Why Do People Stand on Escalators and Hold up Others Instead of keeping to the side?

Instead of standing to the side so others can pass

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      It seems to be quite common, also people must be aware they are holding up others as sometimes there is a que behind them all blocked by 1 or 2 people, and a bit hard to say excuse me if you are stuck at the back of the que.

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        You'll be 5 seconds later for it. Does 5 seconds really matter?

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          Yes, it absolutely does!

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    Brainstorming a few ideas from my own perverse view of the world:

    • Some people have a chip on their shoulder and take revenge on the world by being passive aggressive. It delights them when they have annoyed someone else.
    • Some people are on anti-anxiety medication, which dulls negative emotions, so the thought that they are in the way and bothering people just never occurs to them. Same goes for extremely positive people.
    • Some people have feelings of very high status, and it's just natural to them that they would take up more space and the time of others.

    My favourite comedian, Bill Burr, has a few things to say on "in the way people": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqDCsFZT2oY

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    The most confusing place is Japan. In some cities you stick to the left, some to the right, super confusing.

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      Yeah, it threw me in Osaka where you stand on the right side.

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        yep - Tokyo stands on the left, Osaka on the right ?

        not sure - is it NYC stands on the right, Chicago on the left ?

  • +1 vote

    I drive really slow in the ultra fast lane… while people behind me are going insane…. I'm an….

    Someone should make a song with that in it.

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    Why do people not return trolley's to where they're supposed to go? Well it's the same reason as this. They're inconsiderate.

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    standing on one side only will cause unveven wear.

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    Yes stand to one side, but don’t forget to throw that elbow by accident.

    Oops…..

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    I'm not standing to the side so someone can brush past me.
    If they insist on moving at a faster pace they can use stairs

  • +2 votes

    Because standing on one side breaks escalators due to weight distribution away from the center

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    Since the "spikey balls" haste I stand in the middle avoiding the contaminated rails!

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    Is there such rule?
    Can you show me where.
    It looks like you are in a rush, why should anyone cater specifically for you. Take the stairs or leave early.
    If someone tailgates I will not break speed limit just because they are in a rush or cannot maintain safe distance.

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    Reading some of the comments here is making me lose faith in humanity. It doesn't need to be a rule, there doesn't need to be a reason, its just called being considerate of others. It costs me nothing to stand to one side so that others can pass.

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      Exactly. It's either ignorance (unaware of what's going on around them) or arrogance (ego and power over others).

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    They are busy contemplating whether they are an arsehole for parking next to another car when the whole carpark was empty.

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    If you're walking past someone on an escalator, how are you maintaining social distancing?

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      hold your breath

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        But just like mask wearing, it's the infected person who would need to hold their breath. Just keep your 1.5m from me please, which means do not attempt to pass me on an escalator ;)

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    Not all people are aware that this is what they should do to be courteous. I was woken up to the correct way to behave when visiting Sydney from my home in Brisbane decades ago. I can't honestly remember whether it was observation of others, the signs in central station or my brother telling me what to do. I guess all were good behaviour modifiers.

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    I was in Asia on a business trip, going on the escalator I see people moving on the RHS, it was like instant coordination which you don't see here in Australia.

  • +2 votes

    Imagine standing still on an escalator

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    If someone is behind me or coming up the escalator I move out of the way to give them a clear path if there is one. Otherwise tough luck, let's queue up together

  • +4 votes

    I go to left but due to covid 1.5m distancing, i thought shouldn't be overtaking on escalators these days anyway.

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    Unfortunately, not everyone has common sense and the courtesy

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      Or eyes in the back of their heads. Or passive aggression detectors for people behind them that seeth silently, rather than toss out a light "excuse me".

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    Having standing people on the left and 'walkers' on the right is inefficient when the escalator is busy. It's much better to have people standing on both sides in congestion.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-20/the-case-...

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    if you can't wait for a moving escalator to get to the top without wanting to overtake someone standing on it, then some observers might think you are soul …

  • +1 vote

    Try saying "excuse me" politely next time. That might work better.

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    You can ask them to let you through. I prefer to stay in middle because is safer, your shoes can get stuck to the side of escalator.

  • +2 votes

    I am a germaphobe due to health issues… Inevitably if i stand to one side people brush against me as they pass.

    Also i have chronic pain issues so its more strain and pain to balance at one side rather than use the whole space to balance.

    Of course people in general are incapable of understanding things they havent experienced themselves… and are not going to understand this and take it personally like i am trying to slow them down deliberately if, heaven forbid, i do stand in the middle. People suck

    The escalator goes at walking speed anyway… I assume you arent going to jog or powewalk when you get off it.. so why do people need to push past and essentially run while they are on one?

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      I assume you aren't going to jog or powerwalk when you get off it

      Why's that? Back in the good old days I'd climb the station escalators as quickly as possible then power walk to work - lots of people in the way, but you get used to going around them efficiently. I'd save easily 2-3 mins, maybe more, compared to just standing on the escalator then walking at an average pace.

      The station has no "take the stairs" option - escalators or lifts only.

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      use an elevator?

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    Just like driving, keep left..

    Although the amount of people sitting in the right hand lane thesedays is a concern… or the people driving without lights on at night but now I’m off topic

  • -2 votes

    People who don't stand to one side and/or block the escalator by standing in the middle of it and a**holes plain are simple.

    I usually come up behind them and say "excuse me" in a loud, sarcastic tone. Gets the point across that they're in the way and usually makes people feel bad about it at the same time.

    • +3 votes

      People who are that quick to get angry and upset at something so trivial are a**holes plain and simple.

      In fact when I spot one coming and block the escalator, it makes my day just a little better that some loser will get worked up about something so minor that they have to say "excuse me" in a loud, sarcastic tone - then go home to tell the internet about it. Makes me feel great that my life isn't as pathetic

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        No it's the people who block the escalator unnecessarily or deliberately who are a**holes. Why can't you just be a considerate person and stand to one side of the escalator so people can pass if they want?

        I will quite happily push my way past people like you if I've already said excuse me and you still won't move. If you are acting deliberately to block the way then you deserve whatever happens as a result.

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          No mate. Its absolutely you being the a**hole if you are that quick to flare up. As others have mentioned, have you stopped to think that they are not there to solely inconvenience the world, let alone you?

          There is no legal rule that people should stand to a specific side even though its common courtesy and most people do it
          There are those who may not realise that they are doing something inconveniencing
          There are those who might have had "one of those days" where something tragic has happened and they are just not spatially aware at that moment
          There are those who may have a disability or a genuine phobia of heights that need to stand in the middle

          If any of the above applied to your child, sister, mother, grandmother - how would you feel if I pushed them out of the way over something so trivial?

          And yeah - pushing someone on a moving escalator where one side drops several storey's and each step represents jagged teeth seems like a fair reaction to a 10 second inconvenience. If you pushed me I would literally kick or pull you down the escalator hoping you injure yourself along the way on said steps. MIght give you a few extra kicks for good measure. You would definitely deserve what happens to you at that point. Numpty.

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            @bobolo: What if the guy who wants to pass is trying to rush to the hospital to see his dying mother?

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              @sickburn: That would be convenient if they needed the hospital themselves

              I haven't checked, but I'm pretty sure rushing to a hospital does not give you the right to assault someone

  • +1 vote

    The worst thing is when people stand at the bottom of the escalator and ponder where to go. I understand that if you're in an unfamiliar place, you need to get your bearings, but where do they expect the quickly gathering mass of people funneled behind them to go?

    I guess like a lot of things, many people just don't think about it.

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    Excuse me often works ;-)

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    I've been guilty of standing in the middle at times - main reason is simply that I've spent most of my life in smaller towns where not only are escalators uncommon, but it's even rarer for people to be in such a hurry that they need to squeeze past people.

    It wasn't until I was about 19 that I found out this was even a thing people did, and whenever I'm living in a smaller town for a while and then visit a capital I usually have to be reminded during the first day or so of my visit by a friend or sign to make space.

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    My animosity for lurkers in the middle of escalators is only surpassed by cyclists flaunting the lights or slow-walkers.

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    Just remember when you find someone inconveniencing you, you are also an inconvenience to someone else.

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    don't know what the big deal is, just say excuse me as you approach them from behind

  • +2 votes

    i don't know why people don't treat escalators like stairs, just walk up them, just because it's moving doesn't mean you have to stand still

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      and it doesn't mean you have to walk up them either. Let people do their thing, if you want to stand still go for it, want to walk, go for it.

      Sometimes I walk, sometimes I have stood still.

      • I walk cause I got nothing better to do or just in a time rush
      • I stand still cause I have bags of groceries and I put them down

      But those are small examples, just let people do their thing, it's not hurting anyone. Just cause you think people should walk up them, doesn't mean everyone has to.

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    Two girls stood arm in arm… when confronted they said they were twins LOL that was the most bs answer I've ever heard cause they weren'nt conjoined twins.

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    My conclusion is a lot of people don't value their time and are lazy . Blissfully ignorant to the fact they are holding up people the opposite of that .