The Elevator Door Close Rule
If you are on an elevator and there is one person or a crowd of people behind you and you press the door close button, then chances are that you're an ass.
It's true. There is no escaping it. At the very least, you have ass tendencies. Meaning, you may be a good person, but not really.
One thing that you may not be aware of is people know you as that guy/girl who always rushes to the elevator to close the door in everyone's face. Come on. We SEE you closing the door on us. Everyday we see you pick up your step a little bit, trying not to look back, pressing the button, and closing the door on everyone. It is the opposite of a good thing to do.
Contrary to your belief, pressing the close door button is not the same as simply not holding the door open for anyone (also an ass thing to do, but I digress). No, it's the same as slamming the door in someone's face. The reason is because it's deliberate. It's not something that you accidentally do. It's an intentionally selfish action.
Before getting on the elevator a GOOD PERSON looks back to see if there is anyone behind them. If anyone is in their line of sight and appears to be approaching, they hold the door.
A GOOD PERSON may even simply walk into the elevator without looking back; however, with the understanding that someone maybe behind them, they do NOT press the close door button.
A BAD PERSON rushes to the elevator without looking back so that they have more opportunity to close the door on people who may be walking a little slower than them.
A HORRIBLE PERSON rushes to the elevator knowing that people are only steps away and still closes the door on them.
Which one are you?
One last thing: The close door button is for when the doors are not closing. If you get on an elevator, wait the 4 seconds it takes for the doors to close behind you. If you're in a hurry to get somewhere, pressing that button will not make a difference. Chill out and be nice.
*This posting is dedicated to the woman that rides the Path Train to Exchange Place at approximately 6:10am every morning and, without fail, closes the elevator door on the 10 people that are only 5 steps behind you. I sincerely hope that you realize how selfish you're being and change your ways someday.