Elevator hack November 4, 2011 Does this work? Thanks sg To Share click →FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditTumblrWhatsAppEmailPrint
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Urban legend. It ony works if you have an “Independant Service” key. An elevator that would work like this on automatic would be a violation of safety codes. 35 years as an elevator tech qualifies me to make this statement.
I don’t think they hook that close door button to anything. It is just there to keep people busy.
if its on the net it must be true
This works. I have used it a bunch of times when I was delivering to buildings. I am on a time limit and waiting around sucks. I only did it if I was the only one in there, but it works.
Scott, see Roger above. You may not have stopped at other floors when you did this, but that just means no one else wanted to use the elevator at that time.
What’s up with the missing floor buttons? There is a 13, but no 4, 14, or 24…
Yeah, that is weird…. usually there’s no 13
Those could be secure floors or ones that are employees only so accessible from the employee elevator.
I’ve never been in a building that had a 13th floor out here…it’s because of bad luck, nobody ever wants to stay on the 13th floor. Not sure about 4, 14 or 24 though, that’s weird.
IIRC, the Japanese see 4 as an unlucky number and don’t use it in their buildings, same as a lot of US buildings don’t have a 13th floor.
It’s probable a lift in Hong Kong. Cantonese people believe the number 4 to be an inauspicious number because of the way it sounds. To put it in word from, it is “Si” and it sounds the same as dying/death. That why cantonese or most chinese believe the number 4 to be an inauspicious number.
asian superstition. no number 4 = sound like dead.
Chinese superstition based on a pun since 4 sounds like death in Chinese.
My job requires lots of travel and many hotels. I’ve tried this in different hotels, different states and it doesn’t work. (I still try it, hoping for that one “YESSS” moment)
I just tried it in a two story building and it worked every time. Worked going down too, so that must be for quick escapes…
Every time I see this urban legend I Google it and see what the latest consensus is. I still fined its hard to know if it is real or not. My daily three floor ride over several months was inconclusive. But who doesn’t like a good hack! The New Yorker even chimed in a few years back on the subject: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/10/17/051017ta_talk_paumgarten
Won’t work at hospitals.
Doesn’t work in any elevator I’ve ever tried.
It will only work in older elevators, the new ones don’t use this anymore
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