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I Hold the Door Open For Others

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    I thought this was common courtesy?

    There are people who don't do this
    TheFreestone TheFreestone 18-21, M Dec 28, 2013

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    Doors

    I was taught that holding the door open for someone is just the polite thing to do, no matter who it is or if you know them or not. I belive this counts especially if they are somehow incapable of opening it themselves, whether they're carrying something or are just incredibly...
    tuevi tuevi 18-21, M 3 Responses Dec 3, 2008

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    Holding The Door

    I don't know why, but I am addicted to holding the door for people. doesn't matter if they're male or female, young or old, or even if that person hates me, I'll hold open the door. of course, i try to make sure it isn't me awkwardly holding the door for someone far away (unless...
    Andateika Andateika 18-21, F Oct 13, 2013

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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 41-45, M 6 Responses Jun 21, 2009

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    I love helping people out

    and holding the door open for them. If I don't hold the door open for someone I feel bad for the longest time. Once when I was little I held the door open for this girl and she told me that you didn't get this type of kindness in a prison and tried to give me money I didn't want...
    mymindsalivingnightmare mymindsalivingnightmare 13-15, F Jul 7

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    I'm that guy who always holds the door

    for others. Even if I have to put myself in an awkward position that actually makes it more difficult for them to enter the door.
    BJoon BJoon 26-30, M Jul 7

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    Even when the door is way too heavy

    for me. Eventually people have to help me open the door for people & it's pretty funny to look at.
    sammichs sammichs 16-17, F 1 Response May 28

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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 4 Responses Jan 12

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    California Versus Texas..

    in california most people are thankful for the gesture... it is after all a nice gesture. i open the door for anyone; if i'm there first it's the polite thing to do. so... the thing is, if i open the door for a man in texas, roughly 95% of the time they will reach above my head...
    HumboldtCounty HumboldtCounty 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 2009

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    I love to open doors

    for others including other women, older folks, handicapped individuals, and any else who needs assistance.
    femalelovesanimals femalelovesanimals 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    The Door To Your Future Is Open Please Enter.

    I love to open doors for others,mostly because Iam in no hurry and I like to make people smile.futzer565
    futzer565 futzer565 56-60, M 1 Response Jul 23, 2012

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    Hold What?

    Has this become a lost art? What the hell is wrong with people now days, most people would just let the door slam in your face. Even if I have my hands full of thingsele just don't care. I will always hold the door for someone if there near by, and rarely get a thank you...
    Thefridge Thefridge 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 17, 2012

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    It's just courtesy. Like offering your seat on

    public transport if it's busy.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 7

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    Hold It!!!

    I like to hold the door open for others even if I'm a woman. Don't get me wrong, I'm not the type of girl that thinks If a man can do it so can I. It's just that I find it respectful and courteous to open the door for other people especially to those older than me whether they're...
    fyregurl fyregurl 18-21, F Jul 28, 2012

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    Of Course...

    I was definitely raised with manners... or I got a swat upside the head LOL... I always take a moment to hold doors for other people... I also appreciate when it is done for me... it is not about feminism or sexism in any way... it is about being kind and courteous to others...
    hippiechick333 hippiechick333 46-50, F 3 Responses Nov 4, 2011

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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

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    I'll Do It For Anyone.

    Male, female, old, or young it doesn't matter. If I got the door open and I see someone is approaching, I don't mind holding it open for them.
    0ppa 0ppa 36-40, M Oct 5, 2012

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    I Was Raised Right

    It's something you don't even need to have been raised right to be able to practice it on your own though. It's nice to be nice, man.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 16, 2011

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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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    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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    My mom taught me to be respectful,

    and no matter what they looked like,I held it open.it was not because I was forced to ,it was because it was what god wanted me to do as a Christian.
    luvurlife luvurlife 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2013

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    secretlyfelix secretlyfelix 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 1

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    I Must

    Its almost a compulsion to hold the door for people. Even when someone is a bit of a distance i still feel bad just letting the door shut on them.  I can't not tell you how many times i have been stuck holding a door for a whole procession of people. Its nice when people...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2008

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    Oh Well...

    Today I walked into a smallish store.  I glanced at a display, and when I turned back around, I saw a mom with a stroller approaching the door.So I opened the door and held it for her.  And the two kids trailing behind her.  And the trio of teenagers behind the kids.  And the...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response May 18, 2012

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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 do open the door for him/her

    when anyone is near me, but I ain't going to wait in 3/4 mile away the door for someone. :)
    wt00r wt00r 26-30, M Jul 7

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    Just something that I've been doing

    since I was 16. Now I am 20 and still hold doors open for people. Whether they say thank you or nothing at all. I just like doing it. One time I held the door open for this girl who was 22 with a little baby girl. She invited me to dinner at her apartment.(she was single). She...
    Ermacz Ermacz 18-21, M Apr 4

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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

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    I Hold The Door Open

    Whenever I am at a store or a restuarant I always hold the door open for other people. I find it quite funny cuz sometimes I get ulgy looks from woman that I hold the door open for. Some are friendly and will thank me for it.
    peppit peppit 36-40, M May 20, 2012

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    xOhkaySea xOhkaySea 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 4

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    It Was What I Was Taught.

    i was taught to hold the door open.i have had some women when i was younger actually get mad.mad,but i always done it.this is good manners.you should do it.maybe you will help someone by showing good manners.
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 4 Responses Mar 20, 2009

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    Out of Respect..

    Always hold the door even so I am disabled. I just learned from this and will always hold the door for others..........
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5 41-45, M 8 Responses Jun 19, 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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    Young Ladies Should Hold The Door For Older Men

    I always hold the door open for men significantly older than me. If I see a man old enough to be my father I feel I should show him the same respect I would to my father. Granted, if he approached the door first and wanted to be a gentleman and let me go in first I wouldn't...
    Fukiko Fukiko 18-21, F Sep 12, 2013

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    I did this at lunch time in hs,

    and sometimes I would miss lunch because I was holding the door open -.- LOL
    wheelsxoxo wheelsxoxo 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 7

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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!
    ConfidentLee ConfidentLee 18-21, F 4 Responses May 17

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    I USED to. Until I realized

    that people have no manners. I held the door open for you.. Must I be the one to say "you're welcome" first. The word you're looking for is THANK YOU. That's what grinds my gears..
    ADeepPerspective ADeepPerspective 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    Respect Others

    To hold the door open for others is the kind and respectful thing to do. It takes a few seconds out of your day to make someone else's day a little more enjoyable. This world needs more kindness in it.
    darkmissy3 darkmissy3 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2008

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    I was taught to respect others by opening doors

    for others. This is for anyone if they need assistance. This would include the elderly, handicapped, disabled, and anyone else who needed assistance with a door.
    femalechilling femalechilling 31-35, F 1 Response May 18

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    and they never say thank you!

    lol although i always seem to keep doing it.
    taylercm taylercm 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 3

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    It's Basic Kindness

    It's pretty much second-nature to me. I believe in common courtesy.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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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 13-15, F 1 Response May 18

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    It's become a habit I

    even wait if they are still walking toward the door
    alyssabay alyssabay 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    Band

    I hate when I'm holding it open for one person, then somehow a parade forms behind them and no one in the procession takes the door from me.
    HumanOddity HumanOddity 31-35, M 4 Responses Jun 21, 2009

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