|Eddy Packman shows how close he came|
to wetting his pants while stuck on
According to department store officials, there were about ten other shoppers also trapped when the escalator came to a halt, but everyone remained calm, avoiding a panic situation. Those ten, eight women and two children were close to the bottom and able to make their way off the escalator. Packman however was about two thirds of the way up and told store personnel he suffers from Acrophobia, a fear of heights. A repair service was called as Packman stood, eyes closed and gripping the rubber hand railings.
About forty-five minutes later an escalator repair service arrived and began working on the problem. After an hour and a half the escalator was still broken and due to Packman hyper-ventilating, the fire department was called. "We didn't want the guy to end up falling down the stairs." store manager Oral Dickson was quoted as saying. "He was sweating and white with fright!"
Bridgeport Fire Station #3 arrived in ten minutes and had Packman back on the main floor in no time, where his wife greeted him with a big hug. He immediately went to the restroom and after fifteen minutes, the couple quickly made their way out of the store avoiding the press, who had gathered to interview Packman.
At last report the escalator is repaired and working once again.