26 Cheerleaders Squeeze into Elevator

Police responded to an emergency call to find 26 cheerleaders stuffed inside an elevator:

The group of 14- to 17-year-olds was inspired to test an elevator’s maximum capacity while attending cheerleading camp at the university, The Dallas Morning News reported. When the elevator stalled en route from the fourth to the first floor, several girls panicked. The girls “managed to wiggle a few cell phones free to call for help,” the paper reported. Police and fire crew responded, but it took an elevator repairman 25 minutes to extricate the squad.

The fad of telephone booth stuffing (which this stunt evidently was inspired by) peaked in 1959 in the States. It was followed a few years later by a fad for stuffing people into Volkswagens. (Info from the Bad Fads Museum.) I didn't know kids today still did stuff like that. They're lucky it didn't end up as a case file on the Darwin Awards.


Posted on Mon Aug 11, 2008


On my very first day ever as a college student, we stuffed about that many people in an elevator at a hotel near campus. We took it down to the basement. It reached the bottom and then promptly dropped another 1.5 feet. We had to pry the doors open and climb out. Luckily we made it back to our rooms (by the stairs of course) before the hotel figured out it was us.
Posted by Razela  on  Tue Aug 12, 2008  at  12:15 AM
*sigh* It's the feel-good news story of the summer (even though it's winter here) 😊
Posted by kat  on  Tue Aug 12, 2008  at  03:16 AM
*must not comment inapproriately*

/Hansen, seat, thinking?
Posted by oppiejoe  on  Tue Aug 12, 2008  at  09:57 AM
Yes, kids still stuff themselves into all sorts of things - occasionally with disastroush consequences.

Posted by Vern  on  Tue Aug 12, 2008  at  10:18 AM
This sounds like every dream I ever had as a teenager...
Posted by Vitajex  on  Tue Aug 12, 2008  at  11:09 AM
Heh, I've seen things close enough to that often enough with elevators in busy buildings at shift change. The elevator doors open, and five-hundred people charge for it. Which is one reason why I prefer to take the stairs.

Although I did once manage to drive a Hyundai Accent with 15 passengers. I wouldn't want to do that any more than is necessary, though.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Aug 12, 2008  at  06:08 PM
I once stuffed 26 cheerleaders, but it took me all summer. And they were much older, all of legal age of consent. Just in case you were wondering, you sick bastards
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Aug 12, 2008  at  10:31 PM
> They're lucky it didn't end up as a case file on the Darwin Awards.

HEY, it's early, they're young.

Give 'em time, they'll make it, still.

Posted by Oloodyhell  on  Thu Aug 14, 2008  at  01:00 AM
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