Eleven people who got trapped inside an elevator at a residential building in Shenzhen last Saturday took matters into their own hands when they thought that their distress calls hadn’t been received.
The passengers were riding the elevator around noon when it suddenly stopped on the first floor and opened to reveal a sealed-off brick wall. The riders attempted to close the elevator doors and move to another floor, yet the lift refused to budge.
After failing to receive a reply to their emergency call for help, the group became desperate. One of the passengers whipped out a hammer he’d been conveniently carrying (as one always should) and was able to break a hole through the wall after 40 minutes. Another passenger then slipped out and went for help.
Alas, his dramatic escape of Andy Dufresne-proportions was essentially done in vain. The management company had seen what happened on the security footage, and about two minutes after the passenger slipped out to freedom, rescue workers arrived to fix the elevator.
No one was injured, except perhaps one passenger’s short-lived sense of glorious valor.
By Alex Linder and Katie Nelson
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