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An Animated Guide To Elevator Etiquette

Simple rules for using the lift.

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1. When the doors open on an occupied car, stand to the side as if you are about to watch an exciting parade.

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2. Remember those who arrive first board first. If capacity is 7, and you're the eighth to arrive, you are out.

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3. If you must wait for the next car, for the love of all things pure and lovely, don't push the call button until the door closes.

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4. Create enough space to allow car occupants to shuffle themselves so departing passengers can emerge like victors of a great battle.

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5. Then, before boarding, allow the occupants to reenter the car. (If you do not understand why, see Rule #2)

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6. If you're wearing a backpack, please hold it in front of you. (Because it is traditional for everyone to face forward in an elevator car.)

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7. If next to the buttons, you are the ELEVATOR TEAM CAPTAIN. You can let people on Team Elevator if there is room and they hustle. (But use your power wisely.)

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8. However if you are eating food or talking on the phone, nobody will want you on Team Elevator. (Neither of those activities belong on a crowded elevator.)

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9. Finally, once inside the car, respect the space of strangers. If you have a good joke, you must wait for the right moment to share it.

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