I'm going to avoid discussing this with Max because my experience with him is pretty much the same as yours; the only thing I can offer regarding the original scenario is that it struck me as a generation thing. I immediately thought of the old department store elevator operators who would announce the departments at every floor.....it would have struck me funny, like a nostalgia bump. However, just because I know, it doesn't mean the other person would know and maybe could be uncomfortable. Even if I was the one making the remark and the other passenger was much younger (male or female) if the other person was uncomfortable I would immediately offer an apology. That wouldn't make me a weak willed person, it would just mean I acknowledged a misunderstanding and honestly didn't intend to offend. The whole situation could have been nipped in the bud if both parties had taken a minute.
But that's just my opinion, growing up near a city where everyone's grandmother or granddad was from a different old country and later working for DOD when 90% + of the workforce was military, ex-military or retired military (meaning they had been drafted from every State in the Union) exposed you to many cultures, many regional differences so it was important to not be easily offended.
My disclaimer is: I meant no offense to Max, I'm not being critical of his views because I refuse to get goat roped into another "oh, but what about"....I simply wanted to mention there is a possibility of a different way of viewing it.
By the way neptune, I am blown away by your patience.....I had to block him long time ago because of that meandering, incoherent desperate need to be the only one in the room with the absolute truth.