No. Not the front door kind. I'm talking shops and supermarkets, where the automatic doors slide merrily back and forth all day, often just when people are passing them and not going in at all.
My point is, we have been told to conserve energy. This week we have been roundly ticked off for leaving appliances on standby. Ok. Point taken. But what about the huge amount of energy being used by all these doors? When did we lose the ability to open doors for ourselves? Do we really need automatic doors at all? For wheelchair-users for example, of course. Smaller special doors could be allocated for their use. But the rest of us?
And there are hidden dangers, too. Am I the only person who has charged confidently towards a door, only to find that it is not automatic, with near-fatal consequences? I think we should go back to the good old days when we opened doors all by ourselves, like grown- ups.