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The elevator code

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In the city, a lot of us ride an elevator at least five days a week. That means five days a week we share a trip with someone who completely disregards every rule of the unspoken elevator code.

"When we say hi and they don't answer," two women said.

"People who don't look up to see what floor they're on," one man said.

"People smacking gum," a young woman said.

"Any form of consumer banter," another man said.

"Pushing like two or three buttons because you're confused and then we all have to wait for you," an older man said.

Etiquette expert K. Cooper Ray is familiar with all those violations of the elevator code.

"An elevator," he said, "is like any public place--only tighter and more confined."

And when it comes to elevator rides, Ray loathes phone calls more than anything else.

"Cell phones," he said. "Ugh. Like any other noise that invades someone's space, [talking on the phone] is the rudest thing you can do."

Ray says: Once you make eye contact with a frantic elevator-dasher, you've then committed to holding the door.

"Or at least die trying," he said.

Men should allow women to exit before them but not at the inconvenience of every other passenger.

"There's nothing more frustrating than a man determined to be chivalrous and standing there allowing every woman to go off when he could have just as easily stepped off," Ray said, "which would've been more polite."

For those who feel a shared ride, indicates the blossoming of a beautiful friendship:

"I'm all about an elevator pitch," a young man told Fox 5. "I can pitch someone in like 20 seconds in an elevator."

Well, he just described Ray's personal Tower of Terror. Instead, cut yourself off at a polite hello.

"Don't strike up a conversation," Ray said. "It's like being trapped in a plane seat."

And if that's too much for you or you worry it's too much for your fellow passengers, you can always just take the stairs.

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