This past Monday at work I took one of our newer workers (Fred) with me on an appointment to a company that sold Luxary Units in a high rise office building in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
Boarding the elevator I pushed the 27th floor button and Fred seemed fine with it.
But when the elevator door opened on the 27th floor corridor, the windows were floor to ceiling right beside the elevators. Fred looked out the windows and imediately took a dive on the floor, face down. I thought he was joking but his face turned red and his fingers were clutching the carpet.
When I figured out it was his fear of heights, I dragged him around into the hallway away from the windows.
After a bit he was okay and so we walked down the hallway to the Office where our meeting was. The gentleman opened the door and when Fred and I walked in, you could see the windows and how high we were. Fred immediately rushed back out into the hallway. So I let him stay out there while I conducted the business I had come for. Maybe 15 minutes.
As I left, Fred had regained some composer and I figured we'd leave and all would be well. Not so.
When we got back to the elevator corridor, Fred would not turn the corner in view of the windows.
I told him I'd call for the elevator and when it came, he could take just a few quick steps and be in the elevator. He wouldn't. Plus he was getting anxious again.
I called my boss and explained the whole situation. We ended up calling a Doctor who came and gave Fred a shot to calm his nerves.
As Fred, the Doctor, a House Detective and I managed to get back on the elevator and back to the Lobby, Fred was taken by Ambulance to the Hospital.
Coming down the elevator Fred was mumbling about jumping off the top of the building. Scary. Very very scary.
He doesn't work for us anymore. I think he'll get Employment payments or maybe Workman's Comp.
I've never ever seen anything quite like that. Have any of you?