The elevator is a particularly unique social environment that we all have to tolerate, some of us daily and some just every once in a while. They’re actually a common mode of…let’s call it transportation for lack of a better phrase. ElevatorRater says, “Every three days, elevators carry the equivalent of Earth’s entire population!”
Recently, elevators have made headlines as they have been the scenes of some major scandals. From Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z to the disturbing Ray Rice domestic violence situation and the recent puppy kicking incident. Desmond Hague, CEO of Centerplate, a $6 billion dollar catering company that serves major sports arenas, was forced to resign last month after video of him kicking a puppy in an elevator went viral and caused a public outcry. The SPCA confiscated the puppy who, we are happy to report, is doing well. So rule #1 for elevators and life: Don’t kick puppies.
To help you stay out of trouble, here are 15 elevator etiquette rules to keep in mind.
1. Face Front
Once you board an elevator, you should face front and stay that way for the duration of your ride. Keep as much space between you and the other passengers as possible as well.