foolish acts people engage in while waiting, boarding and standing in an elevator. Even if riding on an elevator is not part of your daily routine, consider this short mode of transportation as serious and important as riding the train, in a car or on a bus. SAFETY MEASURES and COURTESY is still expected, but I'm assured we are all not cognizant of the rules.
I was inspired to write this post by a certain suit-clad man who decided the doors don't close fast enough by themselves and so he would FORCE THEM to close faster by pushing them together. I stood there in shock, hoping the elevator wouldn't malfunction by his interference. Oh, what a microwave environment we live in. Please don't fall victim to these practical elevator no-no's.
If you're on the outside...
- Running late? Not our fault! Have patience. The elevator is not making you that less late. When the doors open, stand to the side and WAIT until EVERYONE comes out before you go rushing on.
- If you're a gentleman, let the women on first. This is because if there's any creepy crawlers or unseen dangers, she'll know how to handle them better.
- Do not interfere with the doors closing. In other words, keep your hands, feet and other objects out of the doorway. Let the person ON the elevator decide if you should get on their ride. Do not take it upon yourself to invite yourself. If you do, don't be surprised if you get the stink eye.
- If you don't fit, wait for the next one. This is not Tetris. Do not try to maneuver yourself to fit in some contorted way. You're causing everyone to feel anxious and uncomfortable.
- If there's an attendant working inside, don't brag about what fun day you've had or will have that is more exciting than being inside an elevator all day. That's just rude. Your small talk is not brightening their day...
- Turn your ipod down or off and get off your cell phone. We don't
want to hear Lil' Jon screaming that early in the morning, or the latest drama you're instigatin'...
- If someone is having a conversation, don't blatantly eavesdrop. Even if it's juicy, just look disinterested and impatient.
- If someone is standing too close to the button panel, don't reach your hand in front of them. Simply say "excuse me" or ask them to press your floor.
- Don't linger or hide in the nook. Be prepared to get off the elevator as soon as you reach your floor.
- Wait for the people in front of you to get off first. Sounds like common knowledge, but you'll be surprised...
- When you're on a crowded elevator, don't stroll off. No one likes to be on an elevator longer than they should. Grab your bags and keep the conversation moving!
- "Hold the door open at ground level longer than necessary. When the other passengers glare at you, tell them the lift is refueling."
- "When someone presses a floor number, give them a strange look and say, "So. YOU'RE the one."
- "If people are looking grim, suggest a group hug."
- "Whenever a guy in a dark suit gets on board, hum the James Bond theme."
- "When any male and female enter, especially if they don't know each other, sing the Wedding March."
- When someone leaves the elevator, say, "Goodbye, darling. I'll never forget you."
Happy Friday, hope this brightened your day!
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