No mas mats in London Terrace!
What's wrong with this picture? Oh, yeah, that's it, they came around yesterday and threw out all our doormats! We'd gotten a memo a few weeks ago to the effect that it was some sort of a fire code violation and that as of the 15th of March (beware the Ides!) any doormats left in the hallways would be considered abandoned and would be disposed of by maintenance staff. Of course, we didn't think they'd actually do it, everyone sort of thought that it was one of those "enforce it if you need to" rules. No one expected them to toss out all the door mats! Yet, inexplicably, my neighbor's equally flammable and obstructing umbrella stand remained untouched in the hall.
I'm on the case now to find a copy of the NYC Fire Code to see if this is in fact a violation. Till then, wipe your feet in the elevator!