Based on some experiences I have had in the last year with my fantastic baby Chaim Yosef, I have come up with some important rules to take in consideration when using the elevator in mass transit locations.
The first rule is that if you are completely able bodied and are not accompanying someone who needs to use the elevator, you have absolutely no reason to use the elevator — you can either take the stairs or use the escalator if that is available.
Speaking of the escalator, if you are on the escalator and are standing, remember to bear right to be all right — let the escalator walkers walk to your left.
If you have a child with you that is able to walk on his or her own, you do not need to be taking the elevator — the escalator is just as good for you.
If you are feeling tired from a long day of shopping, you still do not need to use the elevator — particularly if you are in Macy’s and the escalator is right around the corner.
As a parent who is pushing a stroller, you absolutely should be using the elevator, however there is something that you too should bear in mind.
When you enter the elevator with your spouse and baby in his or her stroller, do not just stop right after entering the elevator.
Let me bring a possibly abrasive fact to your attention — you are not the only people in the world interested in taking the elevator!
Now that you have made it into the elevator, make sure to push the button corresponding to your destination floor — if it helps, there are only two floors to choose in the elevator so you can hit both and still make it, as opposed to those of you who choose to stare at the wall of the elevator and hope for the best.
I’m really glad that we have gone over the new rules of the elevator — if we can just stick to them, the elevator experience can be better for all of us who really have a need to use it.