In 2008, a manager at BusinessWeek magazine in New York became trapped in an elevator for 41 hours. The lawsuit ($25 million) he eventually filed against the building’s management company took 4 years to complete during which time he lost his job, his money, his colleagues and his apartment.
Towers in New York can fake and exaggerate how many floors they have, using tricks like different sets of elevators to hide the missing floors.
In Germany there are elevators with no doors that never stop. The riders must be ready to hop on at the right time or risk being “guillotined” by the lifts.
There are Shabbat elevators in areas of large Jewish population in Israel, the United States, Canada and Ukraine. These elevators stop at every floor so that Jews won’t have to press buttons on the Sabbath since pressing buttons is considered ‘doing work’.
Before the advent of elevators, the wealthiest people would live on the lowest floors. The higher the floor, the poorer the tenants.
It’s illegal to pee in an elevator in Singapore, and that some elevators have a Urine Detection Device which detects urine odors, sets off an alarm, and close the elevator doors until the police arrive.