STAND LEFT – WALK RIGHT!!
Dude, there is only one reason that would possibly be eligible enough to explain why people mess this rule up on a daily basis. Singapore is the only country I know off, where you actually stand left and walk right, instead of vice versa… (Singapore Is really Strange – Can You Explain Please?)
However, since people are not walking on the left nor on the right side, and the signs telling you different are pretty obvious placed at every darn escalator. There is no excuse why you still step on that moving piece of high tech and stop right at that spot where you got on!
WRONG! You shift your body to the left side so people who are in a hurry can pass you on the right side!Eat that!
There are three groups of major failing people, that do not have understood the rules of escalator etiquette in Singapore yet. And I beg you not to stop reading if you might feel that you actually belong to one of them. Keep on reading… you will safe me and yourself a lot of trouble in the future!
(Please also read: Singapore City Sidewalk Rules)
- 1. Group – The Single
- In general, everybody who lives in a city that has more then 10 houses, 1000 people and at least 1 escalator, should have learned through years of experience, that its simply part of every days etiquette to leave space for passing people. (My comment On Singapore’s Official Etiquette)
There is no excuse for not doing so. If you are a tourist, just having arrived in Singapore, you may be forgiven. But then surprisingly its the tourists that actually pay most attention to these rules for not standing out so much.
So please, if you feel that there is a lot of space in front of you and behind you a queue of 20 people taps impatiently on the hand rail, trying to pass you, it might be a sign that you are standing on the wrong side!
- 2. Group – The Couple
- It’s very heart warming that you two are so much in love that you can’t let go from each other even for those 10 seconds on the escalator.
Same goes for business people that must have their very important conversation standing next to each other.
WRONG! I don’t give a damn if you have to look at your partners back for those 10 seconds if it gives me the opportunity to reach my office or train in time.
And yes, I saw how you just looked over your shoulder, very clearly spotting all those annoyed people behind you. Now listen…
DO NOT IGNORE!! How dare you, you simple keep on talking and standing on the right side!
- 3. Group – The Smart Ass
- Look at the picture above. What’s wrong with it?
Correct, the escalator is empty, and the lady thinks that would give her the permission to stand on the right.
WRONG! Do not stand on the right side ever! It happens often enough that a group of people who (surprisingly) actually apply to the rules and stand left will step right behind you, which again, makes you the object of blocking me!
I Believe In You
..although I don’t have much hope. There are strange phenomena appearing, especially around Rush Hours these days.
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‘)); ?> For example at Raffles Place, around 8.30am. There are two different types of escalators. First ones lead up from the platform to the gates, second ones lead up from the station to ground level.
Now for what ever strange reason, the first ones (which are unfortunately the longer ones) get usually blocked with some dumb person within the first 5 seconds.
However, the second set of escalators, has a strangely almost always clear right side with people walking through just fine. I don’t get it.
So How About You?
What do you think of my listing above? Do you agree that it should be an unspoken rule, understood by everyone that one leaves space on the escalator for people in a hurry?
Please write down your thoughts in the comments below!