Common sense is not so common, Voltaire once wrote. There is always that one person in class who sneezes without covering their mouth. Or the person who takes up two seats on the train just because they like to sit with their legs spread out. As much as we’d like to live in a considerate world, there will always be people who lack common sense or mindfulness in the most common situations.


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Here are thirty simple reminders of what to do and not to do when you’re in a public space. If you think of yourself as a decent human being, most of these probably will be a no-brainer for you. And don’t forget to share your worst (or best) experiences with people who lacked common sense in the comments!

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#1 Not Letting People Get Out Of Busses And Elevators Before Entering

Not Letting People Get Out Of Busses And Elevators Before Entering

It makes a lot more sense than you trying to push yourself into the crowd who’s trying to get out anyway. Just stand aside, let people out, and then get in.

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Cassie 4 weeks ago

Or pushing your way in front of wheelchairs. My mom has the hardest time getting on or off anything because she doesn't want to run people over, but they keep pushing their way in front of her. Rude as hell.

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#2 Not Using Turning Signals

Not Using Turning Signals

When did it become normal for people to ignore the most basic rules of driving?

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Andres Tejeda 4 weeks ago

Looking at you BMW owners.

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#3 Being Rude To Your Server

Being Rude To Your Server

Imagine working 12 hour shifts, always on your feet, tired as hell, and then dealing with the most annoying and rude customers? Yeah, don’t be that person who thinks waitresses have to deal with your terrible attitude. They’re just here to do their job and leave, don’t make it harder than it is.

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Ben Smith 4 weeks ago

A true test of a person’s character is how they treat wait staff.

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#4 Listening To Music Without Headphones

Listening To Music Without Headphones

You think your music taste is great? Perfect, go study music, become a DJ or a producer, but please don’t shove your music taste onto other people who would rather listen to silence then the latest remix of DJ Khaled’s new song while sitting on a bus on their way to home.

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Naomi Armitage 4 weeks ago

Worst offenders are people in cars--at intersections, et al. when they're stopped and everyone around them has to listen to their crappy tunes. Turn it down and/or close your windows!

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#5 Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving

Just don’t do this one. Don’t. You’re risking yours and someone else’s life for a text, it’s not worth it, and no matter what you’re typing, it will never be as important as being safe at the road.

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Amanda Chandler 4 weeks ago

Not annoying, dangerous and stupid.

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#6 Not Putting Your Stuff Back On The Proper Shelves In Grocery Stores

Not Putting Your Stuff Back On The Proper Shelves In Grocery Stores

Just because you decided you don’t need that item anymore doesn’t mean somebody else should have to put it back to its place. Your ignorance creates extra work for the already busy grocery store employees so put the stuff back from where you took it.

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Xandra 4 weeks ago

Yesss, that's really annoying. Especially if it's perishable foods - I don't want to buy meat or fish which was left out on a shelf for hours!

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#7 Leaving A Mess After Yourself

Leaving A Mess After Yourself

No matter if it’s your office, public bathroom or a clothing store, leaving your things all over the place is just rude. You’re not entitled to having people picking up your things after you.

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Naomi Armitage 4 weeks ago

This makes me crazy, especially at work. I saw a great sign at an office: "This is your home 8 hours a day!" Is this how people treat their homes? Gross AND rude.

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#8 Standing On The Left Side And Blocking The Way

Standing On The Left Side And Blocking The Way

This one will definitely make your blood boil. Every country is different, but usually you walk on the left and you stand on the right, it’s that simple.

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King Kona 4 weeks ago

Is it strange I have never seen this?

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#9 Swiping Right When Someone Hands You Their Phone To Show A Picture

Swiping Right When Someone Hands You Their Phone To Show A Picture

They only wanted to show you one picture, you do not have the right to scroll through their photos and check what they have on their phone. Imagine how awkward it would be if you would stumble on something very private?

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MJ 4 weeks ago

People looking at what you're texting...

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#10 Not Cleaning Up After Your Dog

Not Cleaning Up After Your Dog

Picking up poop and throwing it away takes way less time than stepping in it and cleaning it up, not to mention getting rid of the smell. So, if you want a dog, understand that it comes with a poop that you’ll have to pick up.

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Daria B 3 weeks ago

This one is especially rude if your dog pooped in front of somebody's doorstep.

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