Revolving Door Etiquette
Last year, my boss and I were going to lunch and I mentioned after going through the revolving door, “You know, you’re allowed to go through these doors first.” He said, “I know that, but most people don’t and I don’t want them to think I’m rude.” My reply: “Well, you know and I know, so let’s stop living a lie.”
Traditionally, a man enters first. The thinking is that the male of the species, being physically stronger, should have an easier time starting the door spinning. While this is still a courteous thing to do, most people don’t know about the custom nowadays.
Then yesterday, a new revolving door issue surfaced. I entered the office through the revolving door with my cowoker, and he asked me, “Are you a revolving door freeloader?” With total honestly, I looked at him and replied in the affirmative. I then took it as an opportunity to remind him that the gentleman is supposed to enter first to push the door for the lady.
In my opinion, a lady in a revolving door with men is perfectly justified being a freeloader and exerting no force. However, if it is all ladies going through the door, the Revolving Door Freeloader is an abomination–every lady must do her part.
So, while these rules may be little known, I know. And now all of you know. So, as I said to my boss: Let’s stop living a lie! Ladies, enter the revolving door behind the gentleman so he can do the heavy lifting. However, if you are a lady entering with another lady, freeloading is not an option! You’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and use your muscles.