Recently, Reddit user u/0_7_0 decided to find out what are the prime examples of common sense.

On July 13, they made a post on r/AskReddit, asking people "What is one 'unwritten rule' that you believe everyone should know and follow?" And it blew up.

As of this article, u/0_7_0's question has received over 3,400 comments, many of which are valuable tidbits we all should listen to. Here are some of the most upvoted ones.

#1

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If I show you a picture on my phone, don't go swiping sideways.

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pusheen buttercup
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2 months ago

Can't upvote that enough!

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#2

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If someone is wearing headphones and is clearly keeping to themselves, leave them alone!

Thetiredregular , Dollar Gill Report

Shea
Community Member
2 months ago

THAAAAANKKKKK YOUUUUU!!!!

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#3

Don't litter. It's really not hard to just not litter

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Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
Community Member
2 months ago

Its not hard to keep it in a pocket until you find a bin

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#4

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Don't watch loud videos on your phone at a restaurant. Can't believe this isn't common courtesy anymore

penguinmanbat , Austin Distel Report

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

And don’t have public zoom meetings! Urgh.

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#5

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If you borrow something, return it in the same condition

Ryastor , Alexas_Fotos Report

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Same condition or better

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#6

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If someone is giving you a ride, you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up

Thatweirdboringdude , Arnaud STECKLE Report

James016
Community Member
2 months ago

I went to pick up a friend on a night out. Called him when we arrived, said he'd be down in a moment. 15 mins later still nothing. Called him again and he said he was going to come down after watching Buffy. Told him he'd have to get the train and drove off.

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#7

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) The 'wave' of thank you when someone lets you in while driving in traffic. It's just polite

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Brendan
Community Member
2 months ago

I also wave to the person who waved. Double politeness lol.

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#8

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Put the shopping cart back where it GOES!

brock0124 , PIRO4D Report

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah and stop leaving them in carpark spaces! 😡

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#9

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Just because you know someone who does something for a living, that doesn't automatically mean they owe you a discount if you ask for their services.

mstaff388 , Allef Vinicius Report

NinjaWolfy94
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't do art for a living but I do take commissions sometimes and this bothers me so heckin much...

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#10

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If you want to go for a hike and listen to music, come with earphones or headphones. Don't blast loud music.

AgeOfWomen , sweetlouise Report

Diddlybop
Community Member
2 months ago

Uh huh it's so annoying especially if you are listening to music yourself and you can hear their crappy radio over your peaceful tunes

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#11

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Quit pissing on public toilet seats. And if you do, at least have the decency to wipe it up

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
Community Member
2 months ago

Or leaving little drops on the seat. Even if it's by accident, no one else wants to wipe it off so they can sit.

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#12

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Chew with your mouth closed.

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Piet Puk
Community Member
2 months ago

And don't talk with food in your mouth.

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#13

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Don't just show up randomly at someone's house. Call, text, or otherwise reach out and positivity confirm that it's okay before heading to someone else's home.

Nosunallrain , Dimitar Belchev Report

~hUmMuS vIbEs~
Community Member
2 months ago

I have some really close friends that we're comfortable enough to just rock up to each others houses, but don't do that unless it's someone you know won't have a problem with it.

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#14

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They dont need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.

sebastianrileyt2 , Mimzy Report

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
2 months ago

I always talk in a polite and friendly manner when making complaints. I have found they are more likely to go above and beyond to help. And always thank them afterwards and compliment their ability to help as it makes their day.

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#15

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Don’t touch pregnant people’s bellies.

What is it about being pregnant that suddenly makes other people feel entitled to touch you without asking.

saturdazzzed , Felipe Bustillo Report

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

You shouldn’t be touching other people anywhere, not their hair, not there butt not their stomach, nothing… not unless you ask first

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#16

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) PERSONAL SPACE (even when not in a pandemic)

keri112493 , Austin Distel Report

Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
Community Member
2 months ago

I really care about personal space. Its one of the most important things

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#17

Don't leave perishable items in random aisles or at the checkout. You're wasting food and driving prices up.

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Norma
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't believe we've fallen so far that this even happens. It saddens me.

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#18

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Stand back before boarding a bus, subway, metro, or elevator so that those on can get off quickly without having to wait for you to back up first

Lightmareman , Petar Avramoski Report

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

This goes for doors, elevators and escalators and everything else where people should be allowed to get off of a moving thing before you get on.

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#19

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) On an escalator, stand on the right so people can walk on the left.

ChicagoSocs , Geri Chapple Report

jjdubs W
Community Member
2 months ago

Unless in a left-side driving country. In those countries, it tends to be the opposite.

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#20

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If u borrow even a damn dollar and promise to bring it back, bring it back

Tinny_fluff_kitty , Blogging Guide Report

Michelle M
Community Member
2 months ago

People, pls don't lend money you can't give. Meaning that you shouldn't go out of your way to lend what you can't afford to give. That way, if the person doesn't return it, you won't be broke. Thank you

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#21

Double flush if you must. Nobody wants to see your poop crumbs.

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Amy Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Poop Crumbs lol! Just honked and spat my tea out. Getting funny looks now. Agreed, it is mank

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#22

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Never comment a person's weight, if they lost it, if they gained some. It's just very rude either way.

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

All you have to do is say you look good you don’t have to specify what part looks good or why

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#23

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Don't talk loudly on the phone while you're in public transportation, it's super uncomfortable for everyone

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

Or at least be aware that some people regard your loud conversation as as free entertainment.

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#24

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Wear deodorant if you are out in public

kyogre120 , ana_essentiels Report

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people have medical conditions where they either can not wear deodorant or the deodorant won’t help. I would rather smell a human than a sickening perfume all day

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#25

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Give up your seat to the pregnant lady on the bus/train (or to anyone else who needs it. Don't take up two seats because you like to put your feet/bag up).

Gherkinstein , Sigfrid Lundberg Report

Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember seeing a lady with a walker give up a handicapped spot for a man in an electric wheelchair. If she can do it, everyone else can do it.

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#26

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Never ask a person if they're pregnant. It's just rude and you never know their medical history.

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Alexia
Community Member
2 months ago

Similarly, never ask when they plan to have a child, or why they don't have children already. It's not your business and you don't know what trauma you may unveil. Maybe they had a miscarriage, maybe they did have a child who died at birth, or maybe they have been struggling to get pregnant.

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#27

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If you borrow a friends car or truck, always return it with a full tank of gas.

nraasch19 , SnapwireSnaps Report

jjdubs W
Community Member
2 months ago

At minimum, fill it to where it was when you borrowed it.

kerry kerry
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Or just fill it , it’s called gratitude And good will

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Melissa TO
Community Member
2 months ago

Please don't ask to borrow a vehicle more than once or twice. I had a friend who kept asking, over and over. I'm not a free car rental service.

Andrew Cohen
Community Member
2 months ago

Can I borrow your car? ;)

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OogieBoogie
Community Member
2 months ago

And don't leave your empty McD, KFC, Starbucks crap.

Ben Tate
Community Member
2 months ago

Or charge it if it’s an EV.

Pat Bond
Community Member
2 months ago

Not trying to be funny but unless its a family member, you do not "borrow" anyones car.

Ren Karlej
Community Member
2 months ago

Unless you are insured to drive a vehicle, don't drive it at all. Illegal in my country (UK).

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deathrose
Community Member
2 months ago

I have a spare truck I keep around. My uncle maintains it for free (he likes doing it).Totally paid off, had an antique tag, full coverage insurance on it is pretty much nothing. I keep it in case of emergencies and let my friends borrow it when they need to move or haul something. They always buy the gas for it. One time, though, I was rear-ended and my everyday car was put in the shop so I drove my truck. One of my friends threw a fit because it wasn't readily available to him. He said he buys gas so it's his car. I said and I pay for everything else. I almost lost my friend over it.

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

If it doesn't need fuel, getting it washed works well too.

iBlank
Community Member
2 months ago

and the next round of drinks is on you

Denise Mclean
Community Member
2 months ago

Gas yes, but with today's prices, be real !

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

and let the air out of the tires lol

James Heartney
Community Member
2 months ago

What if it's an EV?

Life is ?
Community Member
2 months ago

Or just give them a bar of chocolate.

Ninn Kynok 2
Community Member
2 months ago

And if not a CNG vehicle petrol/diesel as suitable.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
2 months ago

In Brazil you have to work for a whole year to refuel a sedan - it's a joke, and not

Ivana
Community Member
2 months ago

My sister borrowed my car and my bank card to get gas. She also go cigarettes for her and her friends and filled up their tanks too. She over-drafted my account then got furious with me for being mad. I don't miss being a teenager.

Neil Bidle
Community Member
2 months ago

Can I lend you my truck next time the tank is low? XD

Perry Sologia
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially if it's electric.

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
2 months ago

Huh? If someone borrows my car, I don't necessarily expect them to have access to a charger, and I'd rather have the back sooner than wait for it to be charged.

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#28

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) The last one to go to bed has to turn all the lights off

Rebeca2277 , Emma Fabbri Report

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Well then the cats got some learning to do

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#29

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) When someone else is paying the bill, you shouldn't order something very pricey. (It's understandable if something expensive is the only thing you are able to eat.)

yomomma1000 , Blake Wisz Report

Dee gee
Community Member
2 months ago

If you're sharing the bill and you clearly spent more than everyone else.. . Make sure you insist on paying the difference.

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#30

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) When you are shopping/looking for clothes and suddenly decide you don't want it anymore, put it back where you found it. Don't just dump it somewhere — it makes life hard for both workers who are cleaning up and the customers looking for something to buy.

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Adi A.
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Actually not, in a lot of stores you have a designated area near the cabins where you should leave them. Especially during the pandeminc it is not so smart to put your clothes back with the others after you have tried them on, they could carry nasty things.

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#31

If you make an appointment and can’t keep it, cancel or let someone know. I manage sales for a car dealership and we thrive on appointments. We understand things come up, just let us know. That simple gesture goes a long way.

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Jenny McKeown
Community Member
2 months ago

Car salesmen can be very pushy though! My mum ended up making an appointment because the person talking to her wouldn't take no for an answer but she had no intention of buying the car and didn't attend. I understand what you're saying but she didn't want to have to ring and engage with him again, having been intimidated into making the initial appointment.

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#32

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If your advice or opinion wasn’t asked for, don’t give it.

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Scott T Brynildsen
Community Member
2 months ago

I believe it's called a conversation. People have been having them for a very VERY long time. People need to stop making everything about them.

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#33

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) If you are going to talk with someone about your problems/issues, do a quick check-in first. Like, 'Are you in a good space for me to talk this out with you?' I’ve used it a few times, and I think just the basic courtesy of asking is such a relief to people!

lucille1234 , Andrea Tummons Report

Dee gee
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know about other cultures but in the UK this is pointless advice. There is NO Way anyone would respond to this by saying "actually no I'm in a s**t mood" we'd just grin and bear it either way.

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#34

The last of any food/drink is reserved for whoever bought said food/drink

Always leave stuff cleaner than it was when you got to it (campsites, AirBnBs, anything shared with people really)

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K Killian
Community Member
2 months ago

With the ridiculous cleaning fees that Airbnb's often charge, I'm not certain why I should be doing the cleaning for them.

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#35

If someone can't fix an aspect of their appearance in five minutes or less, don't mention it.

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Wait…what??? Is this a thing?

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#36

If you’re about to turn the light on in a dark room and someone is there, you have to announce what you’re about to do so the person doesn’t get a surprise. I feel like it’s really disrespectful to turn the light on without announcing it

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

My wife and I do this when it gets dark so that we can prepare our eyes.

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#37

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) When walking through a store, treat the aisles like lanes on a road. Keep to the right.

Bacondaddy199 , StockSnap Report

Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
Community Member
2 months ago

What if I'm in England?

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#38

Don't bombard people with a ton of taking when they obviously feel tired and overwhelmed, they are having enough trouble with their own stuff, to deal with all of your stuff.

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

You need to speak up if you’re tired. Not put it on others, you may think it’s obvious to other people and they may not be seeing what you think they’re seeing

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#39

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Never drink the last beer if you didn't buy them.

Digital_loop , kazuend Report

Scott T Brynildsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone on a budget wrote this. If you're offered the last beer, you get the last beer.

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#40

People Are Sharing "Unwritten Rules" Of Life That Everyone Should Be Aware Of (40 Answers) Always space out by one urinal in the restroom.

Mega_Smasher , Help Stay Report

Charles Amoranto
Community Member
2 months ago

And dont look at the others while peeing

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