If you’ve ever had one of those awkward elevator moments that makes you want to run for the stairs, help is at hand. Several elevator etiquette campaigners have combined their knowledge and skills to create a useful, although somewhat odd, guide to elevator use.
ElevatorRules.com provides practical advice on all stages of the elevator journey – calling/waiting, boarding, what to do when inside the elevator and exiting – so you can rest assured that you won’t find yourself in any of those uncomfortable ‘stare at the ceiling and whistle’ moments. Here are some pearls of wisdom:
Pushing the button
“If you arrive as a door is closing, regardless of how many people are in the car, DO NOT press the button. The people in the car are already prepared mentally for their trip and do not need to be interrupted.”
Talking and singing
“If your personality dictates that you must start a conversation with complete strangers, start with light discussion about weather or current events. Avoid topics that may get cut off when one of you reaches their destination floor.”
“Never, under any circumstances urinate or defecate in en elevator. It is not, and never will be considered funny by anyone.”
Right, well I shall take the stairs then!