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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
When fully able-bodied people, instead of using their arm to open a door, have to push the blue handicapped button to get the door to open for them. They're willing to wait the 10 whole seconds for the door to open automatically than to open it themselves which would take maybe 2 seconds and prevent repetitive strain on the mechanism.
post #2 of 28
I hear you there! It's one thing when it's a little kid who just likes pushing buttons but another when it's someone who knows what the button will do.

And what's worse is when these able-bodied people refuse to help those who actually do need assistance getting through those heavy doors (especially if the building has negative pressure and you really have to push or pull to get the door open). You know, the older folks in walkers and wheelchairs, the mothers with strollers, people on crutches. It's like no one even notices that there is another human being in the world besides them!
post #3 of 28
Not to sound offensive or rude, but how do you know they're fully able? I might look perfectly healthy, but I have carpal tunnel syndrome; on a good day, there's no pain, just a mild tingling in my fingertips, but on a bad day I'm in pain from my fingertips to my shoulder. Opening a door can be agony. Heck, even reaching for the blue button can hurt sometimes. As a result, I'm very appreciative of the people who hold doors open for me. I don't look like I need the help, but sometimes I really, really do.
post #4 of 28
speechless !! so rude
post #5 of 28
You know, those doors with the handicap buttons are REALLY heavy. I really have to push hard to get them open. I don't think lightweights could do it.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
And what's worse is when these able-bodied people refuse to help those who actually do need assistance getting through those heavy doors (especially if the building has negative pressure and you really have to push or pull to get the door open). You know, the older folks in walkers and wheelchairs, the mothers with strollers, people on crutches. It's like no one even notices that there is another human being in the world besides them!

That is what "irks" me. It seems its been lost in our society, for the most part.
post #7 of 28
I'm on the other side of this a bit - I generally push those buttons FOR people (then sneak through while they're still open 'cause yes, I'm lazy! ) I also hold doors open for folks with strollers, the elderly, etc.

I can't tell you how many times I have held the door for someone who walked right past me like I'm not even there, as if the door was opened and held open by magic! The worst offenders of this are old men, obviously not gentlemen!

I generally say, "You're WELCOME!" really loudly. It usually doesn't do anything except make me feel better, but I still think holding the doors is the right thing to do.
post #8 of 28
that doesnt irk me.
What really irks me is that in the middle of winter, there are many women with strollers and people who are in weelchairs trying to get into a store, and alot of people will just walk past them as if they are invisible.
Once it took about 3 minutes as it was rush hour in frankfurt city, people were walking in and out of stores like crazy ants, and this lady was trying to get into the department store BUT NOBODY would hold it open for her! they would walk against her, infront of her as if she was nothing.
I held the door open for her, and for another two people in weelchairs.
Its really cold out here in winter im sure it is too in america, and i am just appaled that people my age, or even just a little older have no respect!
post #9 of 28
That doesnt irk me either.
I do that quite often actually. It's fun. My daughter gets a kick out of it, and so do I. And more times than not, someone will walk in behind me as well...
Guess I've never thought about the "repetitive strain on the mechanism". I'm too simple for that.
post #10 of 28
It doesn't irk me either - but I do hold doors open for others, and help those who do need help - always. I know that if I were the one needing help, iId want others to be kind enough to help me too.
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
I sat there in the parking lot for about 20 minutes and people were just walking up, pushing the button. Young people, older people, men, women...

It was a strip mall, not a doctor's office or hospital.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
I sat there in the parking lot for about 20 minutes and people were just walking up, pushing the button. Young people, older people, men, women...

It was a strip mall, not a doctor's office or hospital.
Yes some may have been truly abled bodied but I am sure there were a few like me ... Young and healthy looking... well I am not and sometimes I need that assistance
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
You know, those doors with the handicap buttons are REALLY heavy. I really have to push hard to get them open. I don't think lightweights could do it.
....I have to put my full body force behind it to open those doors! UHHHH They're sooo heavy!
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post

And what's worse is when these able-bodied people refuse to help those who actually do need assistance getting through those heavy doors (especially if the building has negative pressure and you really have to push or pull to get the door open). You know, the older folks in walkers and wheelchairs, the mothers with strollers, people on crutches. It's like no one even notices that there is another human being in the world besides them!
Yes, this is what makes me angry. For the last two years of his life my husband used a walker or wheelchair. He had a manual wheelchair because that is what our insurance would pay for but because he had a stroke he could not operate it and I had to push it. For the most part people were polite about opening doors for us but there were times when I struggled to hold a door open and get him through it in the wheelchair and no one helped.

So- let people push the button all they want. Just have enough consideration and compssion to help those who truly need it. You may be there yourself someday.
post #15 of 28
Another side to the button pusher situation. This happened when I worked for the State of Hawaii. I worked in a large state office building with offices for many different state departments including Human Services (welfare) which was where I worked. All of us had seen people, employees and customers/clients, use the rest room and leave the room without washing their hands. Some of my coworkers became very concerned about this and wondered what kind of germs might be on the door handle to the rest room as a result of people using it with dirty hands. So they routinely used the opener button to open the door. But even in that case they used a paper towel to push the button, fearing there might be germs there too. I know this doesn't apply to most situations. Just an interesting thought.
post #16 of 28
Not everyone, who pushes those buttons has a VISIBLE disability. My late husband had a heart condition, lungs full of shrapnel and arthritis. I have spinal arthritis. These conditions can make it painful, to wrestle with a heavy door.
post #17 of 28
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And what's worse is when these able-bodied people refuse to help those who actually do need assistance getting through those heavy doors (especially if the building has negative pressure and you really have to push or pull to get the door open). You know, the older folks in walkers and wheelchairs, the mothers with strollers, people on crutches. It's like no one even notices that there is another human being in the world besides them!
Yes! What is wrong with people today? No one else thinks about anyone else... all they see is themselves I worked customerservice until recently and I saw it every day. People pushing, running into each other with their strollers trying it get ahead of each other, just so they could all wait in line. People hardly say thank you anymore or please. What I couldn't stand was people not acknowledging my "hello". Common politeness... hello! It doesn't kill you to say hello back to someone! Off my
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
Ok this is the other one now (Cel). Instead of creating a button that you could use why not just make the whole door an automatic one. There are some that have difficulty with letting others know that they are not as able as the next person wether it be tendinitis, OCD, stroller, walker, or wheelchair. Make the door open as the norm not the norm being able to open the door. For me I know that those door handles to strip malls and even doctor's offices are NASTY!!!! I mean are those handles ever disinfected? I was happy when two of our local supermarket chains put in those disinfectant wipes by the carts. Now what really gets me is when I see people walking in or out of that strip mall with their pets (A Petco is inside) and letting them poop in the parking lot and they just leave it there. Oh heck some owners I have seen don't even pick it up when the animal does it in the pet store. EEEEEWWWWW. Ok I am done my soap box.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
When fully able-bodied people, instead of using their arm to open a door, have to push the blue handicapped button to get the door to open for them. They're willing to wait the 10 whole seconds for the door to open automatically than to open it themselves which would take maybe 2 seconds and prevent repetitive strain on the mechanism.
I sometimes push the button but most of the time I dont go places that you have to open doors. LOL I'm always surprised when Igo to a door and it doesnt open for me. I've ran into lots of doors. Sometimes because I walk to fast for thm to oen and sometimes because I thought they opened on there own. I guess that makes me lazy!
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
....I have to put my full body force behind it to open those doors! UHHHH They're sooo heavy!
I agree. If the doors weren't so heavy, I wouldn't push the button. I am not a strong enough person to open it. I DO however hold doors open for people all the time. And it does bother me when they don't say thank you. Where are your manners!? My three year olds have better manners than this.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Yes some may have been truly abled bodied but I am sure there were a few like me ... Young and healthy looking... well I am not and sometimes I need that assistance
Agreed. I have hypermobility syndrome (as well as mild arthritis) - I can dislocate my wrist bones putting my hand into my pocket to get my keys out, or do a painful injury to my knee joint just by walking - so there's no way I'm pushing or pulling on a door if I don't have to.

I don't look as if I need the help, but dislocating a joint is *&^£ painful and I'm not risking it unless I have to.
post #22 of 28
This issue doesn't irk me...because we dont have those push buttons...what does irk me is that people will stand around infront of the doors or just in front of escalators...chatting, while we have to go around them!Is it too hard to go away from the doors and escalators?
post #23 of 28
I have a good one... I have actually been pushing a stroller, wrested the door open and got the stroller into a position to hold the door open so I could push it through. People have actually gone thru the door that took me a good 30 seconds to get propped open before I have a chance to push on through. I never use the push buttons because there is a handicapped sign on them, not a mommy sign. I expect people to either open the door for me, or do it myself.

I really appreciate stores that have expectant and new mother parking. While I don't use either anymore, it was a godsend when I was 9 months pregnant in August in the South.
post #24 of 28
I appear able bodied, but I am not, nor am I old.
If I am alone, or no helpful person is around I will push the buttons.
Jeremy, being a gentleman actually opens doors for me when he is with me.

What I can't stand (and I am a smoker) is smokers who stand around outside doors smoking, causing everyone to have to walk through their second hand toxins just to get inside.
I get as far away from the doors and pedestrian traffic areas as I possibly can, it's not that difficult.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Cat Mommy View Post
Yes! What is wrong with people today? No one else thinks about anyone else... all they see is themselves I worked customerservice until recently and I saw it every day. People pushing, running into each other with their strollers trying it get ahead of each other, just so they could all wait in line. People hardly say thank you anymore or please. What I couldn't stand was people not acknowledging my "hello". Common politeness... hello! It doesn't kill you to say hello back to someone! Off my
ok, i don't have a response to your post, but wanted to compliment your signature - i've seen it before & just love the way your RB kits are incorporated with your current ones. Anakat did a lovely job
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Originally Posted by Abymummy View Post
This issue doesn't irk me...because we dont have those push buttons...what does irk me is that people will stand around infront of the doors or just in front of escalators...chatting, while we have to go around them!Is it too hard to go away from the doors and escalators?
ok, you've just hit my pet peeve - why can't they just take a few more steps & clear the doorways? this happens to me all the time! i'm somewhere where there's a large amount of people, & i'm following a crowd out a door... & some doofuses [or would that be doofi?] stop about 2 steps out the door to talk! c'mon, people, you're not the only ones wanting to walk thru the door!
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I'm on the other side of this a bit - I generally push those buttons FOR people (then sneak through while they're still open 'cause yes, I'm lazy! ) I also hold doors open for folks with strollers, the elderly, etc.

I can't tell you how many times I have held the door for someone who walked right past me like I'm not even there, as if the door was opened and held open by magic! The worst offenders of this are old men, obviously not gentlemen!

I generally say, "You're WELCOME!" really loudly. It usually doesn't do anything except make me feel better, but I still think holding the doors is the right thing to do.
That's sooo true!!!!
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
What I can't stand (and I am a smoker) is smokers who stand around outside doors smoking, causing everyone to have to walk through their second hand toxins just to get inside.
I get as far away from the doors and pedestrian traffic areas as I possibly can, it's not that difficult.
I'm glad to hear i'm not the only one who can't stand that eithor! I hate having to walk through that. People can be soo inconsiderate sometimes! I love how they all face you and blow out smoke as your walking by...i'm short...it always winds up in my face and lungs and makes me ill. I wish they would at least scoot back a bit when others walk by. (some kind people do, but not many) At my college....people always crowd aroud the entry doors to smoke...so I have to walk through that every single day and be exposed to second hand smoke- I hate that. There are no other alternative entrances I can use eithor to avoid it, because there are smokers at every entrance I can't avoid being exposed to second hand smoke...I don't think I should have to choose between exposing my lungs to harmful secondhand smoke or getting a quality education. I don't want to be around it, i don't want to smell like it, and I certainly don't think I should have to be exposed to it at school. Unfortunately the college set up outdoor ashtrays right outside the entry doors so that is where everyone goes to smoke. I really wish that the college would move that area away from the entry doors because everyone has to walk through the smoke clouds to get where they need to be. This includes people with lung and astmah problems like me. I have severe astmah and have had 6 astmah attacks as a result of having to walk through the smoke to get to my classes. I find it unacceptable. (I've kindly written to the dpt heads about this and have yet to hear back from them.) I wish that they would make a new designated smoking area to accomidate the smoking students AWAY from the entry doors and away from anyone who does not want to be exposed to smoke. That way the students who smoke could go about their business and be happy and the students who do not wish to be exposed to second hand smoke wouldn't have to walk through it. Seems like a common sense solution!
post #28 of 28
My public pet peeve is when the obviously disabled or elderly get on the bus and there are young able bodied adults sitting in the front seats (reserved for moms, eldery and disabled)...

Its infuriating when they don't blink an eye and go on chatting while the person strains to get to a seat...

If I am close enough, I usually will say something but then sometimes you get the evil eye thrown back at you! (like you are the one being rude!)...
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