"Yes you do. I just told you."
Today at Smith Tower (a century-old Seattle building with partly manual elevators: buttons for the floors but levers to open and close the doors):
Me: Five, please.
Elevator operator: Presses "5", closes door. You need to press the floor.
Me: Pardon me?
Elevator operator: It's not my job to press the button. You need to do that.
Me: But you just did it.
Elevator operator: I'm saying it's not my job.
Elevator operator: We're not psychics. We don't know what you floor you want to go to.
Me: Yes you do. I just told you.
Elevator operator: But that's your job.
Me: So why don't they let me do your job, too?
Elevator operator: You'd have to ask the management that.