Opening the door for the person behind you.
September 28, 2010
Your first thought when approaching a door is to look back and see how far the next person is behind you. If they are close enough that you would recognize their face if you knew them, then you must hold the door open for them.
If you think they’re close enough but aren’t sure, then you actually are sure. They are. Wait it out. They’ll thank you, and you potentially will have made their day. Now, there is some controversy with this one. Twice in my life I have opened the door for the person behind me, both women, and this gesture has been taken as an insult. One woman said “I don’t need the door opened for me”, which may have been literal or meant something bigger, I’m not sure. The other time I was met with an eye roll and a “No thanks, go ahead”. I decided to stay the course though. I still open and hold the door for the person behind me, and so should you. If your intentions are pure, that’s good enough. Opening doors is timeless. Don’t let it die. *Note* Opening the car door for someone is a different topic for another time, but is still awesome.