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I Hold the Door Open For Others

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    It's just common courtesy.

    .. I don't see why anyone wouldn't. A simple act of kindness can really make someone's day.
    JasonAldrich JasonAldrich 16-17, M Sep 14, 2014

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    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2014

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    I always feel awkward

    when there's an airlock double door thing going on, and someone opens the door, then I walk through and there's a second door, that I feel like I should open for them so I do and they walk through... Always strikes me as hilarious to a little bit
    thatonewoman thatonewoman 26-30, F Sep 14, 2014

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    Of course I do ! It's rude not to .

    Shows a complete lack of manners to see someone approaching the door and just let it close before they reach it
    ArtsyFaerie32 ArtsyFaerie32 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2014

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    I used to always hold the door open

    for people but no one ever says thanks or shows any form of appreciation. I'll let the door slam in front of your face at this point.
    SpacePirate SpacePirate 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 12, 2014

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    My dad used to make me do it all the time.

    Now though I just feel like it is the right thing to do and it is! I always hold it for elderly or if someone is going in while I go out.
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 3, 2014

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    I remember the days when I was too weak to hold

    the door open for people (like 3 days ago). With big doors when I try to hold them open I'm so weak and they start closing and I'm struggling to hold them open and the person always starts to laugh seeing me struggle than speeds up. It's the thought that counts.
    LovelyDeadly LovelyDeadly 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2014

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    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 15, 2014

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    I live in an extremely multi-cultural city

    and I've noticed over the years that there are certain cultures that don't understand certain kind gestures. Like they're from a world of wolves and they're on the lookout all the time.
    LifeDispenser LifeDispenser 36-40, M Sep 14, 2014

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    I do it because I want to

    and I do not need a thank you because I'm selfless
    cbeneath cbeneath 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 7, 2014

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    I hold the door for others

    and them I don't know when to stop holding the door for people...
    Kperr14 Kperr14 13-15, F Sep 15, 2014

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    Mum use to tell me to

    when I was little, it just became a habit I can't break. If I see someone coming out or coming in behind me I hold the door open.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 4, 2014

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    There are 1,440 minutes in a day,

    so that means there are 1,440 opportunities to be nice to someone.
    atchetson2 atchetson2 16-17, M Dec 21, 2014

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    I don't know why someone wouldn't,

    it's such an easy thing to do. Just a simple kind gesture can really make a person'a day.
    jaaldrich1 jaaldrich1 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 20, 2014

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    This constantly frustrates my mom.

    My brother and I competed to see who gets to hold there door. Mom thinks that I should let him win because guys should be chivalrous and hold doors and pull out chairs and all that. No way. One, you never interfere with sibling rivalry, it's messy business. Two he should get to...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 16-17, F 1 Response May 18, 2014

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    If a female can do it

    for anyone why can't men do it for their wives. -_- just a question.
    cittykatluv cittykatluv 18-21, F 7 Responses Sep 14, 2014

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    xlxSpiraxlx xlxSpiraxlx 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2014

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    Kind of disappointing

    that this is considered an experience. Everyone should be opening doors for ppl, it's not some Giant accomplishment, it's just being polite. Then again many ppl are rude so I guess it is an accomplishment when you meet someone willing to open a door.
    WintersSoldier2 WintersSoldier2 18-21, F Sep 15, 2014

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    Some people think teens are obnoxious

    and I agree some are but I'm not one of those I am polite and kind and people misjudge me when they see me...
    Cwebb1221 Cwebb1221 13-15, F Sep 15, 2014

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    Such a Small Gesture That Is Generally Appreciated

    Everyone can use a little help every day, and people generally appreciate a bit of courtesy from others.  It isn't much, and I certainly don't feel obliged to uphold that old-fashion stereotype of holding a door open for a woman.  Sometimes a small gesture like holding...
    UnderEli UnderEli 46-50, M 6 Responses Jun 21, 2009

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    For Everyone

    If I am in public I will hold the doors open for others but especially for elderly people and persons with babies.  Opening doors isn't just for males in some scenarios.  It is just a caring thing to do.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 15 Responses Oct 25, 2008

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    I used to do this all the time anyway,

    but once you've worked in retail (through both the good and the bad), you can truly see how a simple act of kindness can take someone who's having a terrible day and make them do a complete 180. It's always nice to know that smiles and happiness are contagious :)
    scrtasnman13 scrtasnman13 22-25, M Sep 14, 2014

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    Use every opportunity to be kind to people.

    All it could take for someone to spiral out of control is another door shutting in front of them because of another person who simply doesn't care. Take the time to smile at someone, compliment somebody, commit a good act, and you'll realize how much of an impact it has on...
    thefuturedoctor1 thefuturedoctor1 16-17, M Jan 27

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    The rudest thing ever is letting the door slam

    in someone's face! Especially when men do it! Then the same man that let's the door slam in me face is the same man that tries to talk to me! Oh no! Kick rocks!
    Honorthycurves Honorthycurves 22-25, F 3 Responses May 17, 2014

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    Especially women and kids

    when they need help or their hands are full of stuff
    bandit5320 bandit5320 31-35, M Jul 1

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    Kind of funny that this is an experience,

    but I know a lot if people don't hold doors open for others and don't even say thanks when you do so for them, makes me wanna push them back through the door and lock it so they can't get through.
    Rhysymo Rhysymo 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 15, 2014

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    Not do and have I done

    that my whole life, but when I could, I would walk around the neighborhood of where ever I was living and try asking elders if they needed help with taking their trash out, or when they would pull up from grocery shopping I would help pack their groceries in. I love helping...
    Sheismybestfriend Sheismybestfriend 31-35, M Sep 16, 2014

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    Deliberately Rude Or Just Preoccupied?

    I always hold doors open for people myself, but from observing people around me, I've noticed that the people who don't do this often don't mean to be rude. Some people are so  preoccupied with their own thoughts that they're just not aware of anything around them, it's...
    mistygrey mistygrey 41-45, F 8 Responses Jun 12, 2009

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    I hold the door open.

    I was raised and learned to help those around you. Show respect and be polite. If you need to then go out of your way. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
    planter715 planter715 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 6

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    Don't get attracted much to people

    who achieved great heights, Love those who hold you when you fall from the heights. A LoYal one better than Royal one..........
    104nairrahul 104nairrahul 22-25, M Jun 10

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    Really yes... But I'm still trying to

    understand what all I could offer to those who come in...
    guy2connect guy2connect 31-35, M Aug 16

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    But I hate when they don't

    even smile back, or say thank you. I feel like "rewinding" those 5 seconds and slam the door right in their faces.
    iamfantastick iamfantastick 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 11, 2014

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    Doorgirl ... A Great Icebreaker

    I was raised to hold the door for anyone nearby, female or male. I'm happy to see my girls are in the habit of it today. It's a good way to show our better side.Wanna share a lil example of the fun that can be had - if we only stop long enough to respect that mos 'everyone' we...
    hlpflwthat hlpflwthat 51-55, M 7 Responses Aug 9, 2012

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    Converted Converted 46-50, M Mar 22

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    Not many people hold doors open

    for others anymore. I always open door for others. I open the car door for a date too.
    horneybear79912 horneybear79912 36-40, M Jan 23

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    One Of My Pet Peeves.

    It really irritates me when I see someone, especially men, who do not hold the door for those behind them. Most of the doors now days are automatic but not all. This morning I had to go to a mall that still does not have them, it was raining and people were rushing to get in...
    mach2821 mach2821 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 25, 2011

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    I was raised with my grandma who's biggest goal

    was to instill manners in my brother and I. She'd even slap our hand if we didn't say "yes ma'm" or "no sir", so holding the door open for someone is just natural as it should be for most everyone.
    daughtersofanarchy daughtersofanarchy 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2014

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    I always open the door

    for people, no matter their age or gender. In my mind it's just common courtesy.
    indigo286 indigo286 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 14, 2014

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    I live in Texas, and I an honestly say

    that just about everywhere I go someone holds the door open for me or I hold the door open for about 15 minutes until people stop going in. But anyways, a few months ago I visited New York for the first time and I was shocked. I more likely to get the door slammed in my face...
    narcoed narcoed 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 14, 2014

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    I might be a serial killer

    but I am not such a rude a$$hole that I wouldn't hold the door for you. I'll also give up my seat to a pregnant lady or an elderly person. Just kidding about the serial killer, but for real! Manners folks! Use them and instill them in your kids. I find manners are lacking these...
    time2bjill time2bjill 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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    I always do. I like to prove

    that there are still gentlemen left and chivalry is not completely dead.
    TheDaVinciEnigma TheDaVinciEnigma 36-40, M Aug 9

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