When stepping out this summer, whether for business or pleasure, observing the rules of good behavior will always make your day or evening go more smoothly.
• Stay to the right and walk to the left to pass. This rule applies to all escalators in department stores, shopping malls, or subways.
• Don’t stand directly behind the person in front of you (especially if you have a suitcase on wheels). Skip at least one step so when you exit there will be room for each of you to exit.
• Always hold on to the rail in case of sudden stops.
• If you have shopping bags, they go directly in front of you to allow others to pass to the left.
• Don’t bring a cart or stroller on an escalator; they are not allowed and can be dangerous.
• Don’t stop at either end. This can cause an accident.
In a crowded elevator, which we have all experienced, use patience.
• Wait for passengers to exit before you enter.
• If you are going to a lower floor, stand toward the front.
• If you are going to an upper floor, move all the way to the back.
• When someone needs to exit, step aside or out if necessary to let him or her pass.
• Hold the door open for others and offer to push their floor button.
• Men may leave their hats on in elevators.
• Avoid eating, drinking, and talking on your cell phone. After all, the ride is short.
Limousines and Taxicabs
Courteous behavior also applies to private transportation.
• Don’t bother the driver with excessive conversation, as he or she will need to concentrate on the road!
• The best seat in the back of a limousine or taxi is curbside, diagonal to the driver. This seat is reserved for dignitaries, important clients, or senior executives. It’s also where the owner of a limousine sits when riding alone, and where you should sit when riding in a taxi alone.
• Junior executives should wait until senior executives are seated in a limousine.
• If several people are traveling in a limousine, the VIP seats are in the back, the next in status is a jump seat, and the lowest on the totem pole is the front seat.
• If two senior and three junior executives are traveling in a limousine, they should seat themselves as follows: senior man curbside and the next senior man next to him; two of the junior executives take the jump seats, and the third takes the front seat.
• When a man is escorting a woman socially, contrary to popular belief, he should enter the vehicle first, always from curbside; he then slides over and the woman enters the car. The driver then closes the door.
Movie Theater Etiquette
• Validate your parking ticket before the movie begins so you won’t forget after the film or get caught in long lines.
• Turn off all electronic devices before the movie begins. Even texting distracts your neighbors.
• Never talk in the theater once the movie begins.
• Popcorn and candy wrappers can be quite noisy. Keep chomping and unwrapping to a minimum during quiet movie scenes.
• If you need to make a call, excuse yourself to the lobby.
• Take empty cups, popcorn bags, and food wrappers with you when you leave and deposit them in the trash outside the theater door.
• If someone is talking loudly or using a cell phone, don’t confront them. Ask the movie staff for assistance.
• Be courteous to those around you, and enjoy the film!