The Ups and Downs of Elevator Etiquette

Elevator etiquette is more art than science, but there are some things that are non-negotiable. For example, a gentlemen should always allow women and old folks to enter and exit first — and nobody should rush into the elevator until people are done getting off.

There are loads of elevator rules — and at you’ll find a very good list of them — as well as a lively discussion of the finer points.

But here’s the thing: in my building lately I’ve noticed an extremely annoying behavior which, oddly, is perpetrated by people being unnecessarily polite. There have been numerous incidents of other men allowing me to enter the elevator before them. That’s not only uncomfortable, but I believe it’s a violation of the Man Code.

Look, when two men are waiting for the elevator, the one closest to the door enters first. Unless I’m a woman, elderly, or an elderly woman don’t stand aside and let me go before you. It’s simply not cool. Don’t do it. Ever.

The only time you may allow me to go first is if you’re doing so jokingly in faux deference — or maybe if I’m the UPS guy and I have a sh*tload of packages. In that case I need the elevator more than you do, so get the hell out oif my way, would you please?

6 thoughts on “The Ups and Downs of Elevator Etiquette

  1. I’m with you, Rob.

    Well . . . not WITH you, exactly . . . perhaps it’s better to say: I’m shoving you to the side, to properly embrace the truth of this post.

    And by “embrace” I mean “pummel, in a brisk, masculine fashion.”

    Stop looking at me. Now.

    1. I’m just twisted enough to suspect men are doing this as a play for dominance, as if entering the elevator last is a power thing.

  2. ***Unless I’m a woman, elderly, or an elderly woman don’t stand aside and let me go before you.***
    It’s kinda hard to tell what/which you are if you’re dressed in drag, especially if you emulate Ernestine. Some people will do anything to get on the elevator first.
    Best thing to do is dress as yourself…3 piece suit, bowler and spats.

  3. The solution to that is to walk on the elevator first, and then pee in it, so the other guy knows that he can’t enter, ever.

  4. 2 Penn Plaza had elevators with sensors that detected movement – – no one entering within 2 seconds (or 2 ‘NY Minutes’), doors started to shut, and shut quickly. People new to the building would sometimes have an elevator stand-off, then just watch the doors close. It was kind of funny to watch, but if you were deep in the scrum, it got irritating fast.

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