|Don't touch it!|
The other day, I shared an elevator with a coworker on my way to the basement parking lot. I punched the B1 button and she, the 1 button. Right after that, she pressed the black button on the bottom right. It was the "Door Close" button of the elevator.
I told my coworker, "You know what? I don't think I have ever pressed that button." She replied, "Oh, I press it all the time. I'm pretty impatient by nature." As soon as we got to the first floor, she uttered a quick goodbye and zoomed right out. I let the door close of its own accord.
When I got to the basement, I took a glance at the "Door Close" button. Right next to it was the "Door Open" button which, I presume, is for keeping the door open for other people. This button, I understand. I've used it on several occasions for people trying to squeeze in before the door closes.
But what about the "Close" button? What is it for? The door would close automatically if you wait a few seconds. In the few extra seconds before the door closes, someone else might be able to board the elevator. That someone else may be an elderly person, or someone with a disability.
Why are we in such a hurry? Isn't the speed of the elevator fast enough, compared to taking the stairs? What difference would waiting for a few seconds for the door to close make?
Life is so short. Okinawa is such a small island. Why don't we take it slow and lay off the "Door Close" button?