Hong Kong culture

We press the ‘door close’ button to save you time, you’re welcome

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 5:30pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 5:30pm

Stephen Hughes’ logic in his July 27 letter, “What is it about the ‘door close’ button in lifts?”, is clearly that the button is there not to be used, in order to show courtesy to everyone else.

And then to lump the pressing of the “door close” button with the failure to offer seats to the elderly? How incongruous to equate the two.

Surely, someone who is in a position to press that button stands idly by and does not push it – waiting instead for the programmed time to elapse before the door closes automatically – would be cursed for being too lazy to save everybody in the lift a few seconds. No, the button is there to be pushed, to save busy people many seconds at a time.

But there is another local practice that is certainly mindless and more annoying – that of pushing both the up and down call buttons for lifts. This causes the lift to stop unnecessarily on the upwards run when the demand is to go down, and vice versa. The Singaporeans and the Japanese certainly don’t do it.

Peter Lok, Heng Fa Chuen