We haven’t referenced any textbooks about Proper Manners, but recently formed some very clear opinions regarding the gentlemanly way to enter and exit all sorts of doors in all sorts of situations. Following is our gospel on the subject:
EXITING FROM INDOORS TO OUT ON A COLD DAY = The cold individual on the outside of the door should be allowed to enter before the insider exits.
EXITING FROM A PUBLIC BATHROOM = The individual inside the restroom must be allowed to get outta’ dodge before the man with the full bladder enters.
EXITING OR ENTERING ANY DOOR ON THE SAME SIDE AS A FEMALE SEMI-SIMULTANEOUSLY = The man should go a little “old school” and hold the door for any and all females.
HOLDING A DOOR OPEN FOR HOW LONG = The original door opener can hold for up to two “parties,” but proper form only dictates he hold for his cohesive group.
HOLDING A DOOR WITH A RANDOM PERSON LESS THAN 10 FEET BEHIND = The courteous thing to do is at least hold the door ajar (do the “pass off”) for the follower and he can take it from there.
ELEVATOR = In all situations, those currently on the elevator should be allowed to exit before new passengers board. Ladies, seniors, children and anyone holding something heavy get first shot at exiting. Hold the “open” button during this process for extra points.