Do Better, Please And Thank You: Things People Do That They Don’t Realize Is Very Rude

March 20, 2013  |  
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So you think you’re a very well-mannered person? Well, I hate to break it to you, but if you ever do any of these things on this list, you may not be as well-mannered as you think. In fact, you might actually be rude sometimes. Have a look and see if you’re guilty of any of these common habits that people sometimes do without realizing it’s rude.

 

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Chewing loudly

One of the most annoying things about people eating is when they chew like they haven’t eaten in months. It’s both annoying to hear and distracting to look at. Relax loud chewers; the food isn’t going anymore, so no need to chomp it down like it’s trying to run away from your face.

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Eating in front of someone without offering

Mmmm…those cookies look damn good! Too bad it’s not yours and the owner has no intention of offering you any as they slowly savor every bite and your stomach growls because you still haven’t eaten lunch. The moral of the story is, treat people how you would like to be treated. We’ve all had those moments where we want some of what someone else has and know what it feels like, so be a dear and offer when you have something you can share too.

Coughing or sneezing in your hands

“Well, at least I covered my mouth”…. yeah, but too bad you then proceeded to touch everything in the room, thus spreading your germs all over the place. Although it is better than not covering your mouth at all, the polite way to cough or sneeze is in your sleeve, inner elbow or in a direction where no one is.

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Speaking another language in front of people who can’t understand

Have you ever wondered if people are talking about you behind you’re back? Well, that’s what it feels like when people are speaking a different language in front of you, except this time it is blatantly in front of your face. Okay, this might be a bit of an exaggeration, but either way, it’s not nice to exclude people from conversations, especially if they’re the only one there who can’t speak the language.

 

Playing your headphones or music loud on public transportation

Do you ever wonder why these incidents keep happening where bus drivers attack teenagers on public transit? Well, it’s because some people insist on playing their music way too loud on the bus. There’s never an excuse to physically attack someone, but it is flat out rude to pollute someone’s personal space with noise.

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Smoking in front of people without asking if they’re are okay with it

With it pretty much being common sense that secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer, you would think that more people would be considerate and at least ask you if you are okay with them lighting up.  But no, people still decide to be selfish and not only poison their lungs, but the also the people around them as well. This is just flat out rude, so please don’t do it.

Swearing in public places

“It’s so F****** hot today…oh s***, there’s a little kid behind me.” Too bad you didn’t think about that before your potty mouth took over. As the saying goes, there’s a time and a place for everything…this includes swearing. No parent wants to be playing in the park with their kids while someone shouts obscenities nearby.

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Not putting your dog on leash in public places

NEWSFLASH: Not everyone likes dogs! Perhaps we should repeat that again…NOT EVERYONE LIKES DOGS! You’re probably wondering why I needed to repeat it? Well, because for some reason dog owners have a really hard time believing it. In fact, they not only won’t believe that some people do not like dogs, but forget that many people are actually afraid of them, and it’s unfair to put people (especially children) in an uncomfortable position just because you don’t want to follow the law by putting your dog on a leash or keeping them in check.

Loud cell phone conversations

You may think that you are one of the most interesting people that there is, but believe it or not, not everyone wants to hear about your plans for the evening. In fact, it can be rather distracting to other people trying to get something done. Do everyone a favor and step out of the room to make your phone call.

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Telling people they’ve gained weight

We’ve all had that awkward moment where you see someone you haven’t seen in a year and they are about twice the size they were the last time you saw them.  As much as it’s tempting to joke with them about it, it might not be a joke to them. In fact, it can affect them for a long time, especially if they’re already insecure about it. In situations like these, it’s always wise to just keep your thoughts to yourself.

 

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