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On a holiday to an English seaside resort recently, I checked in at reception, was given my key and directed to the lift with the instructions to 'press 4'
The hotel was an old Victorian building with a rather antiquated lift, bearing a notice : 2 persons and luggage or 3 persons, no luggage.
There were 2 of us with luggage...we qualified to ride the elevator. I pressed 4 as instructed and off we went. We stopped at a floor where 2 people were waiting to go down.
'Is this 4 ?' I asked.
'No, it's 2.
So, once more in lift for: 2 persons and luggage or 3 persons, no luggage, I pressed 4 and off we went.
Lift stopped, door opened and there were the same 2 people waiting to go down.
Press 4, I was told, so I did, and off went lift for: 2 persons with luggage or 3 persons, no luggage, this time it went down instead of up and we arrived back at reception where a rather long queue had formed for the lift for :2 persons with luggage or 3 persons, no luggage
'Press 4' hollered an impatient man. I did, and off we went, yet again in lift for: 2persons with luggage or 3 persons , no luggage. We went up, then down.
Eventually the receptionist arrived to say,' you are gong to floor 2'
Me: ''I thought it was floor 4'
Receptionist; 'There's no floor 4. press 4 to go to floor 2'
Ah, I thought, 4 means 2. Why didn't they say so?
So, finally, we arrived at the correct floor in lift for: 2persons with luggage or 3 persons, no luggage.