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Old 20.07.2012, 13:47
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Re: Elevator etiquette

In the UK - walk in, press button, walk out. Whoever wants to get off nearest the doors gets off first. It's so easy.

In Germany - walk in, press button, wait and stare around for any women to get off first, say "bye" and walk out.

In Switzerland - walk in, push people away from the buttons, push button, make eye contact to see if anyone expects you to say "bye", walk out.
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Old 20.07.2012, 14:01
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Re: Elevator etiquette

I would always step aside to allow someone in a wheelchair or someone with walking difficulties i.e on crutches or with a walking stick.
I only use lifts if I have luggage and after getting off the airport train in Bern wheeling a suitcase in each hand and with a handbag the size of a weekend bag. I went to the lifts and I was the only one there until the lift doors open and as I tried to get on I got shoved as other people without suitcases, prams etc...just lazy people imo) wanted to get on first. I finally managed to get on but I noticed that when a young woman and a pushchair tried to get on they wouldn't move further in the lift to allow her to get on.
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Old 20.07.2012, 14:01
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had to google them, but a couple years ago, there was one in use in the sports store on the main stretch in Bern. First time seeing it it blew my mind in terms of safety hazard. My SO at the time refused to use it :P
It is in Vaucher Sport, Marktgasse 27, 3011 Bern http://map.search.ch/bern/marktgasse-27

Etiquette? You allow everyone to leave, raising your hat to each lady. Then allow the riff raff to fight their way on. Then you enter the lift, turn around and smile to yourself, as you know you will be first out, LIFO is well known in electronics.
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Old 20.07.2012, 14:05
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Re: Elevator etiquette

In my experience

UK offices:- queue nicely, women ALWAYS allowed to go first, often ask others which floor they need, after that don't say anything.

Swiss offices:- first person to arrive at the lift goes in first, if a woman is last to arrive, she's last in, always say goodbye/have a nice day/etc.

On stairs, in the main offices I have been in in Switzerland the stairs are very easy to access, very prominent in the entrance hall. In the UK the stairs are usually hidden away behind the lifts in a fire escape so I think people naturally tend to use them less.
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Old 20.07.2012, 14:06
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Only elevator etiquette I care about is just the "no farting" rule.

Actually I've been taking the stairs more lately. There's not many buildings over 5 stories that I frequent anyway. And if someone farts, it's just incentive to walk faster.

I actually enjoy farting in elevators...

Otherwise, I feel like it's just kind of wasted.
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In Switzerland we generally take the stairs
Beat me to it!
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Re: Elevator etiquette

Growing up in Paris, I discovered that kissing in the lift is a prelude to passion. Of course only if you are alone with one's lover. It is the thrill associated with the risk of being caught, not the certainty of incurring the disdain of Mme. Dupond.

My building being full of couples with young children and retired people, I take the stairs leaving the lift to those who really need it.
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Old 20.07.2012, 20:11
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I have to resist the urge to snigger childishly whenever someone waiting for a lift says "going down?"
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Old 20.07.2012, 20:14
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I actually enjoy farting in elevators....
That's just wrong on so many levels...
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Old 20.07.2012, 20:30
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It is in Vaucher Sport, Marktgasse 27, 3011 Bern http://map.search.ch/bern/marktgasse-27
Yes, I was surprised to see that when I was in Vaucher a couple of years ago, is it still there?

The only other place I have ever seen one of these was at Sheffield University in 1977 (I was there for an interview). Much bigger than the Vaucher one, I seem to remember it served at least five floors.
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Old 20.07.2012, 20:47
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There used to be a paternoster at imperial college chemistry dept. Sadly a workman tried to ride it with a long wooden board, and was decapitated by it after it got caught between the fixed ceiling and the floor of the lift. It was decomissioned... 1986
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Old 20.07.2012, 20:51
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I actually enjoy farting in elevators...
I've always preferred crop dusting at the cube farm.

And I've always thought it was a bit of a coincidence that a company called Schindler made lifts.
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Old 20.07.2012, 21:07
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And I've always thought it was a bit of a coincidence that a company called Schindler made lifts.
Haha me too!

I find it amusing how people fill a lift awkwardly. People often take the corners first, then file around the edges, leaving a large space in the middle which others wishing to board often feel awkward occupying and wave off the lift for the next one.

I always also want test lift capacity. Ours are 18 people I think, whilst large, i want to try and test whether possible.

Lastly, the forever living child in me loves to jump up and down when someone says I hate lifts.
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Old 20.07.2012, 22:49
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Re: Elevator etiquette

The only elevator etiquette that I have known and lived by my whole life in Arizona USA is to stand aside to let those on the elevator exit first and then enter in an orderly manner, stepping far to the back or sides first so as many may enter as possible. Calling out the floor you need to whomever is standing by the key pad.

Seems like a good plan to me.

And I grew up in the USA.

The people I know who don't follow that are usually teenagers I have taken with me on a trip to a journalism convention and I teach them elevator etiquette.

And, yes, it's always a drag to ride silently with the odd quietness broken only by the noise of the elevator.

I have not experienced the joy of the SBD.....lol But it's a thought.
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Old 20.07.2012, 23:05
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What's wrong with farting in lifts? I have to put up with Women wearing a years worth of perfume in a single day.
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Old 20.07.2012, 23:06
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Re: Elevator etiquette

In my experience, elevators and bars are where Americans and the Swiss are most different.

USA: Talk and joke with the people around you or everybody will think you're weird
Switzerland: Don't talk to other people or they will think you're weird

(No need to tell you I prefer to ride the American elevators)
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Old 20.07.2012, 23:13
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I was musing with a colleague this morning ( yes, on the lift elevator, about yes... wait for it.. elevator etiquette.

in the states it was every man for himself, but here, in my building at least it's "man the lifeboats" women and children first.

Is that a Swiss thing or is it really just that we Americans are rude?

and, assuming you have lifts ( so much easier to type than elli-va-ter ) in your building what rules do you apply?
When entering you greet people by "Grüetzi wohl" or if there is more than one "Grüezii Mittenand" and when leaving you say "Adieu" or "Widersää"

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That's why there are elevators in 3 story buildings.
This gives a chance to some to show their fitness. But to many it comes in nicely when having some heavy material (from shopping but on return from military service, or on return from holidays, for example)
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When entering you greet people by "Grüetzi wohl" or if there is more than one "Grüezii Mittenand" and when leaving you say "Adieu" or "Widersää"
I do that only in cities that have a population of not more than 5 people
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What's wrong with farting in lifts? I have to put up with Women wearing a years worth of perfume in a single day.
Some of that perfume is like "eau de methane"...
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Old 20.07.2012, 23:32
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Re: Elevator etiquette

I am always puzzled on how people managed to fart in public without feeling any kind of shame or embarrassment.
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