From the time I was a small child, I was taught to let the people out of the elevator before trying to get on. The people in small spaces should come out, before people from the larger space attempt to get in. This makes sense to me.
I am learning that some people never learned this lesson. If they were taught, many people leave the small space and stand in the doorway so that others can’t get in. This doesn’t make sense, either. Move.
In the last week, this has happened to me many times. I was stuck in a train because people were shoving their way in, without letting me out. I was stuck in a cafeteria because people were standing in the doorway saying goodbye. I was stuck in a public restroom because several people were trying to get in the door, and would not pause to let me step out of the doorway. Really?
The worst one was when I was trying to leave a bathroom stall. A woman waiting to get in saw me open the door and immediately decided to go into the stall. Hello! I’m still in here. Are you really going to try to use the restroom with me still in here? Give me two seconds to walk out.
I think I should start offering common sense lessons. Unfortunately, those who really need them don’t realize that they need them. Maybe I should start handing out cards and informing people they need them, like it or not.