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I’m always in a hurry and most of the time, to a fault. And sometimes when I’m in a hotel, I’m not only in a hurry to get to my room but I’m not completely paying attention. When that happens, I’ve occasionally pushed the wrong floor in the elevator. Most of the time, it was for the floor I was staying on at my previous hotel.

Elevators in Asia allow you to deselect the floor you've pressed.In fact, I just did this a couple of months ago when we were staying at Hotel Dena in Pasadena for my wife’s oath ceremony as she became a U.S. citizen. Our room was at the very end of the hallway, which is saying something because the hotel has to be in the running for the longest hotel hallway in the world. The worst part is that my son really had to go to the bathroom, so bad in fact that he didn’t think he was going to make it. I talked him out of using the public restroom in the lobby for obvious reasons and because he takes way too long. Well, you should have seen his face when our room key didn’t work … because we were on the wrong floor. It wasn’t funny at the time but looking back, it gives our whole family a chuckle.

For this reason, I wished our hotel had the kind of elevators where each floor requires a keycard to gain access the floor you’re staying on, not just access to any floor. It’s a nuisance but it’s more secure and would prevent mistakes like this. Usually when I do press the wrong floor, I realize it immediately but once you press it, you’re out of luck.

I recently came across a post on social media with this caption: “One of the most pleasant surprises about moving to Asia was finding out that you can de-select elevator buttons. This kind of Star Trek technology would’ve blown my mind back in the day in Canada. Can you do that now in Western countries?” In the embedded video below, you can see that if you press the wrong button, all you have to do is press the button again and it will de-select. It’s so simple but brilliant.


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I’ve been to Asia many times but not since the pandemic so I’m not sure if this is just a one-off or it’s now standard but — seriously, why can’t all elevators do this?

While, we’re talking about elevator tips one that is related is another stupid mistake I sometimes make because I’m often in a hurry. Sometimes if an elevator stops at a floor and nobody is there because they probably got sick and tired of waiting for it so they took the stairs and I’m not paying attention I get off thinking it’s my floor. By the time I realize I’m on the wrong floor, the elevator doors have already closed and then I’m stuck waiting for the next one, which could be a while if there’s a huge conference taking place. That’s why I try to remember to always look at the side of the elevators doors before exiting to make sure it’s my floor.


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