North Carolina Elevator Rides Will Never Be The Same
I spent a huge portion of my childhood in hotels across the state of North Carolina thanks to my activity of choice. Most of those hotels had elevators which is where I first noticed Cherrie Berry the former state of North Carolina Commissioner of Labor better known as the elevator queen. Everyone in North Carolina knows Cherrie Berry and can recall her photo. That’s because as the commissioner of labor her name and photo were in every elevator in the state of North Carolina. And if it wasn’t, well that’s not an elevator I trust! She has since retired and now Josh Dobson is the face we see when transporting up or down floors.
But those iconic photos are about to be no more. Raleigh news station WRAL reports that Dobson has decided to drop the photos from the new elevator certification form. Say it isn’t so! According to the news outlet, Dobson was never really a fan of the photos. I mean I guess seeing your face in every elevator may be a little disorienting. But still, the elevator photos are just one of the most North Carolina things. WRAL did the only thing one could do after hearing this news and reached out to the elevator queen herself. Berry thinks its a “mistake” and I have to say I agree.
You’ll slowly see the photo-less certification forms in elevators across the state as inspections are completed. The photos have been around since 2005 when Berry instituted the tradition. She told WRAL, “The public loved it. We did it because we wanted people to know there’s an actual person, they could put a face to government. But it kind of grew into a thing.” And I have to agree, seeing a face behind the person who is assuring you the elevator is safe, it’s a good thing. Dobson is currently still in his first term in the position. Some political opponents credit Berry’s photo for her long stint in the role. Will Dobson’s lack of photos hurt his re-election chances? And if someone else is elected to the job will they bring back the beloved elevator photos? I sure hope so!
Read the full article from WRAL here.