It may seem an odd question to ask, but I ask in all seriousness. It seems we are becoming a two tier society where doors are concerned. Those who close doors and those who don’t! We all know how to open doors. Closing them? Is it now beyond the scope, ability and manual dexterity of some? Why is it? Is ‘door closing’ off the curriculum, are GSCE and A level certificates only handed out for ‘door opening’? Were the lessons on closing late in the afternoon when the attention span had completely gone? Is it a matter for health and safety in so much as if you close a door and someone walks into it because they have nt got a degree in ‘door opening’ it’s your fault and you are liable? Is it some form of political correctness, or just let’s be kind to doors and leave them open? What is it with people and doors??
Yesterday we had gone to the coast. A nice walk along the beach in a bracing Yorkshire breeze and balmy sunny temperatures of 10 degrees, the warmest day of the year so far. Suitably re-invigorated we sought refreshment in a nearby cafe set on the grassy stray behind the beach and within sight of the sea, sat down, ordered corned beef pie, gravy and chips, a steaming mug of coffee and waited. It took about 5 minutes. No, not for the food to arrive; for someone to leave the door open. They simply got up from their table, opened the door, walked out and left. Door, wide open, not even an attempt to pull it to. A chap at the table nearest the door broke off from his meal, got up and closed it. Then a young lady walked in, mid thirties, a green raincoat and a handbag over her shoulder and across her chest. Opened the door, left it half open and walked to the counter. “Excuse me, you’ve left the door open.” “What door?” A waitress closed it.
A man in a Berghaus and a young kid carried a tray of coffees outside and left the door open. “Sorry, can’t shut it, got my hands full.” Well you managed to open it with your hands full! A family group upped and left. First one to the door opened it, held it open for the others and then left it open. Fortunately the people who came in next closed it. Only it was 5 minutes before they arrived. The chap at the table nearest the door had given up by now. He was now sat with his coat on to finish his meal.
I wondered if it was something to do with modern shopping rather than bad manners. People only accustomed to shops with automatic doors or doors being permanently open. By the way have you noticed how shops leave the doors open to attract customers? Did you know the average internal temperature of shops in London’s Oxford Street was recently measured at 23.6 degrees? TopShop topped the list at 27.2 degrees and only 6 out of 100 shops had their doors shut. Never mind the cost for the heating; could open doors be responsible for the rise of global warming? Anyway this cafe did not need to attract custom and the inside temperature was definitely shy of 20 degrees or more.
So maybe I was just unlucky yesterday and all the people leaving the door open were Oxford Street shoppers on an away day to the Yorkshire coast, or merely being absent minded and not deliberately inconsiderate. Perhaps people are not familiar with Larry Grayson’s “Ooh, shut that door” or as we say in Yorkshire “Put t’wood int ’ole.” Maybe!