STOMPer Superstitious was staying at a hotel in Johor when he noticed that the number 4 was missing from the lift buttons. The bellboy later related to him how the number 4 had proved inauspicious for the hotel in the past.
Said the STOMPer:
"Last week I stayed at a hotel in Muar, Johor.
"On looking at the lift buttons I saw the numbers G, M, 1, 2, 3, 3A , 5, 6, 7, …, 12.
"The number 4 was missing.
"I asked the bellhop why the number was missing.
"He told me the following story:
"'The Chinese boss of the hotel is a believer in geomancy.
"After consulting a geomancer he officially invited a VIP to open the hotel in 2004.
"His wife told him that the digit "4" is not an auspicious number.
"Originally one of the lift buttons was labelled 4.
"Four years later, 4 deaths occurred in the hotel.
"The first guest was electrocuted, the second was found hanging beside the bed, the third died after drinking poison and the fourth jumped from the hotel window into the Muar River and was drowned.
"He re-consulted the geomancer and was advised to change the lift number from 4 to 3A.
"So till today the number 4 is missing from the lift buttons.
"The number 4, according to the Chinese, is associated with 死 which means "death".
"After changing the number 4 to 3A, the fortune of the hotel has taken a turn for the better.'"