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If you ask me how many elevators I have ever been in with how many different people since nearly four years ago (when I arrived in Singapore), I must say that I would like to divert the question into something more interesting than that.
I'd like to suggest this question, instead:
If you are in an elevator in Singapore with at least one/two other passengers, what is the likelihood that the "close door" button will be pressed before the elevator makes it move up/downward?
Based on my observation, the answer is: High.
I'd say nine times out of ten the other passenger who is with me inside the elevator cab will appoint himself as the "close door" button operator. No, not as a full-time job like those handsome men with white suits you see in fancy hotels, but merely, as a super-ultra-term-temporary volunteer.
Bygolly! A temporary volunteer? Don't they know that an elevator is equipped with a sophisticated fuzzy logic control system that will make the doors close automatically within 5 seconds after you press the last destination buttons? yes, they know but they'd rather ignore that fact. Just go ask Mr. Kone, Mr. Dong Yang and Mr. Schindler for more info on this fuzzy logic thingy.
For some people in Singapore, having to wait for 5 seconds is way too long. That's why they like to reach out from 2 meters away to press the "close button" at 1/100th of a second when the last passenger's left foot gets across the floor gap (please mind the gap by the way). *5 seconds does not seem to too long for them, but rather, it is an enjoyable moment. especially when they stick their nostrils with their middle fingers while staring at themselves in the elevator mirror (if any).
That's, my friends, how efficient people have become when they live in Singapore. You press the "close button" quickly so you have more time to look at your face in the mirror.
Never in my previous life, in the US between 1992-2002, have I seen people doing this kind of behavior.
My big brother makes and sells German elevators in Jakarta. I mean, if he's got himself registered under US Patent for some nifty elevator parts, why not invent a "press button" equipped with an 5000 volt electric shock system for Singapore market.
Super Duper Note:
I have always been tempted to stick my booger on those "close door" buttons. Have I done it? You bet I have :)