New York Times “Hold the elevator for me forever.”

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21 Mar New York Times “Hold the elevator for me forever.”

THE last time Jan Neufeld rode in an elevator was in 1993. “I hated it and swore never to do it again,” she said. And the last time before that? She’s not sure. Maybe during the Carter administration.

“My elevator phobia is so severe that I don’t even want to try to overcome it,” said Ms. Neufeld, a freelance court transcriber who works out of her home (a second-floor apartment) in Kew Gardens, Queens. “Frankly, I think people who use elevators are crazy.”

There are no statistics on the number of people who are elevator phobic, but it is a problem that afflicts working people across the nation, and not just in major vertical metropolises like New York and Chicago. More..