How Many People Are Trapped in Elevators on Your Campus?

Here is a cool little FOI-driven story

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elevator (Photo credit: Jose R. Borras)

from the student paper at the University of Texas-Arlington:

Brushing shoulder to shoulder, a group of eight Phi Mu Alpha fraternity members crammed into a Fine Arts Building elevator at 8 p.m. in October of last year. Hungry and matted with saturated sweat from marching band practice an hour earlier, the students talked about showering and going out for dinner.

Ding — The elevator passed the third floor. Suddenly, the elevator made an unfamiliar beeping noise, jerked slightly, tossing them, and then stopped.

Music education senior Andres Soto pressed the emergency button to call police and the dispatcher told him the bad news. The dispatcher estimated the men would have to wait about an hour before an elevator technician would arrive and open the doors, Soto said.

Their incident was inconvenient, Soto said. However, it’s not rare. Nearly 800 reports of people trapped in elevators were made between Jan. 1, 2002, and Aug. 26, 2012, according to open records obtained by The Shorthorn in August.

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