Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why do people latch doors without lock?

I often see people pulling the latch of a padlock without actually putting in a lock. This is usually done when the person intends to come back after a short time. However I have always wondered about this practice.

The only plausible reason I find for doing this is preventing infants, toddlers or small animals from entering the room. However, in places where I observe this behavior (hostel and department) none of these can be the reason.

Another reason might be to show the immediate unavailability of the person who is usually behind the door. However a latched door without a lock is a clear sign that nobody is there in the room and to a thief this might be an opportunity.

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