Elevator Etiquette

Tuesday, May 13, 2003
My office is on the 28th floor, so needless to say, I spend a lot of time on elevators!! Now it is bad enough that when it is time to leave I get on at 28 and more often than not have to stop on each and every floor on the way down...AND during lunch. What really bugs me is when people see that the elevator is full, but insist on getting on anyway b/c they don't want to wait for the next one. But the ultimate irritation is when I get on an elevator, push the button, patiently await the doors closing, and then I see a hand or foot or sometimes a whole body jump in between the closing doors to open them back up again. People, wait your turn. That's just rude - it reminds me of when you see someone flag a taxi (of course not here in Houston) and someone jumps in front of them. I am already enroute when the doors begin to close, as far as I am concerned, so don't stop me b/c you are impatient!! Ugh, the nerve...

And while we're on the subject of etiquette, let's move things to the WC. If there are available stalls, don't sit in the one right next to me. Use a buffer...skip at least one stall before going in to do your business. After all I get in the one by the wall (even though it has a defected lock) so that I know that at least one side of me is protected from someone sitting next to me!!!