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Bad Man Exits Elevator Before Woman Holding Ten Bath Towels

You’ll think I’m making this up, but just a few days ago I saw a man get out of an elevator before allowing the woman in the elevator to exit.

This was at a hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. The man was from out-of-town, so his actions cannot be seen as a reflection on the good people of Corpus Christi.

It happened like this—

There were three people on the elevator. Myself, the bad man, and a woman hotel employee who was carrying maybe 10 bath towels.

We were all going to the lobby.

The elevator stopped at the lobby.

The bad man got off the elevator without a thought to the woman with the towels.

It’s one thing in a very crowded elevator, but when it’s a small number of people you let a woman out first.

Especially if she is carrying many thick bath towels.

Why let a woman out first?

Because it is polite–That’s why. Doing so suggests you were not raised in a cave. It is a small social courtesy that reminds us we live in a society and that the others sometimes come first.

I saw the woman move to get out of the elevator first. It was just the slightest movement towards the door.

She gave no visible reaction when the man bad man went out first. I’m sure she is acquainted with being treated poorly by guests at the hotel.

A measure of a person is how they behave when they have the choice to be either rude or polite– How they act away from home where nobody they know can judge their actions. 

It is good to be polite and it is bad to be rude.

It’s that simple.

March 17, 2008 - Posted by | Lousy People | , , , ,


  1. When reached for comment, the Bad Man noted that he had been in a hurry to get to the day care center with his puppy cannon, so he could finish shooting puppies at a bunch of babies.

    Comment by Whosplayin | March 17, 2008

  2. Chances are he was a shit but just maybe he had just found out his mother had died in car crash or had to use the bathroom from the food he ate at the hotel earlier in the day. its hard to judge one on one action without knowing where they were moments ago or where there were going. as far as the nice lady that works at the hotel i am sure she is quite used to people walking in front of her. I would have held the door for her no doubt but you never know what one is thinking unless its yourself.

    Comment by bill brady | March 17, 2008

  3. Whosplayin—I’m glad you tracked the guy down. It would not surprise me at all that he wouls shoot puppies at babies. In fact, that’s just what I thought he was hurrying to do.

    Bill–He was rude.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 18, 2008

  4. Or leaving the food in the park/playground to attract the rats for the kids to play with.

    Comment by Newton | March 18, 2008

  5. There are people to whom service personnel are non-persons. He literally may not have even seen her.

    Comment by D White | March 20, 2008

  6. D White–Yep–Great comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 20, 2008

  7. Neil did you scare him off? 🙂

    Comment by bill brady | March 21, 2008

  8. Nope–I thought about saying something but did not. Maybe I should have spoken up at the moment, but I don’t think my wife was up for me getting into a fight while getting a few days off from work.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 21, 2008

  9. your speaking up now that is what matters, you would have wasted your breath on him.

    Comment by bill brady | March 21, 2008

  10. Bad Man? – Bad Hotel!

    I agree that in general it is polite to let the woman out of the elevator first. However, in a decent hotel any employee, male or female, will let any guest out of the elevator first.

    Comment by fancynick | April 10, 2008

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