897: Elevator Inspection

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Elevator Inspection
Even governmental elevator inspectors get bored halfway through asking where the building office is.
Title text: Even governmental elevator inspectors get bored halfway through asking where the building office is.

[edit] Explanation

This comic is portraying a scenario which never happens. No one gets this excited about going to a building office. So, as the caption says: this is an industry tip for elevators that have not been inspected. No one cares enough to go to the building office and search the files for the certification. And as the title text says, even inspectors themselves get bored before they can get to the building office.

The moral of this comic is if you see an elevator with a notice that says that the "elevator inspection certificate is on file", you do not really know whether the notice is true, and so building owners use the certificates as substitutes for the bother and expense of actually getting their elevators inspected.

[edit] Transcript

[Three people in an elevator, one reading a posted sign.]
Cueball: It says here that the elevator inspection certificate is on file in the building office.
Friend: Whoa, cool! Let's go look at it!
Ponytail: That sounds fun!
Industry tip: Building owners know this never happens. Those signs mark elevators which have never been inspected.

[edit] Trivia

  • See also 1181: PGP for another variation on the idea of people taking certificates on faith rather than verifying their authenticity.
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I wonder, how fast does elevator technology advance? Is there like a Moore's law for the speed and safety of elevators or something? Davidy²²[talk] 02:05, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

This comic has my doubts. If you placed the certificate in the actual elevator, it might be vandalized, stolen, or otherwise destroyed. Of course, you could just put a photocopy of the original certificate in the elevator, but not very many pointy-haired bosses are that clever. 03:41, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
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