Does this creep you out?

United States
August 21, 2007 10:15pm CST
I hate it when someone stands too close to me in an elevator. For some reason, an invasion of the personal bubble bothers me. Maybe because I know there are lots of bad people in the world and the only reason some people stand too close is to intimidate and harrass. With that being said, there are lots of elevators in big cities and closeness is just something you have to live with, especially if you live in a big apartment complex. Sometimes you have to be near other people that you don't like or wouldn't normally associate with. So, when that happens, I do my best to tolerate the situation. Well, that is, unless someone is just being blatantly rude and then I try to move as far away from them as possible, so that they become someone else's very rude problem. How about you? Do you mind if someone is standing too close to you in the elevator? Do you hate it when people crowd in on you and make you feel claustrophobic? How do you deal with people that invade your personal bubble while you are out in public?
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9 responses
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I don't like elevators period. If it's less than 4 flights up, I will take the stairs. If I'm going down, I will walk as many as 7 flights to avoid elevators. The last time I was on an elevator was the day I left the hospital right after I had my son. While I was pregnant with my son, my husband made me use the elevator instead of the stairs most of the time. My doctor was on the third floor. While I was pregnant, I had someone sneeze all over me in the elevator, someone rub my belly (He didn't ask or anything! and that drives me crazy!!), and someone run into my belly, and then tell me to watch where I was going. lol That's why I have avoided elevators since then! If I have to be on an elevator, and someone stands too close to me, I get out at the next floor, whether it's my floor or not. I can always take a later elevator.
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• United States
22 Aug 07
someone actually touched your belly without asking?! omg how unbelievably rude!! ive never been pregnant so i dont know if that type of thing happens a lot or not, but i would be very upset if someone did that to me! some ppl.
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• United States
22 Aug 07
That would have driven me nuts as well, if someone touched my stomach, with or without permission. I was lucky noone ever asked to do that when I was pregnant. I think my big huge belly scared people! It was mammoth. At least I think everyone knew I was pregnant. Maybe they thought it was some kind of weird medical condition and didn't want to get near it, just in case they caught it! Wouldn't that be funny if you could catch pregnancy like a virus!
• United States
22 Aug 07
I do like my space, it's just uncomfortable when a stranger gets too close when it's unnecessary. It's not just rude but as far as body language goes, it could be misconstrued as a prelude to attack. Now most of the time that's not true but there's no reason for someone to crowd you unless they are not paying attention at all or have no manners whatsoever.
22 Aug 07
yea i hate it when people get too close. people do it to me all the time at work, and they're customers! so there's not alot i can do about it.
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• United States
22 Aug 07
yeah, that's what I'm worried about too! If someone doesn't mind getting that close when they know better, who knows what creepy thing is on their mind.
• United States
22 Aug 07
yeah that kind of thing creeps me out too. my opinion is that if you are not my mate or my kid then keep your distance and just plain dont touch me! ive never really been a cuddly type of person as it is and unless its my mate i dont like casual contact with anybody! especially annoying are the ppl that you've just been introduced to..and suddenly they want to give you a goodbye nice to meet you hug, or put their hand on your shoulder..ugh! that crap drives me nuts lol, keep your hands to yourself ppl, i dont know where you have been!
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• United States
22 Aug 07
Oh, that would be strange if someone hugged me out of the blue. Who does that?
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I'm the same. I'm claustrophobic as it is...I understand when you can't control it because your at work or there's just a lot of people. But I'm one that will wait for the next elevator because I just can't stand having someone breathing down my neck.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
25 Aug 07
I hate it when someone stands to close to me anywhere- or my daughter- It bothers me- I will make a point to move away the best I can- I mean if they cannot help it- its fine- but its when they can help it- I give this look- like back off
@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
24 Aug 07
If the elevator is small then I really don't have any choice if they are up so close to me. I prefer that they are at a reasonable distance though. I would sheild myself by holding my son in my arms and that creates a bit of space LOL
@Calais (10898)
• Australia
23 Aug 07
OOOhhh Yes thats horrible....I hate shopping at the best times, I hate the crowds, but the invasion of your personal space is just too creepy...I usually give dirty looks or start coughing in hope that they would move..
@DanaMark (807)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I don't like it when people crowd me and there is plenty of room. I can see it if the elevator is crowded and there is no choice. But when there is plenty of room, I move to get away from them. I don't like people in my "space" either.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I have agoraphobia, fear of crowds. If I am in a crowed place too long be it an elevator, amusement park or simply wal-mart then I hyperventilate and pass out. So I try to avoid large crowds whenever I can. Sometimes I have to leave a store or area if it gets too crowded to avoid my fear reaction.