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  • You can hardly believe the day is finally here - you've worked tirelessly for months

  • to claw your way up the leaderboard, and now all that's left for you to do is to ride

  • the elevator up to the arena floor and take your place in video game history at the Fortnite

  • World Cup - what could possibly go wrong?

  • As the elevator doors close behind you and the car starts to rise towards the arena,

  • you feel a shudder and then...nothing - the elevator isn't moving; you're stuck, and

  • panic immediately starts to set in as you frantically search your brain for any clue

  • as to what to actually do if you're trapped in an elevator.

  • No, no, no!” you yell, as you frantically mash buttons on the elevator's control panel

  • to no effect.

  • This can't be happening, not right now!

  • You can't believe your whole life is about to be ruined by a broken elevator.

  • You've worked so hard to get here, and you absolutely can't miss this opportunity.

  • You've always loved video games, maybe a little bit too much - your parents certainly

  • don't understand it - but it wasn't until you saw the first ever Fortnite World Cup

  • that you realized there might actually be a future for you in video games.

  • After 13 year old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf won the tournament - and the $3 million dollar

  • prize - you were inspired to take your favorite hobby from pastime to career.

  • As your blood pressure rises and you break out in a cold sweat, your panicking brain

  • starts to come up with some crazy ideas.

  • You remember watching the Die Hard movies as a kid, and picture John McClain spidermaning

  • around the building's elevator shaft.

  • How did he do that?

  • Think, think, think.

  • You look up - there's an air vent in the roof.

  • If you could pop it off, you might be able to crawl out the top of the car.

  • You jump up and try to reach the grate, but it's just out of reach.

  • Right about the time you're balancing on the hand railing and trying to reach over

  • to pull down the grate, you realize what a dumb idea this is.

  • How are you going to pull yourself up through the hole?

  • A year of full-time gaming certainly hasn't done any miracles for your biceps.

  • And even if you could get through, then what?

  • Where would you go?

  • And what if the car suddenly started to move?

  • You shudder as you imagine taking a wild ride on top of a runaway elevator car, and you

  • climb down from the railing.

  • Okay, so climbing out the top isn't an option, but you need to get out of here now - think!

  • What can you try next?

  • As you stand there panting, it hits you: Of course - the door!

  • You'll just pry it open and climb out.

  • Simple.

  • Why didn't you think of that first?

  • You waste no time and quickly start working the doors apart.

  • It takes quite a bit of effort for you to pry the heavy doors apart, but eventually

  • you're able to wedge them partially open.

  • It looks like the car is stuck halfway between floors, but the gap looks plenty big enough

  • for you to slip out.

  • You poke your head through the door to take a quick look around the floor outside - it

  • looks mostly deserted, except for a janitor mopping at the end of the hall.

  • As you're plotting out the best way to crawl out of the elevator, you hear footsteps running

  • towards you and someone shoutingWhoa, what the heck do you think you're doing!?

  • Are you crazy!?”

  • You step back into the car just as the janitor reaches the door.

  • He lays down on the floor and pears through the gap at you, looking terrified.

  • What were you thinking!?

  • Are you trying to get killed!?” he shouts.

  • You start to explain about the tournament, and the elevator, and your dreams and how

  • it's all falling apart.

  • Just as you're starting to get really worked up, he stops you.

  • It's okay, you're gonna be fine,” he says, softening.

  • You just need to stay calm, and we're gonna get you outta here.”

  • Stay calm?, you think.

  • How can you possibly stay calm right now?

  • Seeing your distress, the janitor starts talking.

  • Lucky for you, I used to work in New York City, and this ain't my first elevator mishap!

  • In fact, I have a proven, 3-step process to follow when you're trapped in an elevator.

  • Interested?”

  • Interested?

  • You've never been more interested in anything - except video games - in your life!

  • Yes sir, I sure know all about elevatorshe says.

  • Did you know that in the year 2015 alone, 51 people were injured and 5 people died in

  • New York City elevator accidents?

  • It's such a big problem that the mayor did a whole big campaign about it.

  • That's how I know all about this 3 step plan.

  • They put ads all over town, on the buses, in the papers, on the radio - 'Stay put.

  • Stay safe' was the tagline.”

  • You're trying to be patient and hear him out, but the clock is ticking and all this

  • chit chat isn't helping get you out of here.

  • That's great and all,” you say, “but what's the first step to get me out of here?”

  • The janitor smiles.

  • Step 1”, he says, “is 'Don't Panic'.”

  • You are about to start yelling again when he cuts you off and continues.

  • You're no good to yourself if you're so panicked that you're not thinkin' straight,

  • and no one's gonna be able to get in there to help you, so you might as well take some

  • deep breaths and chill the heck out”.

  • You realize that he's right, so you try to take some slow, steady breaths and calm

  • your racing heart.

  • Eventually, the combination of the breathing and the janitor's calm presence and rambling

  • stories seems to be working, and you can feel some rational thought returning to your brain.

  • Okay”, you say, “I think I'm ready for Step 2.”

  • Right”, says the janitor.

  • This step is very important, so pay attention.

  • I want you to look at the control panel, and find the emergency button.

  • It's probably a big, red button…”

  • You immediately flush with embarassment - how could you be so stupid?

  • The emergency button!

  • Why didn't you think of that in the first place?

  • As if he can read your thoughts, the janitor saysDon't beat yourself up, kid.

  • There's a reason that step number 1 is 'Don't Panic' - it's hard to think straight when

  • your brain is going a mile a minute!”

  • Feeling slightly better, you press the emergency call button and within a few seconds, you're

  • connected to the stadium's maintenance department.

  • You explain what's happened and where you are, and the person on the other end tells

  • you just to 'hang tight', and that help is on the way.

  • Sure, you think as you disconnect, you'll 'hang tight' - what else are you going

  • to do?

  • Step 2,” the janitor is saying, “is 'Call for help'.

  • By law, every elevator has to have an emergency button of some kind.

  • But if, for some reason, there isn't one, or if it's not working, well, you better

  • start bangin' on those doors and hope someone hears you.

  • The last thing you want to do is try to climb out on your own - you never know when the

  • thing will start back up - or let go! - and that's how people get themselves killed.”

  • You understand what he's getting at, but as the minutes slip by with no sign of rescue,

  • you start to think that you're going to have no choice but to take the chance and

  • crawl your way to freedom.

  • Almost as if he can tell what you're plotting, the janitor pipes up again.

  • Are ya ready for step 3?” he asks.

  • In your relief that help is on the way, you almost forgot that there was a step 3.

  • Sure,” you say, humoring him.

  • What's step 3?”

  • We wait!” he laughs, as if he's just said the funniest thing in the world.

  • You fail to see the humor in it.

  • No matter what, it's gonna take some time for help to get to you, and even some

  • time for them to get you out safely once they get here, so you might as well get comfortable.”

  • He can tell that you aren't buying in to step 3, so he goes on.

  • This may not seem like an important step at all, but panicking in a situation like

  • this can get someone hurt.

  • Keeping calm and keeping the mood positive is a key step.

  • If you're alone and have a cell phone on you, that can be a useful distraction.

  • So can a book, some deep breathing or some mental games.

  • If you're with other people, playing some icebreaker games can help ease the tension

  • and keep the mood positive until help arrives.”

  • Don't worry, kid”, he concludes.

  • “I'll keep you company until help gets here.

  • Let's see, how can we pass the time?”

  • You have an idea.

  • You're not sure it's a good one, considering the circumstances, but you have nothing better

  • to do and you can't help but be curious.

  • You decide to go for it.

  • Hey”, you start, tentatively.

  • Back when you worked in New York, you said you saw your fair share of elevator mishaps.

  • What did you mean by that?”

  • Oh sure,” he says.

  • In a city with more than 70,000 elevators, you'd be hard pressed not to have some first-hand

  • experience with one gone wrong!

  • I remember my first one.

  • It was New Year's Eve, and a young man who was attending a party at the building saved

  • the life of one of the residents when he pushed her out of the elevator as the car let go

  • and began to fall down the shaft.

  • He was trapped between the elevator and the door, and ended up dying later at the hospital.”

  • He shakes his head sadly.

  • There's two types of elevators, you see - this here is an older hydraulic model, runs

  • on fluid-filled pistons that move the car up and down.

  • That one was a newer electric model that uses a counterbalance weight to raise and lower

  • the car.

  • The counter weight must have let go somehow.”

  • There was another one, though, that still haunts me to this day.

  • It's so sad because it could have been prevented.

  • The elevator was overloaded, so when it stopped at the lobby it wasn't level with the floor.

  • This man was too impatient, so he tried to get off the elevator, but as he stepped through

  • the doors the car started moving again, crushing his head and chest.

  • So sad…”

  • He trails off, lost in thought.

  • Just as the reality of your brush with death starts to sink in, help finally arrives.

  • A team from security shows up and tells you to stand back while they lock out the elevator

  • and make it safe for you to exit.

  • The second they give you the all clear, you leap from the elevator and fall gratefully

  • to your knees on the solid ground of the hallway.

  • But your relief doesn't last long - you have a tournament to win!

  • You scramble to your feet and race to the nearest stairwell - no way are you getting

  • into another elevator.

  • You don't have a second to spare so you shout a thank-you to the janitor and sprint

  • for the arena, taking the stairs two at a time.

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