I rarely ride elevators anymore, especially in an employment situation where I would be working in a job that requires going up and down several floors a couple times a day.
CareerBuilder has done a study which showed that elevator riding can be a source of stress for a lot of people who are regular riders of them.
More than 3,800 workers spoke up during the study and described some unusual incidents and odd stories about things they have observed happening on elevators. It seems unbelievable but they reported items like someone changing a baby’s diaper, the flossing of teeth, clipping fingernails, dancing throughout the ride and someone showing another passenger a rash and asking for a diagnosis.
Granted, those are unusual examples of weird elevator behavior and have to be scarce at best. However, we all have been annoyed by some more typical breeches of elevator manners. Some have been happening since elevators were invented while others are more recent because of changes in technology.
For example, one of the biggest annoyances was the cell phone. During the study, 35% of those interviewed mentioned cell phones were very inappropriate on an elevator. I agree 100%, but for me cell phones are inappropriate anywhere in public. It’s bad enough that people still talk too loud on them but the new ones have about one hundred other ways to be annoying. Stow them until you are alone. We don’t care to hear your conversation.
33% said that not holding the door for those running to the elevator was inappropriate. (16% admitted that they purposely close the elevator door when someone is rushing to it!) For me it depends on the situation. If someone is a reasonable distance, wait for them, otherwise, hit the close button. They can catch the next elevator.
Standing too close when there is plenty of room in the elevator: 32% didn’t like that. I don’t blame them. That reminds me of the “close talker” on Seinfeld who had to be within a couple inches of someone’s face when speaking. Besides, do you really want to smell used deodorant?
Squeezing into an already crowded elevator, 32%. Once again, it’s a common sense decision and a possible deodorant situation.
Shirley MacLaine as elevator
operatorFran Kubelik with Jack
Lemmon and other passengers in
The Apartment (1960)
27% thought it was inappropriate to not step off the elevator to let other people out. It depends on how crowded it is. If it’s packed, sure, step off for a moment. It’s simply a courtesy. (This would not be a problem many years ago when elevators in busy buildings had human operators and “starters” with their clickers controlling the traffic flow! Can you imagine Shirley MacLaine in “The Apartment” allowing such confusion in her car!)
Cutting in line to get on the elevator even when other people have been waiting in line. Surprisingly, only 23% thought that was inappropriate. Excuse me, but nobody jumps in line ahead of me at an elevator or anywhere else. Well, maybe if it’s Muhammad Ali in his prime or Marilyn Monroe, circa 1953. Anyone else better can expect a black eye.
As far as Shirley MacLaine, does anyone remember elevator operators? You had to be skillful to run the early ones. When the operator stopped them at a floor, they had to line up the floor of the elevator manually with the floor of the building. It took a bit of skill unlike modern elevators where they are automatically lined up.
As far as the guy wanting a diagnosis on his rash, I know a good dermatologist who can help him!