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The New York City Police Department on Thursday was called to the site of Apple's flamboyant new retail shop to rescue a group of students that had become stuck inside store's glass-encapsulated elevator system.

The six students were visiting Manhattan as part of a school trip, one wrote in a blog posting about the incident. She said all but herself wound up stuck inside the captivating gizmo for about 45 minutes while the police were called to the scene.

As the students waited to be rescued, Apple Store employees used step-stools to slip bottles of water through the elevator's erratically opening and closing doors. All the students eventually exited safely once police leaked the hydraulic lines, though some were reported to have received minor burns.

The elevator is part of the $9 million 32-foot glass cube that rests atop the new Apple store in the plaza of the General Motors building on Fifth Avenue. It's wrapped by a circular staircase -- also made of glass -- that takes patrons to the 20,000-square-foot subterranean retail space.

According to reports, the cube was designed and paid for by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. In fact, it's also been reported that Jobs demanded he be able to keep the structure at the end of the store's twenty-year lease (though he must replace it with a "comparable structure" before hauling it off).

The Fifth Avenue Apple Store elevator is now "out of order," according to tipsters who swung by location this holiday weekend.



post #2 of 78
Well, if Bill Gates had built this elevator it would have worked...after version 6!
post #3 of 78
I think Steve just wanted his very own exotic fishbowl. "Look Mom, brown haired southeastern tourists!" "tap, tap, tap." "Don't tap on the glass dear, you'll frighten them." "I hear where they come from they don't have an Apple store for 1,000 miles, poor things."
post #4 of 78
I guess getting claustrophobic in a glass elevator would be something new.
post #5 of 78
Was there the Sunday afternoon after the store opened -- the elevator was working when we entered, but by the time we were leaving the Otis repairman was riding up and down in it trying to get it to work. Buggy!
post #6 of 78
Not the kind of publicity we need, Steve.

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post #7 of 78
I've been wondering how long it would take before this happened.

Anyone who isn't disabled and gets stuck on an elevator that they took instead of walking a single flight of stairs got exactly what they deserved, IMHO.

Although these kids probably just took the elevator to see how "COOL" it was.
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Paging David Blaine...
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post #9 of 78
Why did the police do this? Surely the Apple Store has a 24-hour service contract with Otis. Even if the contract covers only normal business hours, paying for an elevator mechanic to come in is less expensive than the damage the police likely caused getting the people out.
post #10 of 78
I don't think those people trapped would have any kinky action like normal "trapped in the elevator" situations...
post #11 of 78
This is completely OT, but I couldn't help myself after reading "Former Lurker"'s title,

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post #12 of 78
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Originally posted by FormerLurker
Anyone who isn't disabled and gets stuck on an elevator that they took instead of walking a single flight of stairs got exactly what they deserved, IMHO.

IMHOYOS*. How about families with infants in strollers, a person with asthma, etc. If you'd like to take the stairs, that's up to you. To think that you can impose your opinions on others makes you an elitist, just from the other side.

*In My Humble Opinion Your Opinion Sucks.
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post #13 of 78
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Originally posted by fahlman
IMHOYOS*. How about families with infants in strollers, a person with asthma, etc. If you'd like to take the stairs, that's up to you. To think that you can impose your opinions on others makes you an elitist, just from the other side.

*In My Humble Opinion Your Opinion Sucks.

Not that humble of an opinion...

While you are right about certain people needing it, these kids didn't have any infants and although I don't know for sure but I doubt any of them had any medical conditions that wouldn't allow them to scale one flight of stairs. Keep in mind he didn't mention those with disablities.
post #14 of 78
uhh.. riding the glass elevator is simply more fun.
post #15 of 78
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Originally posted by drakethegreat
Not that humble of an opinion...

While you are right about certain people needing it, these kids didn't have any infants and although I don't know for sure but I doubt any of them had any medical conditions that wouldn't allow them to scale one flight of stairs. Keep in mind he didn't mention those with disablities.

He said "Anyone".
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post #16 of 78
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Originally posted by fahlman
He said "Anyone".

in all likelihood, the OP meant 'anyone who doesn't have a good reason for circumventing a flight of stairs', which i would say includes the people you mentioned (and a few others most likely).

but i'd agree with the OP, aside from maybe a one time 'hey this might be a fun elevator to ride', it's remarkably lazy to ride an elevator to move up/down a single flight. i mean really, which do you think is faster?
post #17 of 78
C'mon fellers......

"People who take elevators one floor are lazy" doesn't make any sense when the elevator in question is round and glass and moves through the middle of a glass staircase between a glass cube and an Apple store.

Were I to visit the Apple store in Manhattan I would almost certainly take the elevator at least once, to check it out. Wouldn't you?
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post #18 of 78
i hope they got a discount or free product demo for the inconvience.
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Thats it. I'm visiting a Dell store.
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post #20 of 78
I think we all know how they really got out of the elevator...gotta love Chuck Norris...a dear friend of Steve from what I hear.
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Originally posted by T'hain Esh Kelch
Thats it. I'm visiting a Dell store.

You have to pay extra for their elevator, and it's made of ugly plastic.
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post #22 of 78
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Originally posted by T'hain Esh Kelch
Thats it. I'm visiting a Dell store.

I wouldn't recommend it.
The elevator at the DELL store is made of cheap plastic and has lots of very sharp, exposed metal inside. But don't worry, if you get stuck or impaled, there is a phone inside that will connect you to technical support in some 3rd world country.
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You have to pay extra for their elevator, and it's made of ugly plastic.

You beat me by 1 minute.
and by the way, what were you doing at the DELL store?
post #24 of 78
Phish is a joke, and most of their fans are losers, commonly referred to as "wookies" because they are smelly and hairy.

If you Google "Fishhead Music" you'll see that it applies to a band that's been around much longer than Phish, and still plays over 100 shows per year, and that is The Radiators.
http://www.RadsFans.net

Most fans of the Radiators like the other bands you mentioned, such as WSP. Check 'em out some time.

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This is completely OT, but I couldn't help myself after reading "Former Lurker"'s title,

I live near Boulder and saw a bumper sticker a few years back that cracked me up...

Jerry's dead
Fish sucks
Get a job

Don't get me wrong - love the Dead, Anastasio rocks(but I think Fish is a little weird), really love Widespread Panic...

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post #25 of 78
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I don't think those people trapped would have any kinky action like normal "trapped in the elevator" situations...

Just what I was thinking. Imagine your dream comes true and you get trapped in a lift (that's what they're called over here) with that someone you've always fancied but hadn't yet quite dared to approach physically - and then you find yourself in a bloody glass cage with a 1000 people staring at you from all sides.
post #26 of 78
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Originally posted by drakethegreat
Not that humble of an opinion...

While you are right about certain people needing it, these kids didn't have any infants and although I don't know for sure but I doubt any of them had any medical conditions that wouldn't allow them to scale one flight of stairs. Keep in mind he didn't mention those with disablities.

Ah, common sense - thank you.
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post #27 of 78
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Originally posted by fahlman
He said "Anyone".

No, I said "anyone who isn't disabled" - so IMNSHO you need to work on your reading comprehension - and I'm SOOOO sorry for forgetting to include people with infants in strollers in my disclaimer.
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You beat me by 1 minute.
and by the way, what were you doing at the DELL store?

Maybe looking for products that don't typecast the owner as elitist?
post #29 of 78
It must be very odd riding in that elevator, especially if the floor is also glass. You basically are riding in a levitating fishbowl. Being stuck would be even worse.

But I agree. Too many people use elevators out of laziness. The building I work in is 3 floors, and I often see perfectly healthy employees taking the elevator DOWN one floor. Damn, people. Move your legs and let gravity do the rest.
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post #30 of 78
So did these little lazy sh*ts actually buy anything?
post #31 of 78
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Originally posted by FormerLurker
and I'm SOOOO sorry for forgetting to include people with infants in strollers in my disclaimer.

Don't forget expecting mothers too because you know they get to park closer too...
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post #32 of 78
I don't trust elevators or escalators. The stories you hear about people falling into moving stairs that collapse under them and rip them apart and people being trapped in lifts for hours. I take the stairs anyday even if it's 20 floors.

What would happen if you were really bursting to go to the toilet and you'd just taken the elevator to get up quicker. Then it gets stuck and you have the whole street watching. Plus if somebody farts, man you are really stuck because it's not like you can get out at the next floor.
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Originally posted by drakethegreat
Not that humble of an opinion...

While you are right about certain people needing it, these kids didn't have any infants and although I don't know for sure but I doubt any of them had any medical conditions that wouldn't allow them to scale one flight of stairs. Keep in mind he didn't mention those with disablities.

Aah, yes.. only apple fans can spin a story abouta defective structure, meant to transport people from point A to point B and blame the victims using that structure when it malfunctions. It's quite a unique ability of Apple fanatics. No where else have i noticed this rare ability. Hmmm.. lets see, i take the elevator cause I FEEL like it and it's my fault if it breaks down. Trying to digest that one.. i'll get back to ya'll when it starts making sense.
post #34 of 78
Ok... my question is... what kind of school field trip involves going shopping?! LOL. My school trips... back in the day... usually involved going to museums or the zoo or a science / discovery center or whatever... not shopping at the Apple Store :P

p.s. I know I know... I'm sure the point of the trip was not to go shopping... they were probably on a break or whatever.
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"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them" -Isaac Asimov
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post #36 of 78
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Originally posted by FormerLurker
I've been wondering how long it would take before this happened.

Anyone who isn't disabled and gets stuck on an elevator that they took instead of walking a single flight of stairs got exactly what they deserved, IMHO.

Although these kids probably just took the elevator to see how "COOL" it was.

You are despicable. Blaming the kids when there are so many other deserving people. Did you stop to think if they took the stairs, they may have fallen and broken an ankle?.. huh, you thoughtless person!!!.. besides, lets examine who the real culprits are

1. Otis elevator company. They just wanted to make apple look bad and installed a defective elevator
2. Microsoft. They secretly penetrated the otis elevator company and planted a technician who installed the defective elevator
3. Dell. They sent an undercover operative in the store who secretly and with malice, did something to the elevator to cause it to malfunction
4. A disgruntled apple employee. I hope Steve finds out who he/she is and grill them on his backyard George Foreman grill.
5. IBM. The installed software that controls the elevator and caused it to malfunction with kids in it.. Take that apple, screw you for ditching us.

So as you can see.. the kids did not deserve what happened to them. I contend had they walked, they all would have slipped and broken their ankles and then sued apple for millions. Thank god they were only trapped in an elevator!. Besides, everyone needs to be trapped in a glass elevator once in a while. I say, apple should program the system to trap people every now and then. It teaches one of life great lessons. What is that you say?. The feeling of being caged and on display, like an animal in a zoo. I hope those kids thanked Steve after their experience.

(btw, I am a big fan of the Colbert Report. Can you tell by my style of writing?).
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Breaking news. It now appears that everyone who was involved in this elevator fiasco were working together.. it's a huge conspiracy folks

Otis elevator company wanted to make apple look bad but did not want apple to trace the defective elevator to them so they contacted microsoft, a known apple enemy. Microsoft then infiltrated the otis elevator company where their technician installed a device that could disable the elevator at will. Microsoft then got their lapdog Dell computers to send an undercover agent to activate the device. A disgruntled apple employee saw the whole thing and assisted in the operation. This disgruntled employee was really an ibm undercover agent and upon realizing the plot, disclosed to microsoft the software used to control the elevator upon which microsoft was able to build the device that could disable the elevator at will.

Bastards!!!!
post #38 of 78
You know you're a Mac freak when some kids get stuck in an elevator at a Mac store and you call them lazy for not taking the stairs.
post #39 of 78
This must have been a very, very slow news day for such a silly article to make it on AppleInsider. There is very little that is "insider" here other than the fact that these visitors were stuck inside an elevator. Folks, this does happen.

I for one would like to know where my next gen video iPod is? Now that would be news!8)
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Microsoft then infiltrated the otis elevator company where their technician installed a device that could disable the elevator at will.

You mean they let it run under windows?
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