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(Chicago Breaking News)   Two members of the Law & Order: Illinois Elevator Inspectors Unit assigned to desk duty after a toddler took an express to the ground floor   (chicagobreakingnews.com) divider line 52
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2011-01-28 11:08:40 AM
On Sunday, a 2-year-old boy riding an elevator alone at the Hotel Plaza fell 30 feet down the elevator shaft and suffered serious head trauma.

Yeah, but is the elevator okay?
 
2011-01-28 11:08:54 AM
The coroner ruled the toddler's death an accident. He fell down the elevator shaft, onto some bullets.
 
2011-01-28 11:08:56 AM
I love how the primary comment blames the parents.
 
2011-01-28 11:11:57 AM

MattyFridays: I love how the primary comment blames the parents.


The parents that allowed him to take an express elevator shaft unsupervised? I can see where the commenter is coming from.
 
2011-01-28 11:12:08 AM

TechnoMule: On Sunday, a 2-year-old boy riding an elevator alone


It wasn't riding in the elevator alone that was the problem. It was the attempt to ride in the elevator shaft alone that killed him.
 
2011-01-28 11:12:38 AM
Mackley said it was his understanding that the state is requiring the hotel to make upgrades. Some of the upgrades, such as a restrictor that would have prevented the elevator car doors from opening when the emergency switch was flipped, are not required in state code but will be required for that type of elevator starting in 2013, Mackley said.

Why, exactly, are they suspending the inspectors? "Well, the thing operated as intended and within the rules, but operator error caused an injury. Those inspectors should have stayed in the elevator 24/7 to monitor operations."
 
2011-01-28 11:12:39 AM
He's a complicated man, and no one understands him but his woman.

/Damn right.
 
2011-01-28 11:13:15 AM
Well, you gotta admit it is a big parenting FAIL allowing a two year old to get into an elevator alone... I didn't start sending my kid into elevators alone until he was at least 4!
 
2011-01-28 11:14:16 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: It was the attempt to ride in the elevator shaft alone that killed him.


Actually, he didn't die, he's just been Palinated.
 
2011-01-28 11:14:24 AM
it's stuff to be a boy these days as they seem to be getting the shaft a lot

/what no tip?
 
2011-01-28 11:14:55 AM

serial_crusher: Mackley said it was his understanding that the state is requiring the hotel to make upgrades. Some of the upgrades, such as a restrictor that would have prevented the elevator car doors from opening when the emergency switch was flipped, are not required in state code but will be required for that type of elevator starting in 2013, Mackley said.

Why, exactly, are they suspending the inspectors? "Well, the thing operated as intended and within the rules, but operator error caused an injury. Those inspectors should have stayed in the elevator 24/7 to monitor operations."


symbolic punishment to avoid lawsuit?
 
2011-01-28 11:15:45 AM
When I was growing up, and an onion on your belt was all the rage, my parents encouraged this kind of behavior.

"Here's a quarter if you'll go play in the road."
 
2011-01-28 11:15:51 AM
MINE! My elevator! My elevator! Elevator go up! Elevator go down! Elevator go up! Elevator go down the hole...

/obscure?
 
2011-01-28 11:17:22 AM
that's hard-hitting journalism.
 
2011-01-28 11:17:28 AM
Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.
 
2011-01-28 11:19:03 AM
Also,
i.imgur.com
 
2011-01-28 11:19:40 AM
So this 2 year old managed to hit the emergency stop button, then crawled out of the elevator which was halfway between floors, and then crawled into the elevator shaft and fell down.

He really had to work at getting himself injured.
 
2011-01-28 11:20:18 AM

PirateKing: He's a complicated man, and no one understands him but his woman.

/Damn right.


....apparently, elevators understand him too.

/He's Shaft, and he's one bad mutherfarker
 
2011-01-28 11:21:02 AM
I thought snowflakes fell more gently than that.
 
2011-01-28 11:22:41 AM
I hope his pants get caught and a bloodbath ensues.
 
2011-01-28 11:23:16 AM

2chris2: So this 2 year old managed to hit the emergency stop button, then crawled out of the elevator which was halfway between floors, and then crawled into the elevator shaft and fell down.

He really had to work at getting himself injured.


Yeah, i still fail to see how the inspectors got suspended. the article clearly said the elevator passed it's last inspection, unless they gave it a paper-only inspection and fudged the documents.
 
2011-01-28 11:24:25 AM

CaptainWes: Also,


Link (new window)

Here, you'll need this to complete the package.
 
2011-01-28 11:25:03 AM
Sorry the kid got hurt, but why was he alone on an express elevator? I can't blame the inspectors for this.
 
2011-01-28 11:25:38 AM
Splat.
DUN DUN!

img214.imageshack.us
 
2011-01-28 11:27:32 AM
FTA: "Mackley said it was his understanding that the state is requiring the hotel to make upgrades. Some of the upgrades, such as a restrictor that would have prevented the elevator car doors from opening when the emergency switch was flipped, are not required in state code but will be required for that type of elevator starting in 2013, Mackley said."

It seems to me that making elevator doors impossible to open in an emergency is a really, really bad idea.

/but what do I know, I'm just a troll
//and claustrophobic
 
2011-01-28 11:27:58 AM

buckeyebrain: MINE! My elevator! My elevator! Elevator go up! Elevator go down! Elevator go up! Elevator go down the hole...

/obscure?


Nothing is obscure on Fark, Plucky. I still remember that episode, and I have no idea why.
 
2011-01-28 11:29:32 AM

ihatedumbpeople: Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.


I, personally, blame the older sister. She was probably told to watch him while their mother turned tricks.
 
2011-01-28 11:34:51 AM

ihatedumbpeople: Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.


That's why you do things like lock or chain the door, to deny kids the opportunity to wander away.
 
2011-01-28 11:35:54 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Splat.
DUN DUN!


Whoa, I just lost it laughing at that. Awesome.

also, thanks glitchwerks, that's going to come in handy.
 
2011-01-28 11:39:49 AM
Before this happened, I would have thought that a two year old would not be tall enough to reach the elevator buttons.
 
2011-01-28 11:40:38 AM

Andulamb: I thought snowflakes fell more gently than that.


This guy....

This guy is good.

+1 internets
 
2011-01-28 11:43:05 AM

ihatedumbpeople: Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.


THIS. I have a 2 year old son, I love him dearly, but the little farker be crazy. He has very little fear and will attempt to do anything at least once. Emphasis on attempt.
 
2011-01-28 11:46:16 AM

pestluvr: ihatedumbpeople: Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.

THIS. I have a 2 year old son, I love him dearly, but the little farker be crazy. He has very little fear and will attempt to do anything at least once. Emphasis on attempt.



Parent FAIL. I'm no helicopter parent (kids are 32, 30, 27 now) but if your 2 year old leaves your hotel room without your knowledge YOU are wrong.
 
2011-01-28 11:48:14 AM
cache.gawkerassets.com
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2011-01-28 11:48:21 AM

Chuck Wagon: ihatedumbpeople: Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.

That's why you do things like lock or chain the door, to deny kids the opportunity to wander away.


They will bolt from you and wait for the next elevator!! I don't know how anyone whose 2 year old just bolted from them is expected to catch them waiting at an elevator door.
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2011-01-28 11:50:22 AM

Chuck Wagon: ihatedumbpeople: Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.

That's why you do things like lock or chain the door, to deny kids the opportunity to wander away.


And a leash, body harness, and a cage. Until they are 5, they should be considered hairless monkeys and treated the same.
 
2011-01-28 11:57:42 AM

PghThermal: pestluvr: ihatedumbpeople: Did anyone read the article?

The parents didn't ALLOW him to sneak off and ride the elevator. not saying the parents are awesome or anything, but kids that age will bolt the second they have an opportunity.

THIS. I have a 2 year old son, I love him dearly, but the little farker be crazy. He has very little fear and will attempt to do anything at least once. Emphasis on attempt.


Parent FAIL. I'm no helicopter parent (kids are 32, 30, 27 now) but if your 2 year old leaves your hotel room without your knowledge YOU are wrong.


Hey asshole, I DON'T let my son do stuff like that. I said he ATTEMPTS to, but I don't let him follow through. So take your "fail" elsewhere.
 
2011-01-28 12:01:43 PM
Mom gets the goldmine, kid gets the shaft.
 
2011-01-28 12:02:18 PM
!!! drummer Jerry Fuchs understands how this could happen.
 
2011-01-28 12:06:40 PM
Take the elevator they said.
It's safer than the stairs they said.
 
2011-01-28 12:06:46 PM
I can't be the first one to point out that that story shares a page with one awesome (unrelated) mugshot:
www.chicagotribune.com

I'm going to say he's 28 years old - who's with me?
 
2011-01-28 12:16:12 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

This is nothing to laugh at!
 
2011-01-28 12:18:15 PM

The guy who is trolling you right now:
It seems to me that making elevator doors impossible to open in an emergency is a really, really bad idea.


These days, generally speaking, elevators have no trapdoor, no working "open door" button, etc. All to prevent you getting out unless the elevator is "working". And it can decide it needs to shut down and seal you inside it's protective embrace for many reasons. This is because the general public are dumbasses and will more likely injure themselves than self-rescue. What happens when you crawl out and the thing starts up? Squish. Me, I don't like riding in elevators unless it's an insane distance I take the stairs.

Nova did a whole episode about 'em:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/trapped-elevator.html

Pretty dull ep but I did learn 2 things:
1) Close door buttons are usually non-functional and just there to make you feel like you have control you do not.
2) The phone (if working) connects to a call center not anything local.
 
2011-01-28 12:20:22 PM

gito: I can't be the first one to point out that that story shares a page with one awesome (unrelated) mugshot:


I'm going to say he's 28 years old - who's with me?


I submitted his story earlier this week. Sadly, it wasn't greenlit.
 
2011-01-28 12:39:00 PM
buckeybrain

I loved Plucky! Yes i remember the episode or two where he did the toilet paper down the hole. I remember it b/c i didn't bother filling my brain with useless facts, or learning anything new since the age of 12.
 
2011-01-28 12:41:02 PM
not a fan of elevators either...

/complete TV bullshiat - elevator's don't work that way
 
2011-01-28 12:44:29 PM

pestluvr: THIS. I have a 2 year old son, I love him dearly, but the little farker be crazy. He has very little fear and will attempt to do anything at least once. Emphasis on attempt.


No kidding, I have a friend with a two year old as well. This crazy kid bolted right out the front door, completely naked, and hurled himself into a snowbank when she opened the door for the UPS guy.

She said the look on the kid's face right before he started howling because, well, he was naked in a pile of snow, was priceless.

Toddlers are weird.
 
2011-01-28 12:46:04 PM

serial_crusher:

Why, exactly, are they suspending the inspectors? "Well, the thing operated as intended and within the rules, but operator error caused an injury. Those inspectors should have stayed in the elevator 24/7 to monitor operations."


Because it looks good to John Q Public. Meanwhile they're still getting their union-protected wages and all, even if they're cleaning toilets.
 
2011-01-28 12:56:17 PM
namedropacid.com

Approves

/hot
 
2011-01-28 01:06:25 PM
I would like to Federal: Bureau of Investigation
 
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