no option of escaping (i.e., an airplane) and I have to work hard not to lose it. I don't like elevators in general -- broken ones are about the worst thing I can imagine.

Chip R
04-17-2008, 12:15 PM
It must have been horrible having to listen to elevator music for 41 hours. ;)

Redsland
04-17-2008, 01:36 PM
…except for those glorious three minutes whenever "The Girl from Ipanema" came back around.

:rockband:

Reds Fanatic
04-17-2008, 01:53 PM
The thing I can't believe is he tells his co-worker he is taking a break and will be right back. Why didn't the co-worker question where he was after awhile? I was hope if I disappeared at work after saying I would be right back someone would at least look for where I went.

Redsland
04-17-2008, 02:35 PM
The coworker apparently thought he'd bailed in the middle of the task. The coworker stuck a large and angry note on his computer screen to that effect for all colleagues to see.

cincinnati chili
04-17-2008, 10:54 PM
At least this guy still had lights.

Getting stuck in the elevator was not the worst part.

The worst thing about it for me is that it happened in the building where I live, it's the only elevator in the building, and the elevator didn't get fixed for 2 months (built in the 1960's w/hydraulic parts they don't make anymore).

Did I mention I live on the 6th floor? That's a lotta stairs when you're carrying the groceries and/or have to take the dog out multiple times per day.

Where's my hundred grand????

MrCinatit
04-18-2008, 02:30 AM
Getting stuck in the elevator was not the worst part.

The worst thing about it for me is that it happened in the building where I live, it's the only elevator in the building, and the elevator didn't get fixed for 2 months (built in the 1960's w/hydraulic parts they don't make anymore).

Did I mention I live on the 6th floor? That's a lotta stairs when you're carrying the groceries and/or have to take the dog out multiple times per day.

Where's my hundred grand????


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cincinnati chili
04-20-2008, 01:00 AM
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa219/MrCinatit/100grandbars.jpg

gee thanks.

redsrule2500
04-20-2008, 02:26 AM
According to the article he got a low 6 figure settlement in a lawsuit.

Sounds worth it to me! :eek: