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Chinese Jam Pack Elevator Causing it to Plunge to Basement

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 15, 2013

Chinese are long on the selfish gene and short on the logic and empathy DNA strands. They see life as a battle to the death over resources of any type. They fight to the death for seats on the subway, as I have blogged about before, an generally act like animals in the wild when it comes to securing something from another person.

The same is true with Chinese and elevator rides. It is not uncommon for them to pack elevators to the gills and disregard the warning ‘overweight’ signal. To them, such things are only a nuisance, after all, they have places to be. This selfish behavior has lead to more than one elevator fatality in China, a thing which will only continue.

The following story exposes how foolish Chinese are when it comes to choosing between common sense and harming others.


Not one of the 18 people crammed into an office building elevator would budge as the weight caused the contraption to plunge from the ground floor. Despite a full story catapult, only one passenger fainted, reports Hubei-based Xiangyang Evening News.
In the mad 8am rush inside the Xianyang city office building, located in central China’s Hubei province, the elevator had already sounded its alarm in protest as the number of passengers climbed beyond the 13-person limit. “I wanted some of them to go out when I saw the elevator signaling an overload. No one was willing to do so,” said en employee working in the building, who watched as 16 adults and two kids crammed in on the first floor.
The strain eventually caused the elevator to drop to the 1st floor of the basement, trapping the squished passengers inside after the door malfunctioned. They had to endure 10 minutes without any personal space before firefighters pried the door open.
A young woman passed out, for reasons unknown.
The incident has reportedly happened several times in the building, according to one employee.
link http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1103&MainCatID=&id=20130716000006

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