I remember it as a whimsical story, in which a naughty child pushes all the elevator button and it takes the child to "hell" as punishment. Because of this, I apologize to elevators whenever I make a mistake and wind up pushing multiple superfluous buttons.

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    Should we make this a [feature-request] to Otis, do you think? Apr 1 '14 at 17:27
  • I wrote a story similar to that while I was in high school. The elevator took you to different levels of hell, sort of like Dante's Inferno. It was a terrible story. Apr 1 '14 at 17:31
  • Funny, gentlemen!
    – Lisa
    Apr 1 '14 at 17:38
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    The elevator in xkcd.com/288 could probably take you to hell. See also xkcd.com/1330 which is not an elevator but might take you to hell.
    – b_jonas
    Apr 1 '14 at 20:42

Wow, this stuck in my head for more than thirty years... have a look at this story: Josie and the Elevator, from the May 1980 edition of Omni magazine.


Spoilt girl, prone to outbursts of temper, is taken to a sort of hell which is a corrupted version of her own life, after damaging the most precious possession of a sentient elevator in her apartment complex.

She spends many years in hell without recollection of her former life, and finally returns to Earth after getting a chance to make amends with the elevator.

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