As most of you know, I’ve been working in a high-rise office building for about five months now. This is the first time I’ve worked in such a location.

After riding the office elevators day in and day out I’ve developed a new pet peeve. People who take the elevators for two floors or less really bug me. Come on people, the stairs are clearly marked on every damn floor of the building. Would it kill you to walk up a single flight of stairs?

The worst offenders are the ones who get in on the ground floor and then press the “2” button. What the hell is their problem? Are they so inconvenienced that a single flight of stairs would ruin their day?

Don’t even get me started on the people use the elevator to go down a single floor. These lazy office bums won’t even let gravity assist them down the stairs. It’s gotten to the point where I start to roll my eyes at these 1fers or 2fers. I’m afraid one day I’ll actually make a comment aloud to some of these people.

So what’s it to me? Let’s say I get on at the bottom and I’m going up to 12. Everytime one of these 1fers get on my damn elevator, that’s like 10 seconds for them to get on and then another 10 seconds for them to get off. If I get just three of these up to 12, I’m over a minute beyond my normal travel time.

Now, don’t think I paint everyone with the same broad brush. I’d like to think I have perspective on issues. Very often I see people get on the elevator with stacks of documents or boxes in theirs arms and if they do need to go up or down one floor, sure that’s very reasonable. Sometimes people have mail carts or trolleys, so yeah, the elevator is the only way to go. One lady even got on cradling several large books in her arms and she actually apologized for going up one floor. No apology was needed of course but I appreciated the sentiment. I only wish the corporate suits with nothing in their hands would be more like-minded.

And that’s what grinds my gears today.

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