Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen for February 27, 2020

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    Snark-impaired  over 4 years ago

    You guys have been standing there for what I’d assume would be several minutes, watching to see who uses the button. I don’t think there was a line, so presumably you could have gone through the door before now, yet you chose to wait and watch who used the button, so you could feel superior. And now you’re complaining about having to wait an extra second?!?!

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    jaxxxon58  over 4 years ago

    The point is people are using the door assist button. Now go inside, and enjoy your day!

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    alien07110  over 4 years ago

    how do you KNOW they are perfectly healthy? many physical disabilities don’t show.

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    ComicGent  over 4 years ago

    Where we live in the UK if there is such a “button” – more of a large square plate – there is no other way of opening the door, and sometimes a notice asking not to try to pen the door manually. So these cartoon strips fall a bit flat here.

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Those buttons that I’ve seen are not labelled “Handicapped” or “Disabled” … I thought they were meant for anyone struggling with the door, including non-disabled elderly, or people carrying children or packages.

    But they’re usually way off to the side, set low, and I seldom see anyone use them…. not even those they were intended for.


    Using it, though, deprives no one else… unlike “Handicapped” marked parking spaces or motorised shopping carts, there is an unlimited supply of door openings.

    So what’s “disgusting” about someone pushing a button to open a door?


    Maybe that woman is weakened by illness, or has arthritic hands, or a bad back… or a neurosis about doors…

    Betty and Bub could have just walked on through with her…

    those doors will usually sense your presence and remain open, or if not, you can give them a push.

    Awfully judgemental.
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    Billys mom2022  over 4 years ago

    Well Betty just wait till the door closes then get Bub to open it manually for you like the true gentleman he is .

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    Sojourn  over 4 years ago

    you know it would have made a lot more sense for some of these places to just have automatically opening doors for everyone, instead of going to be the great expense of making a automatically opening door for just the handicapped LOL

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    Ontman  over 4 years ago

    In the 5 years I’ve had to use a walker, people have either pushed the button for me or waited for me to go in if I pushed it.

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    j.l.farmer  over 4 years ago

    they let 5 people go through the door before they did….there was nothing stopping them of going before them. i cpould have found something more important to complain about other than making assumptions about people

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    ragsarooni Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Using the automated door is better than parking in a handicapped parking space while you “just run in for 2 items”…..

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    Ginny Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Stop the arc. It’s getting annoying.

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    Jefano Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Do Betty and Bub (or Gerry and Gary) ever use a remote control instead of crossing the room to change the television channel or volume? Do they ever use the telephone rather than travel to speak with someone face to face? Do they ever use motorized transportation rather than walk? Do they ever wear shoes rather than just building up calluses to protect their feet? Oh, geez, using a convenience for what it was designed for – the mere thought of it has me seething with indignation!

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    Happy Tinkerbelle Premium Member over 4 years ago

    I love the automatic revolving doors that move when you do. I pretend I’m using my Jedi skills to move it!

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    car2ner  over 4 years ago

    I don’t see why anyone would be bothered by someone using the button so it doesn’t seem funny to me. If a totally healthy person wanted to use the button I don’t care. If I have to wait a moment, most times I don’t care (and if I do I need to check my attitude or dress for the weather better). Like so many of the things in comics, these are first world problems.

    If this were their biggest problem (or trying to see the humor in this arc is the biggest problem) we are doing fantastic.

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    Greg Johnston  over 4 years ago

    I find a lot of these assisted doors are very heavy and slow to open without the assist – and I’m a 6’3, 200lb guy in pretty good shape. I can’t really fault people for using the assist button when otherwise they need to heave hard on the door to open it without.

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    rhonda Premium Member over 4 years ago

    I’m guessing Betty gets annoyed when obviously capable people walk through automatic open doors too. SMH. These guys are complaining for a fourth day about something that is not an issue for 99 percent of people. Who cares how the door gets opened?

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    Nicole ♫ ⊱✿ ◕‿◕✿⊰♫ Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Now maybe those who keep trying to defend Betty can see that she really is very judgmental and goes out of her way to do so.

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    Liam63  over 4 years ago

    Hit the button with your elbow, one less contaminated surface to come in contact with.

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    shirins Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Hmmmm….I have to say that I have used the handicapped button when I needed to, such as pushing something or someone through a door or if my hand were full as it can be activated with a knee, this makes perfect sense. I also used it when I was injured and it hurt to open the door. However I also completely understand trying to educate folks about the costs of using the button when you don’t need to. It cost energy to open it, if it is an outside door the slowness of the opening and closing of the door allows more cold or hot air in, depending on the season. It is not as bad as using a handicap parking space, but the extra use, which is significant, does wear out the door mechanisms faster and might make it fail when someone truly needs it. According to one estimation this can cost the university, business or township $7,000 per week. This equates to $364,000 a year. Even if we halve that cost it is something to think about. Though it is true that there are handicaps that are not obvious (as when I had an injured shoulder and rib) this is true but at least one study concluded that 75% of the folks who use the button are not physically disabled.

    In terms of Betty being judgemental, well, aren’t we all? The only time it bothers me is when it is something I disagree with and I judge them to be judgemental! :^) I happen to understand this pet peeve and as I’ve been trying to eliminate those little things that bug me I researched it, and also asked a tech who was there fixing a door once when it was broken. According to the tech the extra use really does add up to the door breaking down more. For myself, I do try and just decide that those who look able bodied may be injured like I was when I see it happen and WHEN I can manage that, m the happier for it. I wish the strip would give more reason as to why it is a concern so folks who don’t know would have the chance to learn it! Take care all!!!

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    eladee AKA Wally  over 4 years ago

    Those specially equipped doors can be awfully heavy to manually muscle open. Tough on folks with arthritis like myself. I appreciate being able to use them, even though my “handicap” is not readily evident. Back off, Betty and Bub!!!!!

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    junkmailmemore  over 4 years ago

    Maybe he’s trying to make a point about people who aren’t handicapped taking advantage of things meant for handicapped people. In Disney World, years ago, if you were in a wheelchair, you got to skip the line. Then so many perfectly able bodied people were renting wheelchairs, that Disney changed the policy. I see people with handicap cards get out of their cars in a handicapped spot and sprint into the store. These are the people who ruin it for everyone else.

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