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Old 3rd March 2016, 17:46   #16
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One teenager in our building had the fetish of urinating in the elevator just because he could & nobody could find out.
Speaking of strange fetishes , in my co-brother's upscale apartment in Bangalore , a dog had the practice of pooping only and ONLY in the elevator with the proper guidance and encouragement of the dog owner , every day , like clock work the poop would appear magically and it took some detective work and CCTV to unearth the source of poop
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Adding to your list, something which is very prevalent in the crowded shopping malls

Boarding the down elevator when intended to go up and vice versa and thus block the space. I hope I am clear as the concept is quite twisted.
Imagine standing at the basement of a mall, waiting for your elevator and it comes full with no one getting out. They have boarded the down elevator midway to block the space with the intention of going upstairs.

You will be stranded in the basement for a lifetime, if you yourself don't take the stairs and go one or two floors upstairs and board the DOWN elevator to go UP.

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How come the most prevalent mischief has been missed so far?
Chewing gum, gentlemen.

Always stuck below the rail bars, for stairs and inside the lift, which are supposed to be there to hold on to.

Of course you also have this spitting of red juices all around. No corner is spared.

Civic sense is not lacking, it is absent in its totality.

Those from Pune would know this - People sitting and chatting, some of them just keep spitting every 5 minutes. And no, they are not tobacco chewers. They just are in the habit of spitting, and do not bother to find a suitable place to spit (gutter, etc). They spit right there. When you throw an qustionable glance at them, they do it again !

Sadly, no amount of education can change such mentality.

EDIT: Such are the moments, which I see a few times daily, when I think about my decision of not taking up an opening abroad from my curent employer couple of years back.
And people who make noises like waaak/woook with their mouths; like getting ready to spit but they don't and of all the places in the office. Go to the rest room buddy. Spit it out ! Spit it out !! All well dressed and civilized with this nasty habit.
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I think everyone has forgotten that our Govt. ACTUALLY advertises that we must use our handkerchief while sneezing in a public place (in the Swine Flu Ads) and then expect the general public to clap at us.
So expecting anything as inconvenient as Etiquette is a daydream we all wish to see someday.

I have lived for more than 20 years in many cities but fortunately every time on Ground Floor and recently around 8 months back or so have moved to Third Floor and have experienced so many characters who use the elevators in our society. The best one is a Sr. Citizen man who lives on III Floor has a habit of reading newspaper in the society garden with a large mug of coffee, so he only knows how to open the Elevator's sliding door while going down with a large mug in his hand and not close it back, and at the morning rush hour when kids go to school, results in massive inconvenience. So after many reminders, he obliged us. But I have stopped using the elevator by then.

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I find the smokers most irritating. I generally avoid the lifts, but certain times they become unavoidable. What gets my goat is when a group of smokers enter the lift fresh after their dose of nicotine. The stench inside the lift is UNBEARABLE.

A bit of mint/mouth freshener isn't as expensive as the cigarette.
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At one of those mega sale days, I see a couple having just one loaf of bread in hand waiting for the lift.

In line included shoppers with heavy carts and or elderly.

I even spoke that you people please take my cart if you wish to go downstairs by using the lift and let me carry your loaf of bread, the thick-skinned people didn't even look at me and others were giving out wry smile.

With few strands of grey hair, I didn't probe much and went back to my cart, not worth.

Wonder what kind of values will they provide to their kids. [They were normal, no disabilities etc]
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Lack of elevator etiquette is a universal phenomenon - not limited to India.


How about constantly pressing the elevator call button / floor button saying, "c'mon, c'mon - hurry up!"? This is a very common one that I've noticed in the US as well as India.


Was also reminded of the sliding grate type doors in older building elevators - pressing your nose in between the greasy iron grate and shouting "lift!, lift!".


An ignorant elderly couple living in my parents building in Mumbai had the habit of disconnecting the in-elevator intercom telephone and taking it home with them because their grand-child liked playing with the thing.

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Adding another one which happened couple of years back but i remember it very well because it involved my Sister who was pregnant 6-7 months, I think.

We had recently opened a new office to which obviously we had kept a function and invited friends and family, Its a big commercial building which is newly constructed which results in long queue at times even after 4 lifts working continously.

While me my sister, Mom, Dad were waiting patiently for the lift to come, I took my Sister and mom ahead of the queue and asked them to go first since all the guys waiting ahead were young people, Now would it really hurt someones ego if they let a woman and a pregnant woman skip the line and go ahead? But to my surprise couple of people asked them to move back to the line to which i had to handle them a bit.. Thanks to my muscles... Ahem.. They got angry and used the stairs. While there were also a couple of people who insisted that they go first.

I was just thinking to myself, Is it really true that common sense isn't very common these days??

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I am born and raised in Pune , and lived here most of my life.

Firstly, there is a huge difference between the Punekars of today and yesteryears ( probably applies to cities like Bangalore and Hyd. too). Sorry, I don't have too many good things to say about the new breed.

Secondly , and this is the horrifying part: Can anyone see this situation improving? I mean, their kids are going to learn the same crap and continue this obnoxious behaviour.

Nothing disgusts me more than seeing a well dressed individual wearing an co. IT tag, and behaving worse in public than the worst redneck I ever came across in the States.

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How about this very annoying habit ? There are guys who just wouldn't remove their back pack while entering the elevator. They care two hoots when they callously press their laptop bags or their backpacks into others tummies. I've myself been a victim of getting out of the elevator with a big stain mark on my pristine white shirt.

What does it take for them to just hold their backpacks in their hands near the legs ! Uff!
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How about this very annoying habit ? There are guys who just wouldn't remove their back pack while entering the elevator.
+1 to that ! Is this not simple common sense ? Board the elevator, removing your backpack and if you are first one, press your floor button and move to the back.

One incident that I can recall. In my office building, I was travelling from the basement to the 5th floor. A load of youngsters filled in on the ground floor. Now I was expecting the overload siren to go off since there were certainly more people than the lift could accommodate.

The siren did not go off and the lift started moving. As soon as we neared the second floor, the lift suddenly slowed down, stopped and started moving downwards !!

It gained a little momentum and then semi-crashed a little below the -1 level. Some occupants panicked and had to be calmed down. We pressed the siren and also called security on the intercom. They came soon enough and helped us out by prying the doors open. We had to literally climb up to get out of the elevator.

Now people should not have come into the lift in such numbers but then the siren also did not go off and the lift started moving after the doors shut themselves. That was one scary moment when the lift suddenly started sliding down !! Isn't there some provision to brake if this happens ?

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1. People not waiting for other people to alight from the elevator and simply rushing in as if it is going to be the last one for the day.
This is true in all places where the entry, exit are same and must be shared. For instance, Singapore MRT has these markings. In fact entry queues are formed along the red lines.
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The bare-minimum lane-markings, pedestrian crossing markings are missing on our roads. To expect all elevators, metro doors to have the guide marks is expecting too much.

In our country unknown persons are seen with contempt, disdain & scorned. Hence the lack of respect for fellow citizens & missing etiquette in public places. Governments of India recently launched a 'mission' to keep the public places clean. Maybe after 10 years, they might have to launch one more mission to educate people on proper public etiquette.

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Adding to your list, something which is very prevalent in the crowded shopping malls

Boarding the down elevator when intended to go up and vice versa and thus block the space. I hope I am clear as the concept is quite twisted.
Imagine standing at the basement of a mall, waiting for your elevator and it comes full with no one getting out. They have boarded the down elevator midway to block the space with the intention of going upstairs.

You will be stranded in the basement for a lifetime, if you yourself don't take the stairs and go one or two floors upstairs and board the DOWN elevator to go UP.
Same thing happens in the office building where i work.
Everyday I park in the basement, and if it's not early in the day, the elevator comes down from G to B with a few people / packed, out of which some esteemed souls get down at 1st floor.
So they go 1 floor down and then go 2 floors up - such is the attraction of using the elevator!
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So they go 1 floor down and then go 2 floors up - such is the attraction of using the elevator!
It's like they are reserving their space, similar to reserving a seat in a bus, sometimes with a hanky. The habit of their parents pass down the generation .

People should realise that pressing only the button indicating the intended direction of travel saves time for everyone.
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what a thread and i am glad i can rant my two pieces here (many others have been covered)

1. coming from the cafeteria and drinking tea/coffee with that special slurrrrpp sound (you know what i mean) in the elevator

2. if you entered to the lobby and there are few people waiting, let them go first but no will rush and enter first oblivious of the other person pain who had been waiting first.

Oh, feels relived and now off to take the elevator!!!
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