A doorman (also porter in British English
) is a person hired to provide courtesy
services at a residential building or hotel
. They are particularly common in urban luxury highrise
s. At a residential building, a doorman is responsible for opening doors and screening visitors and deliveries
. They will often provide other courtesy services such as signing for packages, carrying luggage
between the elevator
and the street, or hailing taxis
for residents and guests.
The occupation dates back at least to the time of Plautus
under the Roman Republic
where its name was ''iānitor
'' (from ''iānua'', 'door', the root of both "January" and "janitor
The United States House of Representatives
had an official doorkeeper
until the post was abolished in 1995.
In New York City
, doormen and elevator operator
s are unionized
and typically represented by SEIU 32BJ
. They last went on strike
in 1991 and other strikes were narrowly averted in 2006 and 2010.
, doormen are called bawab
, and in modern times they have been described by the BBC
as a security guard, porter, enforcer of social mores and general snoop, all rolled into one.
Category:Protective service occupations