On ships, the buffet where most passengers eat breakfast is on deck 9. Below that are several decks of cabins. On days when the ship is in port, it isn't unusual for people to get on an elevator at the buffet and ride down to the deck where the gangplank is located.
On such a day, we and several others were waiting for an elevator to take us down. A car containing two ladies arrived from the buffet. As usual, everyone waited for a slow count of, ' one 'thousand, two thousand, three thousand' to see if the ladies were getting out. They made no indication to leave so we entered in an orderly fashion. The response from the two ladies was explosive.
We were all incredibly rude! Didn't we know that it was polite to let people off an elevator before trying to get on? Older people need more time, blah, blah, blah. There was great waving of arms and elbowing on the part of the two ladies. The rest of us were so stunned we didn't say a word.
On the ride down we all agreed that this was a very odd experience. On ships, many people use canes, walkers or scooters but they all step toward the door when the elevator stops or at least make it known that they're getting off. No one minds waiting. after all, where are we going except elsewhere in the ship? These ladies gave every indication that they were planning to ride down at least a deck or two.
Has anyone else encountered this sort of situation? what would be the proper thing to do?