I was completely dumbfounded recently when I was taking an elevator in Shanghai. Perhaps some of you might have also experienced this.
I thought there was an international standard to elevators. Press up or down arrow. Wait for ding. Enter elevator. Press desire floor. Stare at something not embarrassing. Wait for ding. Leave elevator.
But I encountered a numeric keypad at the elevator. At first I thought it was for security. Then I notice the very elaborate plaque in what looked like Klingon symbols. But after about a minute of staring at the symbols with a tilted head it became recognizable as simplified characters.
So reading the instructions twice to make sure I understood the “new” method, I enter destination floor on keypad. Wait for ding. Enter elevator. Ponder where those nice glow buttons with numbers are. Resist pressing chrome wall with no buttons. Get totally confuse by the ding, since you haven’t pressed a glow button yet. Leave the elevator totally unsatisfied and wondering if you’re on the right floor.
Seriously this really puts a crimp on my routine. Can you imagine being in a rush and jumping into a random elevator right behind another person, only to realize that the controls to the destination floor is outside the elevator…
In this particular case, newer is not better, IMHO.