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There is this stair-case in a building, possible for emergency. On the door out (which can be open only from inside) I read

Emergency exit only. Trades observed using this exit will be back-charged lock-up time. Use West Doors Only.

What does it mean?

  • Where is it (at least the country)? – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 14 '13 at 21:56
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    It's not comprehensible to me. – snailcar Dec 14 '13 at 22:28
  • @snailboat Sorry I corrected it. – Theta30 Dec 15 '13 at 0:46
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    This is obviously just a guess, but I believe that trades is jargon for tradesman (so possibly employees or contractors who do business here) and I would surmise that this door probably has a pushbar on it to allow exit in case of emergencies but when it is used, some manual process must be followed to securely lock it again. The sign is a warning to the tradesmen to use the West Doors only otherwise if they are caught using this door they will be charged (required to pay, maybe out of their paycheck or added to their invoice) for the time it takes the management to re-secure the door. – Jim Dec 15 '13 at 1:50
  • @jim, more likely deducted from their invoice. Tradesmen are probably billing the building operator for their services, and when they are "back-charged" the building is charging them instead. – The Photon Dec 15 '13 at 6:09
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According to @Jim

trades is jargon for tradesman (so possibly employees or contractors who do business here)

and back-charged means that

if they are caught using this door they will be charged (required to pay, maybe out of their paycheck or added to their invoice) for the time it takes the management to re-secure the door.

  • @Theta30- +1 Nice. – Jim Dec 15 '13 at 18:21

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