Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Elevator Etiquette Has Its Ups And Downs

HARRISBURG, Penn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s hard to believe something as simple as getting on and off an elevator can be the source of lots of etiquette blunders.

But that’s the case and a man in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is try to improve things.

Bill Crawford is the author of a new etiquette manual, Elevator Rules (Lulu), and he says the single most common – and most annoying – elevator faux pas is getting onto an elevator before all the people have exited.

Other annoying elevator errors cited by Crawford include taking it up one floor instead of taking the stairs and pushing the call button repeatedly.

Crawford says his experience in the corporate world helped him come up with the rules for behavior and believes, if used properly, taking the elevator can be a learning experience.

As he puts it, “It’s a unique social environment and how people behave in the elevator is a good indicator of their personalities. People who are rude in the elevator tend to be rude when they’re out of it.”

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