When I heard about the story of the man who didn’t think to call 911 when stuck in the elevator, I had sympathy for him. maybe he didn’t think his situation warranted calling 911. maybe he was trying to get a hold of maintenance for his building to see if they could get him out instead of the folks who fight fires. I remember my mom, when she was stuck in the elevator, didn’t want to call the fire department. She just thought maybe Mike the janitor could get the elevator moving again. But my sympathy swiftly ran out when I realized that this guy was in fact the maintenance man, and he still didn’t think to call 911. Instead, he called his boss, who drove to the fire station and got firefighters to come get him out. so he spent 2 hours in the elevator when he could have been extricated much faster if he’d called 911 right away.
I do have to give him credit for being calm, although it seems like he was too calm. He just talked on the phone while stuck in the elevator, and said next time he would call 911 first. Well, at least he learned something.