Geri: Oh, I can't believe what happed to me. It was terrible! I don't want to go through that again, thank you!
Josh: Have you never been stuck in a lift before? It happens to most people at some point. It's nothing.
Geri: Once before, when I was about five but my mum and dad were with me so I wasn't scared at all. This was really different.
Josh: Where were you?
Geri: At work. And the silly thing is I was only going up one floor so I could have easily taken the stairs. Anyway, a few seconds after it had set off, the lift shock a bit and came to a stop. There was one other person in the lift. Jenny from the accounts department. I can't stand her because she's such a gossip and usually I try to avoid her as much as I can.
Josh: Good for you!
Geri: Just my luck to get stuck in a lift with her. We didn't speak for a while but when it was obvious the lift wasn't going to set off again away she started talking. I didn't say a word. She was panicking a bit. She pressed the alarm button. But nothing happened. So we just stood there staring at each other, and she just talked and didn’t stop. I could tell she was getting worried from the tone of her voice. Anyway, after about five minutes a voice came over the little speaker button and told us the problem would be sorted out in a minute and the lift would start. In fact it was ten minutes before we set off again. We both sat down on the floor, and Jenny just went on and on. I was so relieved when the lift started up again and I could get out on the next floor.
Josh: Did anyone tell you what had gone wrong?
Geri: I didn't wait to find out. I just walked away and got on with what I was doing.
Josh: Well, I've got a story to tell you about getting stuck as well. It was my brother's birthday last Friday and we'd booked a long weekend trip to Bangkok. I'd been there a couple of times before, but this was my bro's first visit. The flight was great, quite quick and comfortable. We got through immigration at Bangkok airport with no waiting or problems. It can be bad there. Last time it took me over an hour to get through! We got a taxi into the city centre, and then wham! Straight into a traffic jam. The traffic in Bangkok can be horrendous. We were stuck in that taxi without moving for an hour and a half. There was no aircon, and we had nothing to drink. We were both absolutely exhausted when we got to the hotel.
Geri: Poor you! I've got an even worse story about getting stuck. You’ll a laugh at this one. Last Monday I had the morning off and decided to go shopping. I wanted to buy a pair of shoes. I got there early, just as the shops were opening. I got the shoes I wanted, had a coffee and then went to the restroom. And guess what? I got stuckin a toilet! The handle came off in my hand the second I closed the door. There was no way I could get it open again. I banged and banged but there was no one around. I was stuck there for ten minutes before someone else came in and heard me shouting for help. The woman who'd come in went to get a security guy and he managed to push the door in from outside and let me out! Getting stuck in a lift and a toilet in one week. It certainly hasn't been my week!