It’s always the little things people do that can turn a good day bad. Whether it’s driving on the highway or riding the elevator, people have the ability to fill us with blinding rage by not following the simple rules of social etiquette.
To counteract this, redditors came up with a list of unwritten social rules that everyone should know about. Consider this an education.
Source at the end of the article. Comments edited for clarity.
Don’t point out things about someone that will clearly make them uncomfortable: “you have a pimple”, “looks like you gained a few pounds”, “you need your roots touched up”, “is that tooth crooked?” (try teaching your kids this before they grow up to become that guy).
If you’re mad about something at a store (like an item being out of stock, or not getting helped immediately because all the employees are busy, or having to wait one second while an employee checks where something is), please please, please don’t throw an adult temper tantrum directly at the person earning $10 an hour who had no control over the situation.
If there are 2-3 car lengths in front of a semi, bus, or other large vehicle on the highway there is NOT enough space for you to cut in. That is their minimum safe stopping distance and you wedging yourself in there can get you and possibly others KILLED.
If an elevator door is opening make way for whoever was in there first to get out before entering, this really doesn’t have to be pointed out…
Do NOT video chat on loudspeaker on public transport.
Are you getting passed on the right? Yes?
Cool, get out of the passing lane.
If i’m pulling out of a parking space and you plan on parking in that space give me enough room to actually reverse out of that space without hitting your car.
When using a public restroom don’t pee all over the seat.
Don’t assume waitstaff are flirting with you! They are paid to be nice.
Window gets the view and something to lean on, middle seats get BOTH armrests, Aisle gets leg in aisle and access to bathroom privileges. Its easy, WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY!!
If you’re going to stop in a hallway, move to the wall so you’re not getting in the way of others.
Don’t play your music unless.you have earphones. I swear some people have no clue.
Stop asking people when they’re going to have children.
You don’t try to look at your neighbour’s junk at the urinal.
Do not bring your baby to the movie theater. Find a sitter or wait till it’s out to watch at home.
Don’t wear white to someone else’s wedding!
Instead of dragging your entire family around the supermarket, why not just one of you go and then we can all get done shopping much faster because we don’t have to negotiate with three of four extra bored people.
You do not slow down while on an on-ramp. You accelerate to the speed of the traffic you’re merging with.
Your phone can take landscape video. Use it.
Do not give pets, especially to kids, as a present. Owning a pet should be discussed and preparations should be made. You don’t give it to others as a ”surprise”.
Please stop sneezing directly into your hands! This unwritten rule needs to be written in bold, dark letters.
Don’t ask a woman if she’s pregnant.
Chew with your mouth closed! It’s absolutely disgusting to hear the sound of smacking while trying to eat your own food.
Return your grocery cart to the area the store has provided you with.
If a person shows you a picture on his phone, don’t try to go through his camera roll without his permission.
As the person showing the picture, slightly enlarge the photo so you have more time to react.
Tell someone when you put them on speakerphone and who is around. I have a friend who I had to explain this rule to twice cause he thought asking me a question about someone who was with him was funny- now every single time he calls I ask if he has me on speaker and still watch what I say.
This one is huge…
When leaving my home, you don’t hang out in the doorway and keep talking to me when you’re making your exit.
I’m done with you at this point and just want you to leave.
If you live in a city and are out walking, and you need to stop and look at your phone, be aware that people behind you WILL plow into you.
I mean, so many of these rules could be fixed with a simple “Pay attention, you dunce.”