The post, from user Olivia Crump (@foodbattle2008), is just the latest in a long line of viral videos centered on strange apartment features. In the past, TikTokers have shared a New York apartment with a “nauseating” hallway, a college living space with “secret caves” inside and an apartment that allegedly had “moving” chairs in its backyard.
Thankfully, Crump’s fiasco was only temporary. As she explained in her video’s comment section, her building’s management “removed” the stairs for several hours, seemingly for some kind of repair.
“When your apartment removes the stairs without warning and you’re stuck for hours,” she captioned the post.
In the short video, Crump shows a full flight missing from her building’s outdoor stairwell. In the comments, she claimed this was the only way to exit her complex.
Many commenters were stunned by the situation. Some accused Crump of lying about it being the only stairwell.
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“Most buildings in the U.S. need two exits,” one user wrote. “I’m gonna say this is a joke.”
However, others seemed to stick with Crump’s story, sharing her outrage.
“That is crazy unsafe,” one user wrote.
“That doesn’t seem safe,” another agreed.
“Call the fire marshall,” another suggested.
Others pointed out a much more serious issue — accessibility. As many noted, the staircase’s removal could be a serious problem for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility.
“I’m in a wheelchair,” one commenter shared. “And one time my university removed the sidewalk to the only entrance to the building w an elevator and put a 5-foot trench there.”
It remains unclear how long Crump’s staircase stayed that way or whether there was any other sort of way out of the complex. Either way, it makes for some pretty wild footage.
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