Etiquette question -- elevators
Okay, my guiding rule of gentlemanly behavior is that a gentleman should always open a door for a lady. If the door is automatic or it is just a doorway (no actual door to be opened), then the rule is "ladies first." Okay... clear enough so far.
However, I just started working a building where elevators are a necessity.
In the morning rush, I'm standing in the building lobby waiting on one of the six elevators to arrive in the lobby. When the doors open, I allow any ladies standing nearby to enter first. Each elevator only holds 6-8 people. At peak times, there is a constant stream of people arriving in the lobby. If I let all the waiting ladies go in front of me, then they will fill up the elevator. More are arriving as well, so waiting forever doesn't seem practical.
Question 1 - How long must I wait before just getting on, even if there are ladies waiting?
Okay... so I finally see an opening and jump on.
Since I'm last person on, I'm now standing closest to the door in the center of the elevator.
Question 2 - When arriving at my floor, do I exit the elevator first (making way for the ladies behind me) or try to awkwardly turn sideways, hold the door, and let the ladies squeeze past me?
Last edited by Buzz; 12-05-2006 at 12:28 PM.
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