This happened years ago and I’m surprised I never got around to telling this story before.
I once got into an elevator at View Towers that was really packed, so much so that I couldn’t reach the elevator buttons. I asked someone to press 2. Instead she pressed 12, as I realized as we went past 2. I pointed out that we were going past the floor. She laughed and went on for a bit about how she thought I had said “douze”. Why she thought I was asking for a number in French I have no idea. I noticed that while she was having a good laugh at her own expense (a healthy attitude for anyone to have to be sure), she was doing nothing to correct her mistake. That I might still want out didn’t seem to occur to her. Finally, still unable to reach the buttons myself, I said, “Press. The nearest. Floor.” That finally spurred her to press 6. I finally made it out, relieved to get out of the packed elevator and once again in control of my destiny, or at least the next few minutes of it!