About locked ashtrays

Something funny came to my mind today while taking the best elevator in town again. You remember, it’s the one with the ashtray….


While I was exploring the outer rims of office buildings the other day, I discovered a feature most modern elevators seem to be missing: ashtrays. I am sure you are aware of the ashtrays in airplanes. Even the most modern airplanes, like the Airbus A380, have ashtrays. One has to be prepared in case smoking becomes a fashion topic in a distant future, I guess. A plane is around for some years after all… This elevator definitely was.


I think it is even more peculiar that the ashtray has a lock…. Why would an ashtray have a lock? So it can only be cleaned by the staff I suppose. It truly is a relic from an other era.