Next nanny state – Turkey? Turkish governor bans elevator use on first three floors of state buildings

Edirne Governor Dursun Ali Şahin has announced that the use of an elevator on the first three floors of state buildings and private trade centers will not be permitted as part of a project to fight obesity by encouraging people to take the stairs.

The governor introduced the project on Wednesday at a press meeting. “We are initiating a practice of not using the elevator below the fourth floor due to health concerns. We are banning everyone, including the department heads of public institutions, from using elevators on the first three floors [of certain buildings] from now on for, expect for the disabled and the elderly,” he said.

The governor added that the provincial health directorate will distribute leaflets calling on people to use the stairs instead of elevators everywhere.

Stating that the Edirne Governor’s Office has launched a fight against obesity, Şahin said his office previously banned restaurants from having salt shakers at tables as part of these efforts…

But how are they going to enforce this? They cannot simply stop the elevators from going to the first three floors because of disabled and elderly.

Next up: elevator police!

  • Rosenmops

    Someone in my department is from Egypt. She is disabled, and she told me that in Egypt the elevators don’t work half the time. Probably the same in Turkey.

  • Brett_McS

    Interestingly, the typical Turk is quite dismissive of the micro-managing state. It’s common to see Turks lounging against a wall, enjoying a smoke… right underneath a No Smoking sign.

  • Jay Currie

    Did the Prophet have an elevator?

    Case closed.

    (And it is impossible for the most perfect man to have been fat… So there.)

  • Exile1981

    Actually given how backwards turkey is this could be easy to enforce; I would suspect very few locations have elevators and most are so old they likely still have attendants to run them; so it would be easy to have the attendants police the usage.