When My Elevator Etiquette Came Back to Bite Me

When you live in a strata complex, elevator etiquette is of the upmost importance. It’s a thing condo people must put up with, which people in regular homes wouldn’t have to.

Elevator Etiquette

There are quite a few etiquette things. One of my pet peeves is parking garage etiquette, but I’ll save that rant for another day.

Today I’m up in arms about elevator etiquette

Much of the time I avoid the elevator for these reasons.

  • The elevator is slow
  • There are only four floors in my building
  • No one seems to know how to practice elevator etiquette

Here’s what happens: I’m in the elevator and it reaches my floor. I begin to exit said elevator when someone decides to get in.

So then I have to step out of the way, then step around the new person and catch the door before it closes.

Not cool right?

At first I apologized when this happened, assuming they just didn’t see me exiting or something but not anymore.

Now? Death stare.

And I think Yeah buddy, now you’re getting the death stare. Because you don’t know how to behave on an elevator.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to admit this in case I was wrong so I did a bit of a Google investigation.

It didn’t take much searching. Yup, I was right. It’s rude.

Elevator etiquette is of the upmost importance

But the fun doesn’t end there, oh no. Actually this is quite a contentious topic! People feel strongly about how you should behave in an elevator. There are entire websites about it.

I’d link them but, well, I can’t be bothered

But here’s one of the best “rules,” which showed up on a few pages. The issue of talking to people on the elevator.

It’s a no-no.

Well, it’s OK if you already know the person, but if you don’t know the person apparently it’s bad form to speak in the elevator.

I’m actually guilty of breaking this one. I thought it was called being friendly.

So…perhaps I’m that guy everyone dreads seeing on the elevator cause she talks. And they want to get back at me by blocking my elevator exit.

I probably deserve it.

Extra credit: How to Practice Good Elevator Etiquette

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I hate the elevator in my building. It's so slow. There are only four floors in my building. And no one seems to know how to practice elevator etiquette.

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My name is Robyn Roste and I'm a freelance writer in Abbotsford, BC. I help purpose-driven businesses translate their heart message into words so they can create meaningful connections with their customers.