Building elevator etiquette can be tricky because the faces you see outside while the door closes will be faces you see again and again.
In the newer elevators, when door beeps because you have been holding it too long (about 30 seconds to one minute), it is time to let it go. Obviously use your judgement and menschlichkeit if the person has a disability that prevents them from moving more quickly.
In the older models, I think the 30 to one minute rule stands as well.
Elevate your etiquette, Ms. Demeanor
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