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Etiquette Expert Explains The Elevator

In the city, a lot of us ride an elevator at least five days a week, and at least five days a week, we share a trip with someone who just completely disregards every rule of "the unspoken elevator-code."

Here are some examples of disobeyed elevator etiquette that people on the street told us about:

"When we say hi and they don't answer," says one.

"People who don't look up to see what floor they're on," says another.

"People smacking gum," says a third.

"Any form of consumer banter," opines a fourth.

"Pushing like two or three buttons because you're confused and then we all have to wait for you," says another.

"An elevator is like any public place, only tighter and more confined," says Cooper Ray, via Skype.

When it comes to elevator-rides, etiquette expert Cooper Ray loathes phone calls more than anything else.

"Cell phones, ugh, like any noise that invades someone's space is the rudest thing you can do," advises Ray.

Cooper says that once you make eye contact with a frantic elevator-dasher, you've then committed to holding the door.

"Or at least die trying," says Ray.

Men should allow women to exit before them, but not at the inconvenience of every other passenger.

"There's nothing more frustrating than a man determined to be chivalrous and standing there, allowing the women to go off when he could have just as easily stepped off, which would've been more polite," says Ray.

For those who feel a shared ride indicates the blossoming of a beautiful friendship, well you've just described Cooper's tower of terror.

"I'm all about an elevator pitch, so I can pitch someone in like 20 seconds in an elevator," says Ray.

Instead, cut yourself off at a polite hello, he advises.

"Don't strike up a conversation. It's like being trapped in a plane seat," says Ray.

And if that's too much for you or you worry it's too much for your fellow passengers, you can always just take the stairs.

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