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Seriously, you are acting like a jerk!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Okay, I started attending classes that are on the 6th floor of an old building. The elevator is one that has an elevator man because it has the gate and the door. Personally, I try not to use elevators because I like the exercise of the stairs.

The Elevator Man is constantly giving me crap because I walk up six flights of stairs instead of use the elevator. "Are you afraid of elevators?" "I know it might be scary to be in an elevator with a strange man, but I won't bite."

I try to explain that I am doing this for my health. I like the exercise and it burns extra calories. Not good enough for him. We really are on two different sides of the fence. I tell him "He won't lose his job because of one person using the stairs."

This afternoon he really almost broke me. "Oh here comes the one who is afraid of elevators." I just said "Whatever" and kept walking. The last time down for the day I said "Have a nice weekend."

But what I wanted to say was "Why are you such a jerk? Leave me alone to climb all the stairs that I want! It is good for me."

I can't let this guy get to me but he does annoy me.

What would you do?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SNOWSNAKE 7/3/2013 11:21PM

    Im sorry...Ive read both of your blogs about this guy- and I find him scary! I had a stalker who was in the beginning just a "nice friendly people person" too.... it was a 5 year nightmare. Trust your gut- not everyone you meet has good intentions, I find his comments to you way too familiar. He doesn't sound right to me. ***SNOW***
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    I think that he is truly offended that I don't take it with him. Today I missed him 3 out of 4 times in passing the elevator and I jut said "Hello" and hurried on my merry little way.
Really the stairs are great exercise but they are not air-conditioned and carrying all my stuff adds to the exertion. It is not an easy way to go. Nobody said fitness was easy though, did they?

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BARCONIUS 6/24/2013 11:11AM

    Own it. "Yep, that's me", smile and keep on moving. If he means it for fun, he'll appreciate it. If he's being nasty it'll be irritating, which can be just as much fun.

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CASEYSAUER 6/23/2013 1:43PM

    Smile, laugh, breathe, and carry on! You only have control over your own actions!

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DARLY55 6/22/2013 9:42PM

    Smile and greet, - be nice! He'll come around.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/22/2013 9:29PM

    Kill him with kindness!

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/22/2013 1:10PM

    You said the right thing : )

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/22/2013 12:18AM

    "Have a nice weekend." That was the best thing to say!

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DIANE7786 6/21/2013 11:28PM

    It's nice to have short chats with relative strangers that we see a lot. That means sharing only the information that makes us comfortable. The elevator man was likely hired because he's a people person. Many people think teasing is acceptable and expect to be teased. I don't like teasing. . My solution would be to sweetly remind him that you have told him you prefer the stairs. Then make a short comment about the weather, local news, events, sports, etc. Don't justify yourself with explanations of health, exercise or your comfort level in elevators that are not his business. If that's not a good option, put in ear buds, smile and wave hello while walking toward the stairs.

Comment edited on: 6/21/2013 11:30:23 PM

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