I’ve often wondered why many elevator riders act a certain way only when inside an elevator cabin. When I was younger, for some unknown reason, I had a habit of being less social during this form of vertical transportation. Whereas I would smile or speak to someone I’d happen to make eye contact with on the street, I found myself looking at my shoes or the closed cabin door when joined with a stranger in an elevator.
I didn’t even notice my odd behavior until when a friend asked me, “Why are there these unwritten rules that only apply to riding elevators?” Since we couldn’t come up with an answer, I decided to make an effort to act more natural in elevators in the future, and I hope this has left others with a smile on their faces, too. Maybe it even helped them break their own elevator-riding rules!
Here is proof that I’m not just making up the existence of unwritten elevator laws. And this one is about escalator rules! Some people put a lot of thought into theirs, but I say to get rid of them! We have enough laws to abide by, don’t you think?
Do you have any “rules for riding” that you think are important enough to share with the industry? If so, contact the ELEVATOR WORLD Editorial Department at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can help you inform the rest of us.