Holding the door open for people has always been a sign of good manners and class. Doing something so simple has always been an easy yet impactful way to make yourself a more elegant, considerate, and all-around pleasant person. Especially if you’re Jackson Stoicus, a CWRU student who has been holding the door to Rockefeller open for the past 13 hours, as of press time.
Jackson’s mission started earlier this morning as he was walking to class. He stopped to hold the door open for somebody following him into Rockefeller, and was about to enter himself when he saw another person approaching. Not wanting to be rude, Jackson held the door for this person as well. This person was followed by another. And another. And another. Jackson wanted to stop and go to class, but the thanks of the people now undeterred by the wooden obstacle before them made Jackson feel good about himself. So he continued.
By hour four, a crowd had gathered around him. Hour six saw a TV news crew and a delegate from the Guinness Book of World Records. The record was broken more than four hours ago, and Jackson has cemented his place in history as the “Politest Person Ever,” earning himself a nice-looking ribbon. People have surrounded Jackson, keeping him fed and warm through his long campaign. Now Jackson has been at his post for 13 hours, and will keep going as long as he is needed.
“It just seemed like the polite thing to do,” said Jackson. “There are a lot of people who walk through this door every day, and all of them have to open it individually. That seems like a waste. Plus this is the Rockefeller door. Everybody hates opening this, it’s like trying to dodge oncoming traffic.”
While Jackson and his fans are proud, they warn against copycats. “Some people might see what I’m doing and think they can do it too. But it takes a lot of hard work and determination to get where I am today, and not everybody is ready for that,” claimed Jackson.
The students are grateful for his sacrifice, and they have already opened up a donation fund to support Jackson in his endeavor. The fund has accumulated $4 since it began.