In USA Today,
there is a report of a man trapped overnight in a lift due to nonpayment of a phone bill. The man was working in a government building over the weekend, went to the lift which broke down and he became stuck. The emergency phone did not work because the phone bill had not been paid. And the emergency bell wasn't much good since there was no one in the building to hear it. He eventually got out when a cleanign crew arrived
Not a great way to spend the evening. But it does drive home the importance of paying your bills on time. As it turns out, the phone company appears partly at fault as they sent the bill to the wrong place.