Life in an elevator

It’s funny how people act in an elevator. Specialy when the elevators in a building are not enough to cater the crowd of people wanting to go up. In my building I was surprised to see them making lines for elevators, but I have seen the worse elsewhere. It’s not much different from the scene at a bus station. Inside the elevator it’s pin drop silence, as if the elevator would drop any moment. People get off the elevator in same manner as they get out of a bus. It seems like if they don’t quickly jump out they will miss the floor, just like if you are not ready to jump out of a bus at your stop the bus moves on and you are stuck inside.

Do you have any interesting elevator experiences to share?

16 Comments so far

  1. Arslan (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

    well samethin same happened wid me..!
    well my destiny waz aptech computer… at shahra-e-faisal unluckily i waz the first to enter the elevator well behind me waz a crowd of people (due 2 morning the arrival time). they all entered together wid me i was to land on 3rd floor but came out on 6th … amazed? wht happened precisely tht i waz in the corner and waz surrounded by the people the elevator was so crowded tht i waz harder for me to move … well everyone landed on their floor forgetin me in da corner … atlast when i was wid some 2 or 3 person i came out and waz at 6th floor later on i went down through stairs :(
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  2. GLOW SUBZ (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    The Elevator was coming down from 10th floor and i get in @ 6th. There were two people already there and what was unusual is all buttons 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and all parkings were pressed. People inside told me 9, 8, 7, 6 were pressed too. You could have guessed what would have happened, some one just tested our patience.


  3. GLOW SUBZ (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    The Elevator was coming down from 10th floor and i get in @ 6th. There were two people already there and what was unusual is all buttons 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and all parkings were pressed. People inside told me 9, 8, 7, 6 were pressed too. You could have guessed what would have happened, some one just tested our patience.

    Lift was going up fully crowded, when it stopped at a floor,
    a lady out there asked : “yeh wapis ayegi na”
    some body from inside : “nahi peechay say utar jayegi”


  4. MystaKool (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

    umar, it seems you’ve been traveling in the Business Avenue elevators… in all this time in Karachi, this is the one building i’ve seen where you have a proper queue for the 3 elevators.

    one elevator for the odd floors, one for the even, and the 3rd for all floors, preferably for load carrying. as for the 4th, thats to commute from the basement parking to 1st floor onwards.

    Fortune Center (nursery) had a shortlived queue system but i dont believe they continue with that now.

    as for me, i just skip the elevators and run up to the 1st floor… simple :)


  5. elidog (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

    what a bunch of retards. everyone jumps down CY’s throat for a non-Karachi related topic, and here we have Umar bhaiya trying to finagle a “love in an elevator” moment. love the double standards on karachi metroblogging. as long as the poster is a muslim it seems that anything can fly, as soon as it’s a non-muslim, all hell breaks loose.


  6. kidal (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 6:00 pm

    I have to agree with elidog. This belongs on a personal blog.


  7. umar (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 7:07 pm

    mystacool… its painful for those who live/work high than 2 floors. Talk about elevators, national bank (IIC road) building has the fastest elevators I have come across in the city.


  8. typ (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    Scarlett Johannson sure has some interesting elevator stories.


  9. SWA (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

    @ Umar: Well, as far as it goes for me, I am dead silent in the elevators and jump out as quickly as it stops on my floor because elevators are small, cramped, and uncomfortable. So I want to be out of the uneasiness as soon as possible. I am pretty sure that is how it is for most other people too.


  10. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

    this is karachi related! dont agree with edilog and kidal!
    no where else in the country u would find so many elevators!
    btw, we dont even know wht religion CY follows so ur assumption is WRONG.
    another proof: have u seen CY bashing on the topic “No Emergencies here”? Why not? cause the topic is kinnda related maybe… and not on women issues


  11. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 1:31 am

    Slightly off-topic – I know all elevators are manned by an attendant but can someone try this Elevator Hack and report if it actually works.

    Reported on Lifehacker this week.

    Press the floor you want to go to and the DOOR CLOSE BUTTON at the same time, this hack should by-pass all stops and take you directly to the floor of your choice – works on OTIS, Dover & most Desert Elevators.

    Should be fun to take your fellow passengers for a ride once in a while.


  12. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    Wow. Will try it sometime


  13. scarlett (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 9:52 am

    i’d say i’m rather lucky to have the privilege of having a rather luxurious elevator in my apartment which happens to be not in use too often and i am accustomed to using it alone usually but now I have built a bit of a phobia for the fact that when I wait for the elevator outside my apartment somebody might already be in it and that gives me the creeps and the thought of being alone in an elevator with a complete stranger engulfs me at all times.


  14. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    Teetho, it never works. I use FTC, PNSC, NIC building elevators quiet often and tried multiple trix. IT is not like that.,


  15. mansoor (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    mystakool and umer: Park Avenue also has a pretty decent queue system :p i think i posted somethin on my blog sometime back too regarding elevator queues.


  16. qu3st (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

    the lift in our college had some problems,so if u wanted to go floor 2,it used to stop at dhai floor,yeah two and a half,half wall half floor.then u press 4 and u end up goin to floor 5(add another dhai)i guess lifts math wasnt that good.



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