Elevator Etiquette

February 5, 2008 at 2:54 pm 3 comments

On more than one occasion I have been in  an elevator heading towards the Lobby/1st floor and the elevator abruptly stops a floor short.  The door opens and someone climbs in to ride down one floor, usually squeezing into an already crowded elevator.  Doesn’t anyone else find this ridiculous?  Why wait for the elevator just to go ONE floor?

Solution: Elevators should not service the 2nd or 3rd floors.  Take the stairs – save energy and all you environmentalists can say you’re offsetting carbon emissions.    A service elevator can still run to all floors, but that would be reserved for services requiring the elevator to lift people/equipment that can not make it up the stairs.  Anyone with a handicap would be given a key and permitted to use the elevator for any floor.

Since this will never happen, some Elevator Etiquette needs to be followed.  If you are in a building with more than 5 floors and you’re on the 2nd floor, don’t be that guy (or girl).  Take the stairs.  If you have 10 suitcases, get the bellboy to come get your crap and let him deal with the elevator.  There’s no reason for you and your 8 kids to pile into the elevator for a floor.

This solution could also be applied going up the stairs.  Oh, and a little exercise never hurt anyone either.


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  • 1. jared  |  February 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Do you know what I hate about elevators, especially at hotels, is when there is a group of people waiting to get on them and a guy/girl just coming in from the lobby walks right past the elevator waiting crowd towards the front. They have no problem just walking past everyone clearly waiting and grabbing the first elevator that comes up as if no one else is waiting.

  • 2. ben  |  February 5, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    While I agree with all your principals above, I would like to interject a side note:

    While we’re on the topic of elevators providing service to floor numbers, how do you feel about the seventh or thirteenth floors?

    I for one, find it odd that buildings today still seem to follow the superstition that having these floors are considered “bad luck”. What do you think?

    My opinion? Thanks for asking. Much like the principal: “if a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, did it make a noise?” I think one could apply the same principal to such an absurd superstition:

    “If a building has fourteen floors, and it’s numbering convention skips the number thirteen and labels it fourteen and the following fifteen, is it in-fact still thirteen?”

  • 3. dang  |  February 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    In response to Ben, it is not thirteen. You are talking about naming conventions. Naming conventions are supposed to be common place so the vast majority of people know what floor or meeting room you are talking about. In my work place the meeting rooms have been renamed so many times that they are now referred to with multiple names. So you can no-longer book meeting room 120 (they never had numbers, why would that make sense). You have to book a room for a meeting by one name, but tell all the invitees that it is in the old-name/new-name room, which does no one any good because these names give no indication of where the room actually is, so then there is often a third description of the room: old-name/new-name (in the basement by the …). Why can’t they just be numbered? Because someone named them (trying to be cute), and the NAME of the thirteenth floor is fifteen, which is still somewhat more descriptive than meeting room with the name of Fluff. Where is the Fluff room? I don’t know, but I am sure that meeting must be important.


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