Man trapped in elevator resists urge to shit

Monday April 21, 2008

It was longest cigarette break of Nicholas White’s life.
The 34-year-old New York production manager was working late one Friday night in October when he went outside for a smoke.

He was returning to his office on the 39th floor when the elevator stopped abruptly between floors. White pressed the alarm, letting it ring and ring. But at 11 p.m. the building was deserted, and it would be nearly two days before White was rescued.

“After a certain amount of time I knew I was in big trouble,” White told The Real Truth in an exclusive interview.

He had no watch, no cell phone, no food or water. His only sustenance was a pack of Rolaids.

“Rolaids aren’t a very good meal,” White said.

The the most difficult part of the ordeal, he said, was going 41 hours without having a bowel movement. At one point, White thought he might die.

“I opened the doors and pissed down the elevator shaft, but at the moment of truth, I just couldn’t crap. And you know how bad you have to go after a smoke. Taking big, steamy dumps is half the fun of smoking cigarettes.”

“Really, what it came down to, I just couldn’t imagine shitting without toilet paper.”