Getting stuck in a lift is rare, but you assume the experience would fall somewhere between the opening of Speed and a late-night Cinemax flick. A Chicago man turned it into Groundhog Day when, after being rescued from one lift, he promptly got stuck in another on the way back down to safety.
Firefighters initially rescued a man between the 21st and 22nd floors of his 49-storey apartment building. To get back to the ground floor, rescuer and rescuee took the building's other, functional lift — which proceeded to also get stuck. Because both lifts were now stalled, and they probably had less idiotic things to do with their time, rescue crews briefly considered busting through a brick wall to get at the poor guy and the firefighter who was trapped with him. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and an engineer simply reset both death traps lifts from the roof.
Reason stands that it's probably safe for this guy to take every lift he encounters for the rest of his life, since the odds of getting trapped in a lift three times in your life are probably pretty minuscule. Of course, that probably applies to people who live in buildings where every single elevator isn't broken. [Chicago Tribune via Fark]