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Yes I have…many times.  Same elevator. Worked in a office supply located in a old building that used to be a department store.  The elevator was the type seen in the old movies that required an operator to run.  Also, it required both sliding gates to be closed. Well, the old boy was a bit temperamental and if you didn’t handle the controls just right the circuit breakers would pop.  Which was fine if you got stuck on the first floor or close to it because the breaker panel was located in the maintenance room right next to the elevator.  You only had to be able reach the outer gate latch to get it open climb out and run down…did I mention that the store was a quarter of a city block big…to the store and get the key and open up said room, reset breakers.  If stuck in the basement level, again, no big deal just open gates climb out, run length of basement, up stairs grab key, down to maintenance room, reset, and retrace steps…remember quarter city block. The big problem was if it stopped dead between floors.  To get out you HAD to open the outer gate.  You only hoped that it was close enough to reach either down pass the floor or if you had to, climb up standing on the inside gate and control lever.  Down was always better, and yes I speak from experience. During the week it was no problem, plenty of people in the building and if we got stuck we just yelled however, on the weekends unless you had a customer you were alone.  My husband knew that if I wasn’t home by a certain time on Saturdays, and didn’t answer the store phone, to come looking. No we didn’t have cell phones then.  Fortunately I…for the most part…have always got myself out of what ever predicament I got myself into. Boy, you sure brought back some 32 year old memories that I had forgotten about with that question. Good times, I actually liked running that old beast, the other girls hated it. 😉

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Yes I have…many times.  Same elevator. Worked in a office supply located in a old building that used to be a department store.  The elevator was the type seen in the old movies that required an operator to run.  Also, it required both sliding gates to be closed. Well, the old boy was a bit temperamental and if you didn’t handle the controls just right the circuit breakers would pop.  Which was fine if you got stuck on the first floor or close to it because the breaker panel was located in the maintenance room right next to the elevator.  You only had to be able reach the outer gate latch to get it open climb out and run down…did I mention that the store was a quarter of a city block big…to the store and get the key and open up said room, reset breakers.  If stuck in the basement level, again, no big deal just open gates climb out, run length of basement, up stairs grab key, down to maintenance room, reset, and retrace steps…remember quarter city block. The big problem was if it stopped dead between floors.  To get out you HAD to open the outer gate.  You only hoped that it was close enough to reach either down pass the floor or if you had to, climb up standing on the inside gate and control lever.  Down was always better, and yes I speak from experience. During the week it was no problem, plenty of people in the building and if we got stuck we just yelled however, on the weekends unless you had a customer you were alone.  My husband knew that if I wasn’t home by a certain time on Saturdays, and didn’t answer the store phone, to come looking. No we didn’t have cell phones then.  Fortunately I…for the most part…have always got myself out of what ever predicament I got myself into. Boy, you sure brought back some 32 year old memories that I had forgotten about with that question. Good times, I actually liked running that old beast, the other girls hated it. 😉