Another Note on Elevator Close Buttons
Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip is a footnote on Tuesday’s tip, in which I reminded everyone to hit the close button in a crowded elevator—to potentially save time, but also to appease the other riders if you’re the one by the buttons. Well, as reader Liane (thanks, Liane!) made sure to add:
“When people are aware the close door button has no function they don’t bother to push it. Only people who don’t know it is not functional will actually push the button. It isn’t that people are being rude or inconsiderate. They simply don’t push the button because they understand it has no impact and is pointless…This is true in hotels, malls, office buildings and any place with an elevator. Only in places like a hospital will the button actually work. In a medical emergency when you need to go quickly the button is functional. It is up to the building owner to decide whether or not the button will function.”
The New York Times and the Consumerist, among others, have even written about this. It’s interesting to me to hear that many close buttons don’t work. I didn’t know this! Did you? What has your experience been?
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