Why does something as simple as a motorized cart that changes your vertical position cause so much trouble? I guess nowhere is it written on how to behave in an elevator….until now!
While waiting for an elevator:
- press the button (up or down) and then take a G-I-A-N-T step backwards or to the side. There is no need to stand right in front of the door especially with a stroller or a growling dog. It’s likely that others will be exiting the elevator and you’ll be in the way. Believe me, you will not miss the elevator from 4 feet away.
- Wait. Wait. Wait for those that want to exit the elevator before trying to enter. There are no assigned seats (or standing spots) so what’s your hurry. The elevator car isn’t going anywhere until those that wanted out are out.
- If the doors open and the elevator car is packed, don’t cram yourself in…wait for the next one.
While IN the elevator:
- If you happen to be the closest person to numbered buttons, offer to push the appropriate floor for others.
- Do not talk on your cellphone. Nobody cares about your conversation. Also, if you have headphones turn the volume down so that others can’t hear it.
- If someone standing behind you needs to exit before you do, kindly step outside the elevator to make room for them to exit. I would guarantee that few would leave you on an unwanted floor after doing a good deed for someone else.
- If the door is about to close and you see/hear someone approaching the elevator, hold the doors for them. It’s common courtesy and those 8 seconds won’t make you late.
- DO NOT press every button so that the elevator stops at each floor without reason.
Lastly…if your mobility allows, take the stairs! It will be better for your health and besides, those elevator buttons are full of nasty nasty germs.
Did I miss anything?