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Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?  
User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3206 posts, RR: 9
Posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

There are those who press the button for the walk sign over and over and over again. Are you one of those?


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20789 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1723 times:

No. I let others stand there at the crosswalk looking ridiculous.  


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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

annoys me, especially the cross walk signals that emit a sound when you push it.,

2nd peeve of the afternoon: Those who push the door "Close" button while getting on an elevator, (it doesn't close any faster lol)


User currently offlineFaddyPainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

Yes I usually press it repeatedly in an impatient fashion and then just cross anyway on red when no cars are coming. They take way too long to change anyway.

Also in the UK at least there is a strange spinny thing on the bottom of crossing buttons which I have no idea as to its purpose.

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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3206 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

Truth is, if crosswalk buttons lit up when prepared (some do), obsessive pressures would likely only press once.

I think people press a lot because they don't believe it "registers."

We only press the elevator button once because it light up. We press the "door close" over and over becausebitcdoesnt light up.



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User currently offlineFaddyPainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

I still press multiple times even though they do light up with a big "WAIT" here when pressed. It is a small way I can release some inner annoyance and sense of urgency at the inconvenience of having to stop and wait when I am happily powerwalking along my route.  

Also I don't like to think about the hygiene of pressing such buttons. Do you think they are ever cleaned?

[Edited 2013-02-05 18:48:25]

User currently offlinehoMsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

Some people press the elevator buttons multiple times, even when it is lit up (I'm not one of them).

People press the "door close" button repeatedly because they don't actually understand what it's for, and think it makes the doors close faster. There's no point in having it light up, because it doesn't do anything either way.

I do agree with having the crosswalk button light up so you know it has already been pressed.

In fact, crosswalk buttons in general annoy me when they're tied to a normal traffic light sequence. Just let the walk signal change normally, and stop being so anti-pedestrian.



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User currently offlineFaddyPainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

Quoting hoMsar (Reply 6):
People press the "door close" button repeatedly because they don't actually understand what it's for, and think it makes the doors close faster. There's no point in having it light up, because it doesn't do anything either way.

Curious, what is it meant for then?

The lift/elevator in my flat doesn't even have one, only a "hold the doors open" one.


User currently offlinehoMsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

The door close button in modern elevators is for manual operation in case of an emergency. Since the vast majority of the time these elevators are in automatic mode, those buttons don't do anything.

This confuses people because some older elevators actually do have their doors close a bit faster when the door close button is pressed (they might close automatically after 4 or 5 seconds, but if you press the door close button, they close right away).

For some elevators, the "door close" button works to cancel the "door open" button, which will hold the doors open on a given floor.



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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3206 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

Speaking of elevators, there was a new brilliant (not) idea a few years ago to create "smart" elevators.

Rather than pressing your floor on the inside, you would press your floor outside the elevator and you would be assigned an elevator number. Theory was that the computer would send an elevator for those going to similar floors.

Problem is that if you are at a convention, you are likely schmoozing with people in the elevator lobby. You them get on he elevator to discover there are no buttons to push!



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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3206 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

I also am amused by the panel in the elevator that says:

In case of emergency, don't be alarmed. Just press the alarm button.



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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

Quoting hoMsar (Reply 8):
This confuses people because some older elevators actually do have their doors close a bit faster when the door close button is pressed (they might close automatically after 4 or 5 seconds, but if you press the door close button, they close right away).

Rather than trying to assess the age of the elevator I will continue to press the door close button. I'm sure not every elevator operates/is programmed the same...I'm sure there are some new elevators out there where the door close button can be used to speed up the closing of the doors.

I was at T5 at LHR a few months ago and the floor buttons aren't operational - the elevator was programmed to go a set way, up to departures then back down to arrivals then back to the tube station.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21803 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

Unless the street in question is really busy, I don't bother pressing the buttons at all. It's almost always faster to just wait for a gap in the traffic and then cross the street. It also saves the drivers from having to needlessly stop after I'm already on the other side of the street.

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 2):
2nd peeve of the afternoon: Those who push the door "Close" button while getting on an elevator, (it doesn't close any faster lol)

It actually does in the elevator in my building, so I always end up pushing it no matter what elevator I'm in. I'm not doing any damager. What does bother me, though, is the people who push both the up and the down buttons when waiting for an elevator - that doesn't help, and it does hurt.

-Mir



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User currently offlineaf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2707 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

I don't press the crosswalk button over and over because I know it won't help. At most intersections where I live you have to wait a whole traffic cycle before the walk signal turns on whether you press the walk signal once or a bunch of times. I like the signals in downtown areas where the walk signal turns on automatically and you don't need to press the crosswalk button.


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User currently offlinecmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

Quoting zrs70 (Thread starter):
There are those who press the button for the walk sign over and over and over again. Are you one of those?

Absolutely, once per road I cross... Have no problem crossing on red if I'm alone but I very often walk with small kids and then need the time you get on the green light. Also, most lights here only turn green if you press the button. A problem since they often break.

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 9):
You them get on he elevator to discover there are no buttons to push!

That process can speed up the process a lot if people could learn it. But I'm sure it takes a generation.

Quoting bristolflyer (Reply 11):
.I'm sure there are some new elevators out there where the door close button can be used to speed up the closing of the doors.

There are. doesn't take long to learn if they are or not.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1626 times:
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Quoting zrs70 (Reply 4):
I think people press a lot because they don't believe it "registers."

I used to hate it when people pressed crosswalk buttons repeatedly. Then one day on my usual cross at an intersection on my way to work, I pressed the button (or at least thought I did) and the signals bypassed my turn to walk. The others who walked up after me were not amused.

Since then, to make sure it registers I will press it when I get there, and again one or two more times as the light sequence approaches my turn to cross. Even if someone got there before me, I will never assume they pushed it. I've been burned that way, too.



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User currently offlineFaddyPainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

Is Jaywalking particularly frowned upon in the US? There is no such thing here and it strikes me as an odd offence. Running out in front of cars is obviously stupid and likely to be much more detrimental to you rather than the driver, but is just crossing on red when there is no traffic considered jaywalking?

User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 2822 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
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I always hit it three time. Once to activate it, twice because I'm impatient, and a third time because I worry the second cancelled out the first. It's about as close to the definition of insanity that you can get, but it's just one of my many quirks.
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User currently offlinehoMsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Quoting FaddyPainter (Reply 16):
Is Jaywalking particularly frowned upon in the US? There is no such thing here and it strikes me as an odd offence. Running out in front of cars is obviously stupid and likely to be much more detrimental to you rather than the driver, but is just crossing on red when there is no traffic considered jaywalking?

Technically, yes. But it's probably one of the least-enforced laws out there.

That said, I did know someone who was once ticketed for jaywalking because the "don't walk" sign had started flashing before she entered the intersection. I think that's called "a cop needing to make quota" or whatever it is that cops will deny is ever the case.



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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Funny thread. Regarding elevator 'door close' buttons, I only use it as an "I'm sorry" message when I get on an elevator and there is a C-level exec late to his meeting, pissed that I stopped him. Mashing the "door close" is a subliminal "I'm sorry. Didn't know you were on here, but here, let me help us get on our way faster". Although, for all I know, he's thinking "dude. those buttons don't work. I'm going to find out who you are and tell your manager you're a dumbass"

On a side note, I once held the door close button while riding the elevator to see what would happen (I was the only one in the elevator). Somebody had pressed the elevator call button on a floor, and as the elevator stopped, the doors opened then immediately shut before the person got on, even before the doors were fully open. I got a chuckle out of that... but haven't been able to reproduce it.



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User currently offlineFaddyPainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

How much is the ticket for J-walking?

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 19):
Somebody had pressed the elevator call button on a floor, and as the elevator stopped, the doors opened then immediately shut before the person got on, even before the doors were fully open.

LOL I can just imagine that persons face for a brief second before the doors shut....

[Edited 2013-02-05 19:39:38]

[Edited 2013-02-05 19:40:08]

User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 17):
I always hit it three time. Once to activate it, twice because I'm impatient, and a third time because I worry the second cancelled out the first. It's about as close to the definition of insanity that you can get, but it's just one of my many quirks.


  

Hilarious. What happens if you lose count? Walk around the block and try again?



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User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I am probably the most obnoxious person there is when it comes to pressing cross walk buttons, so much so that my girlfriend won't even stand near me when we're at a cross walk. I try to press the button as many times as possible, I once heard that if you press it 100 times that it'll change right away, so that is what I try to do, no matter if it lights up, or if it beeps, I will keep pressing that button.


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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

I prefer to yell DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?? at it.


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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 2822 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
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Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 21):
Hilarious. What happens if you lose count? Walk around the block and try again?

Well of course I would have to! Kidding of course. I would just wait a second and then do another burst of three. I'm not sure why I do it, but I just always have.
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25 FlyDeltaJets : Some elevators close the door right away. The one in my building does.
26 DocLightning : Yup. Elevator buttons, too. It's illogical and nonsensical. Deal with it.
27 1337Delta764 : Actually, on KONE's current KSS series of fixtures, the Door Open and Door Close buttons actually do light up, at least when held. Some elevators are
28 moose135 : Not in Manhattan...it's more of an Olympic-level sport. You can always tell the out-of-towners - crowded on the street corner, waiting for the "Walk"
29 DocLightning : Oh, really? Then what's with the perfectly fit young people who slowly saunter across an intersection when the light is green? Amazing how the exact
30 Post contains images Doona : Second method is as likely to work as the first. Cheers Mats
31 hoMsar : I don't know, but it would definitely vary from municipality to municipality.
32 moose135 : I agree with you on that, Doc! Sometimes I wonder how some people don't fall over from moving so slowly, but many of us know how to do it well.
33 RussianJet : I do not press the crossing button repeatedly. I may be nuts, but I'm not stupid. There's no point - and in the UK it lights upu like a Christmas tree
34 1337Delta764 : In a few places in the US, I have seen some crosswalks with a vibrating button, red LED to indicate when pressed, and audible beeps to indicate cross
35 Ken777 : I'm generally pretty good with the crosswalk buttons. I'll double tap when there is no feedback. Where I have done the multiple taps is after surgery
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