Pressing your elevator’s door close button incessantly might make you look like a bad neighbor, and chances are, it’s not even helping you get to your destination any faster.
An earth-shattering New York Times piece examines a number of things in our world that appear to have a purpose but actually mean nothing, including that familiar button.
Karen W. Penafiel, executive director of National Elevator Industry Inc., explained to the Times that the door close function is now largely a thing of the past, thanks to legislation passed in the ‘90s.
Once the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed, it was required that “elevator doors remain open long enough for anyone who uses crutches, a cane or wheelchair to get on board,” she said. The Times adds that “firefighters and maintenance workers who have the proper keys or codes” can still activate the function.
The ruling makes complete sense, but we can’t help but feel a little bit lied to by our beloved elevators. Head to the New York Times to see more and excuse us while we resist the urge to keep pushing.