Do You Hold Doors For People?
As I was walking in to a local convenience store just a few minutes ago, a man was walking in only a few steps in front of me. Rather than looking over his shoulder to see if anyone was behind him, he let the door close right in my face.
I don't know if it's a generational thing, a location thing (where someone was raised), or what, but I feel like I always hold the door without even thinking about it. I don't remember anyone specifically teaching me, per se, but I think it's fair to say that's how I was raised.
Whenever I'm walking in or out of a public establishment, I always take a glance over my shoulder to see if someone is behind me and, if there is someone, I pause a moment to hold the door for them.
Sometimes people say "thank you", sometimes they don't. That's a whole different debate that we can have.
But it always surprises and disappoints me when people don't even bother. And it doesn't seem to be across age, gender, etc.
I get that people may be in a rush and can't necessarily stop and wait for someone who's coming across a parking lot, but if someone is literally only steps behind, isn't it the courteous thing to at least not let the door close in their face?
So what about you, do you hold doors for people? Do you notice people doing it less for others these days?