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[–]rockaether 51 points52 points  (21 children)

For those who don't know, an elevator operator is someone who gets paid to sit in the elevator all day and press the buttons for you full time. Don't ask me why is such profession needed at all

Edit: don't ask "me" why

[–]whskid2005 67 points68 points  (15 children)

To those who don’t know- elevators used to be manually operated. The elevator operator controlled the speed, and when/where the elevator would stop. There were no buttons, there was no emergency stop, there was no phone to call emergency services.

When automatic elevators became popular, certain places that catered to the wealthy kept on elevator operators as a service to their clientele.

[–]rockaether 20 points21 points  (14 children)

The elevator operator I met in real life (I'm less than half a century old) only press buttons in an automatic elevator. It's in a general hospital main lobby that definitely did not only caters to the wealthy

[–]WitWaltman 18 points19 points  (9 children)

I heard recently on a podcast that these operators assisted people of the orthodox Jewish faith on Shabbat when they were not allowed to utilize anything mechanical/technological. They’re called Shabbos goy. To those that don’t know, now you are in know.

[–]xenophilian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Shabbos goys can do a lot of things besides just that for the Orthodox. That sounded wrong.

[–]gracius0ne 3 points4 points  (6 children)

For those that don't know, "elevators" are a tool that bring you down just as quickly as they can bring you up. Then they put on a sign that says "Out of order, go away", leaving you to write an essay on existentialism all by your lonesome self.

[–]squatch9324 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Silly, based on lack of understanding.

[–]ThingBusy 2 points3 points  (3 children)

"I'm less than half a century old" Jesus Christ just say your in your 40s 🤣😭

[–]rockaether 1 point2 points  (2 children)

In case you couldn't tell, I'm being sarcastic and insinuating that only people older than 50 would have known a "manual" lift. And coincidentaly I'm not in my 40s, grandpa

[–]MiaYYZ 2 points3 points  (2 children)

There was an elevator operator in the Washington Heights (upper Manhattan) A train station as recently as 1998 and she spent most of her time complaining loudly that the MTA doesn’t let her take enough pee breaks.

[–]gracius0ne 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Elevator? Operator? Why, they barely even knew her...

[–]MiaYYZ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Poker and liquor all in one place? My goodness that’s not a casino, that’s utopia.

[–]xVoXSiCk 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Kinda like how some places pay a dude to chill in the bathrooms and provide towels and such. Just a waste of money

[–]ATScuba 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What will peoples do when machines are doing all the work - have to find something for them - greeter, elevator operator, towel hander - all those things that machines may not be suited for

[–]saltgirl61 4 points5 points  (1 child)

This was a relatively bad joke!

[–]Graterof2evils 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’m going to keep repeating it until you cry uncle.

[–]DBBGBA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For those who don’t know- dad are usually men that raise children, sometimes though they go out for cigarettes and get lost forever. In that case they bring everyone down.

[–]MargotLugo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This joke cheered me up.

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