Kimberly’s Burn Book: Elevator Etiquette, or Lack Thereof

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Welcome to Kimberly’s Burn Book, a feature in which I complain about things that annoy, irritate, or frustrate me. In other words, pretty much everything.

It always astonishes me, especially in a business setting, when people who are supposedly well-educated do not act in a way that displays this supposed education. In short, I don’t understand how some people have no manners. In shorter, LET PEOPLE GET OUT OF THE ELEVATOR BEFORE YOU GET ON.

This happens to me at work about once per week, particularly on the first floor. Now, a person with average intelligence would assume that most people who are arriving on the first floor in an elevator are going to get out, right? So why not stand to the side of the opening doors as opposed to in what I can only imagine is a runner’s pose, getting ready to charge? I really don’t understand it. And THEN, once the doors have opened, would it not make sense to wait a half of a second (up to two seconds if feeling generous) to allow the elevator passengers TO EXIT THE ELEVATOR before charging in? Why do people not do this?

It’s seriously baffling to me.

Sometimes the person brushes by me as I am trying to exit the elevator, to which I (occasionally, depending on my mood) say “EX-CUSE me!” in a loud and irritated voice.

This particular habit bothers me more, for some reason, than other violations of common etiquette, like staying to the side of a road, sidewalk, or staircase. Those oversights are more forgivable, especially in a non-business setting. Failure to let people off the elevator?

Not so much.

As Miranda Priestly would say, Am I reaching for the stars here?

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7 thoughts on “Kimberly’s Burn Book: Elevator Etiquette, or Lack Thereof

  1. Omg! I see it constantly and I find it so rude. It has become one of my pet peeves. Somebody going up got on the going down elevator without allowing others to exit and had the nerves to get upset at us, the other passengers! smh… I do not get it. I guess it is another one of those things on their way out of our society 😦


  2. Yeah its pretty bad, but its sooooo much worse in Hong Kong, people don’t even pretend to let you off. they rush in and you have to wait for them to get in before you can even get out. Oh and don’t get me started on the subway, those a-holes rush in and then noone can get out. ugh. This rant has been brought to you by a former ex-pat glad to be back in america


  3. How about people wanting to go down and they press both button it makes the other elevator make an unnecessary stop.


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