How to Use an Escalator

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  1. How about not stopping at the very top/bottom, blocking the exiting of others, while you decide where you need to go next?

  2. Geoff Glave says:

    Useful tips. I’ll add one more: If you’re on an escalator that is only single-wide, and your legs work fine, when you reach the escalator, continue walking, either up or down. Treat the escalator like a magic staircase that gets you to your destination a little faster.

  3. Joey Joe Joe says:

    5. Tie your shoes… Just don’t stop to do this at the bottom (although if you want to see something hilarious, do this).

    2. So much fun when you ride backwards and watch the people coming up into it though.

  4. Great idea and great advice….

    … except the whole walk left/stand right thing only works in The States. Please try to remember that almost the rest of the world stands left/walks right on escalators.

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