Usually I don't get people who press the door close button. It's a known fact that most of the time, it does absolutely nothing (either it is not hooked up to anything or it only works to speed up closing after someone has pressed the door open button).
But I recently started going to a new dentist and noticed that the elevators in their building stay open forever. They just sit there open and get packed full of people until they get full and eventually close. The last time I was in, it was getting pretty full so I tried the door close button--it worked right away but the doors had already been open for a bit so I figured it was just chance.
This morning I got into the elevator, pressed the button for my floor followed by the door close button, and, much to my surprise, the doors immediately closed behind me!
Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
On a related note, in the building where I work, they've recently made the doors with the buttons for handicapped people more resistant to pushing and pulling. I can't imagine why they'd do that except to encourage people to push the damn button. (Seriously, you've got to push hard if you want to open the doors the traditional way.) I go ahead and push the door open irregardless. Before too long, though, we're going to live in a world where children won't believe that people used to push and pull doors open.
I find a lot of them to be like this...the motor has a lot of resistance in it which makes pushing the door hard. The worst part is that when you push them, most of them say "hey, somebody is trying to open the door" and they start to open for you. Of course they open slower than you can push so you still have to push it open...but then it stands there fully open for 30 seconds after you pushed it.