View Full Version : Bad Timing

05-04-2005, 18:42:26
Should have happened on the way up:

A deliveryman missing since Friday night, when he dropped off three dinners in a Bronx apartment building, was rescued this morning from a stuck elevator car where he had been trapped for more than three days, the police said.

The deliveryman, Ming Kuang Chen, 35, was in stable condition today at Montefiore Medical Center, where he was being treated for dehydration. The police said they were awaiting a Mandarin-speaking translator to arrive at his room so they could begin questioning him.

Mr. Chen's co-workers at the Happy Dragon restaurant told the authorities that he left at 8:30 p.m. Friday with three deliveries, all of which he completed. When he did not return to the restaurant, where he has worked since arriving in the United States about two years ago, co-workers began looking for him, but found only his bicycle, chained in front of Tracey Towers on West Mosholu Parkway.

For three days, the police searched in and around the building, going door to door to the 871 apartments and taking bloodhounds and cadaver-detecting dogs into nearby Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetery. Officers also searched the waters of the Jerome Park Reservoir.

Mr. Chen was discovered in Tracey Towers this morning after setting off an alarm in the elevator at 5 a.m., the police said. He was later able to contact someone in the building through an intercom in the elevator, a Fire Department spokesman said. It was unclear whether he had tried to sound the alarm earlier and it had malfunctioned.

The car was stuck between the fourth and fifth floors of an express elevator that does not stop between the 2nd and 21st floors of the tower, the Fire Department spokesman, Charlie Markey, said. Firefighters, with the help of an elevator mechanic, were able to bring the car to the ground floor with an override key, the spokesman said.

Mr. Chen was then able to walk out of the elevator on his own, and quickly gulped down a bottle of water someone handed him, the spokesman said.

Mr. Chen speaks little English. In an apparent effort to tell his rescuers how long he had been trapped, he pointed to his watch and swirled his finger repeatedly around the dial, the police said.

Mr. Chen is reported to be from the coastal Fuzhou region of Fujian Province in southeastern China, where his wife and 12-year-old son live. His family told the police that he had entered the United States illegally and paid off a $60,000 fee to the people who smuggled him in, the police said. He has worked six days a week at Happy Dragon, making about 40 deliveries a day on weekdays and as many as 60 on weekends. His last delivery was to an off-duty police officer who lives in Tracey Towers, the police said.

Not too sure that boldtyped part is gonna be too good, either.

From today's NYTimes Article link (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/05/nyregion/06deliverycnd.html?hp&ex=1112760000&en=2343a8643a35d3ff&ei=5094&partner=homepage)

05-04-2005, 18:44:13
At least if he hadn;t delivered the pizzas he could eat them at the elevator waiting

05-04-2005, 18:45:27

05-04-2005, 18:46:16
Isn't that an illegal smilie?

05-04-2005, 18:48:51
Nope. But this one is: :funko:

05-04-2005, 18:50:13
Originally posted by paiktis22
Isn't that an illegal smilie?

:lol: Not in this case.

05-04-2005, 18:54:17

06-04-2005, 11:36:36
:lol: I must say I didn't read lurker's initial comment either, until just now.

06-04-2005, 16:28:11
goddammit read what I write. You'll be a better person for it.

06-04-2005, 16:39:05
Or not. Paiktis' comment and your reaction wouldn't have been as entertaining.

06-04-2005, 16:47:09
Yeah but if you didn't read what I wrote you wouldn't have understood that.

Greg W
07-04-2005, 00:39:22
Hmm, so Patikis gets an honourable nomination for retarded goink of the week. :lol: