I work on the 8th floor of an office building and also travel a lot. Have you ever thought about all the different types of people you observe while riding the elevator? The frequent stops, the small space and the abrupt, sometimes awkward exchanges bring out interesting characters and roles.
Here are a few I've identified in my travels:
The Greeter – Someone who always says “Hi,” holds the door and presses the floor. Clearly raised by a strong woman.
The Psycho – Someone (typically male) who stares straight ahead, does not talk, does not blink. Most likely is on a poster somewhere in some city.
The Squatter – Someone who will not give up his or her spot on the elevator. They own the real estate.
The Elitist – Someone who expects you to hold the door, press the button and let them know when to get off.
The Oprah – Someone who talks to everyone and sees the elevator as a social experiment to be explored. (I like this role a lot.)