bearmtnmartin
bearmtnmartin Dork
6/23/15 2:31 p.m.

Tip of the day: Do not, under any circumstances, ram your motorized wheelchair against an elevator door from the outside. Mainly because that door will come off its hinges at some point & you will then ride your wheelchair & that door to the bottom. Safety first folks.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
6/23/15 2:35 p.m.

Oh crap!

There is a bad story attached to this.

Giant Purple Snorklewacker
Giant Purple Snorklewacker MegaDork
6/23/15 2:35 p.m.

Angry cripples be gettin' the shaft, yo.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
6/23/15 2:35 p.m.

I have a grandmother who has been thinking about riding one of these, and I could see her doing that, so I'll let her know.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 UltraDork
6/23/15 2:40 p.m.

I work with the mentally ill. I have seen similar things.

Funny and screwed up at the same time.

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
6/23/15 2:43 p.m.

Isn't this in one of the GIF threads?

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
6/23/15 2:44 p.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: I have a grandmother who has been thinking about riding one of these...

An angry cripple?

(sorry)

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/23/15 2:45 p.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: I have a grandmother who has been thinking about riding one of these, and I could see her doing that, so I'll let her know.

Dang, I can't imagine why your grandma would want to ride an elevator door all the way to the bottom.

Giant Purple Snorklewacker
Giant Purple Snorklewacker MegaDork
6/23/15 2:47 p.m.
Dusterbd13 wrote: Funny and screwed up at the same time.

Like watching someone run thru a glass patio door. You are still giggling while applying the tourniquet.

RossD
RossD PowerDork
6/23/15 2:48 p.m.

In reply to Ian F:

Wally
Wally MegaDork
6/23/15 2:49 p.m.
Dusterbd13 wrote: I work with the mentally ill. I have seen similar things. Funny and screwed up at the same time.

Watching someone with limited coordination on a motorized scooter has helped punch my ticket to hell more than once.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
6/23/15 2:58 p.m.

years and years ago.. (going on 40 now) when my father had his first hip replaced, there was a young marine in the Navy Hospital in Philly with him. Poor kid had been hit riding his motorcycle and had come to close to breaking every major bone in his body. Full Body cast, Traction, and lots and lots of drugs for the pain.. to the point where they had to detox him when they were done.

The night before he was to be released, he snuck out to the local bar to have a few.. on the way back, the elevator door opened, but there was no car.. down he went...

He survived, but was back in a bodycast for another round of healing

Wally
Wally MegaDork
6/23/15 6:39 p.m.

I was sitting at a red light in the Bronx one night. There was a kid in an electric wheel chair flying to catch a bus going the other way. He went off the sidewalk and barrel rolled through the intersection, he flew out of his chair and fake legs took off in opposite directions. Before he landed I exploded laughing as I got out to help. When I got back on the bus an older woman told me I was going straight to hell. I said not for that. She looked disgusted for the rest of the ride.

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
6/23/15 6:42 p.m.
Dusterbd13 wrote: I work with the mentally ill. I have seen similar things. Funny and screwed up at the same time.

aint that the truth. I have a story I will tell for the rest of my life after reading a set of case notes.....

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
6/23/15 6:59 p.m.

The guides at the bottom of an elevator door are just plastic. It wouldn't take much to snap them or make them jump out of the track.

Knurled
Knurled UltimaDork
6/23/15 7:55 p.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote: Angry cripples be gettin' the shaft, yo.

That is an awful thing to say and it is going to be very difficult to build up an appropriate level of indignance what with all the laughing going on here.

Knurled
Knurled UltimaDork
6/23/15 7:58 p.m.
Appleseed wrote:
GameboyRMH wrote: I have a grandmother who has been thinking about riding one of these, and I could see her doing that, so I'll let her know.

Dang, I can't imagine why your grandma would want to ride an elevator door all the way to the bottom.

psteav
psteav Dork
6/23/15 9:54 p.m.

Dr. McNinja FTMFW.

Trans_Maro
Trans_Maro UberDork
6/23/15 10:14 p.m.

The elevator doors are an example of poor engineering.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad Dork
6/23/15 10:38 p.m.

Only the elevator doors that GM designed.

tr8todd
tr8todd Dork
6/24/15 4:38 a.m.

I once saw a huge guy on one of those scooters, and a guy with no legs below the knees in a wheelchair fighting with each other. They were on the sidewalk in front of a Chevy dealership in Plymouth Mass. The scooter and the wheelchair were side by side but pointing in opposite directions, and the two combatants were winding up and throwing haymakers at each other. Not sure who eventually won the fight, but I got to watch for around a minute as I was at a light waiting for the green arrow to turn left.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
6/24/15 6:16 a.m.
Toyman01 wrote: The guides at the bottom of an elevator door are just plastic. It wouldn't take much to snap them or make them jump out of the track.

I don't know much about elevators, but if that's true, it's pretty surprising.

I DO know a lot about the building code, and OSHA.

I know, for example, that stair railings are required to be strong enough to support a 300 lb man free falling down a staircase.

I know that I am required to build railings and barricades to prevent workers from falling, trip hazards, etc.

Flimsy sliding doors or curtains disguised as solid doors between unknowing people and a 100 foot fall onto concrete is not cool.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
6/24/15 6:36 a.m.

In reply to SVreX:

I've seen quite a few installed and repaired. The guides I've seen are about 4" long, plastic and run in a grove on the threshold. I was surprised myself. All of my stuff uses a steel roller guide and even they will jump track if hit hard enough.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/24/15 9:15 a.m.

Reminds me of the Bowler's father from Mystery Men.

Apparently he fell down an elevator shaft and landed on some bullets.

Scott_H
Scott_H Reader
6/24/15 8:00 p.m.

Well, sort of elevator related. I was checking out of a hotel and headed toward the elevator. I got close to the elevator an attractive woman about 40 was headed that way too with her armes loaded with her bags and stuff. I got to the elevator before her and it came before she got there. I went in and held the door as she was a few feet away. Just as she was stepping into the elevator her bag shifted. She reached for them and did catch them while dropping her car keys. They went right though the gap in the elevator floor and the floor. Clink - they hit bottom.

Good woman though, she didn't freak out and went to the front desk to see what they could do. It was a newer Mercedes with a keyless start system. I knew that if she didn't get her key back she was screwed.

And yes, I chuckled at the randomness of it all.

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