we were at the international clinic yesterday for yet another check-up - we took the lift from the second floor down to the ground floor - as we reached level zero the doors opened, my husband walked out, but a woman blocked my way as she stubbornly insisted to walk in - i stood in front of her completely stunned, she didn't have the decency to let me out first - i thought well, may be she had an emergency.. but the same thing happened again 10 minutes later on our way up and with a different woman.
this behavior is so common around here it drives me crazy! whether you are in a mall, in a hospital, or visiting friends, some people can't wait for the person to exit the elevator, they simply storm in even if the cabin is full.. and if you ever complain, they give you attitude as if it is their right to walk in first!
so i did some research on elevator etiquette and found this interesting article that you can read here - elevator etiquette 101 confirms my views as it says:
Let’s not get anxious: Scenerio: You've been waiting forever to get on the elevator. OK, maybe you've really only been waiting 30 seconds, but wow, that just seems like forever. I understand you might get really excited when the elevator arrives, but stay calm. First, let's wait for the door to open. After the door opens, PAUSE, and look in the elevator. Is there someone in there? If the answer is "yes" then you need to wait for that person to get off the elevator. You see, when you rush to jump on the elevator you block the person already on the elevator from getting off. This delays things and we don't like delays, right? Sometimes the person on the elevator gets caught in the door. This is awkward and dangerous. Just staying calm and pausing before getting on the elevator can prevent so many problems.
let me add one more perspective to this dilemma - people inside the cabin are actually very anxious to get out and for different reasons - some people are claustrophobic, some are shy, some are not comfortable being with strangers invading their private space, so PEOPLE LET US OUT FIRST!!! because if you don't, i am walking all over the person who will stand in my way!