Idea: elevator indicator if people are inside


You hit the up button for an elevator. You wait. Elevator dings. You stand by the door, and then accidentally get in the way of people exiting the elevator. Oops!

Yeah, most of the time you don’t let this occur. You always try to stand clear of the doors before they open. But it does slip by and happen where you get in the way.

It sure would be handy if elevators had some sort of indicator if people were inside. Cuz then you have a reminder to stand clear of the doors when they open.

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Tom Saaristo
18 years ago

This happens to me most oftern when I’m the one trying to get on the elevator. More often than not, the people in the elevator don’t realise they’ve reached the floor they want and spend time looking at the indicator in the elevator. “Oh, are we here?” Sometimes they won’t say anything and just stand there. Then I’ll make my move to get on and they’ll say “Uh, can I get off first please?” I usually want to backhand them and say “Here let me help!” Usually I will wait to the left or the right of the door, rather than right in front of the elevator. Then I’m close without being in the way. Of course, this only works if you’re a singular person. Your chance of being in the way increases when another person decides that standing in front of the elevator is the place to be. Finally, if you are on the elevator by yourself and you are approaching your floor, move to the front of the car closest to where the door begins to open. You can exit more quickly and people who want to get on can immediately see you. What value is there in hiding in the back corner where nobody can see you as the doors are opening? People start to get on and you get trapped or irritated because you couldn’t or didn’t get off. That’s your own fault. Matt and I have had this conversation about etiquette before too. The person closest to the door exits first, whether that’s a man or a woman or a child or a pregnant woman…file out single file from closest to the door to the furthest from the door. There is no room from chivalry in an elevator. More than likely you’ll end up stepping on someone’s toes while you’re playing Cavalier. Dump it and exit when it’s your turn.

Crissy
Crissy
18 years ago

You’ve got an interesting idea there, and at first, I was pretty enthusiastic about it — until I recalled my recent experienced with the L. Have you ever noticed that no matter how many people are standing in the train, facing the door, clearly waiting to GET OUT at the next stop, the morons at the platform seem to think it would be to their benefit to push and shove their way through the doorway to get on the train before aforementioned passengers have had the opportunity to disembark? Where does this idiocy benefit anyone, really? (And, better yet, why does it happen more often than not at the Red Line Grand stop? ;o)

Crissy
Crissy
18 years ago

Ahhh, that’s right, you work at Trib Tower. My husband and I got the giggles every time we went through the revolving doors last week, as we recalled your photos! I love the Grand stop. It’s so close to everything. But you’re certainly right on the ball with your pack of hungry dogs analogy, especially at that stop late at night!

Tom Saaristo
18 years ago

HA! This is VERY humorous…I used to be all about the Grand stop on the Red Line. [I used to manage the Timberland store on Boul. Mich”> “Grand! This is Grand!” the garbbled voice would crackle…”Oh yeah? Doesn’t seem so GRAND to me!” I’d sneer. I have to say, however, Grand is MUCH more “grand” than the Chicago stop on the Red Line. Good Luck even getting on the train during Rush Hour at Chicago and State. Now…how did we go from Elevator Etiquette to “L” Etiquette. HA! I guess it’s Chicago…it always comes down to the “L”. :^”>

unlikelymoose
18 years ago

an indicator to show if there are people on the elevator? are you crazy? If they’re going to do that, they will install a coin slot so you have to pay for that stupid setup. wow. now there’s an idea. Don’t let the State of Illinois know about that: Tolls for elevators. eech.

Angie O'Neal
18 years ago

I agree! Indicators would be great. Then I wouldn’t walk into the people who take forever to step into view and off the elevator.

unlikelymoose
18 years ago

you do this with strangers? (the nickel trick)

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