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
Community Member
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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

i_dunno_mate_159 , Becca McHaffie Report

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.

heyNOTathrowawy , Mimi Thian Report

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.

Astrid Manthej
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes people give you their opinion but you haven't been talking to them. You know, complete strangers. Happened to me once while out grocery shopping. I put a milk carton in my cart and some random dude walks by telling me not to get this milk bc he finds it disgusting. I liked it. I never asked for his opinion, nor did we talk after that. Or ever meet again.

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

You don't have to take it if you don't want it, but don't be quick to dismiss it. Just listen, it might give a new perspective. Especially if it was given with good intentions.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
2 months ago

Exactly. Maybe the person didn't ask for advice but they're venting about a problem. A problem which you know has a simple and obvious solution because you yourself had the exact same problem earlier. This is called shared experience. With that said, if someone wants to vent, just let them vent first.

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Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

It realllllly depends on the context and the person. There are cases where I will give my advice or opinion even when it's not asked. Seeing a toddler with a dummy? I keep my mouth shut. I see a pushchair with a blanket covering it, I say something.

BensMom
Community Member
2 months ago

I think I agree with you that toddlers with dummies/pacifiers are usually too old to be running around chewing on it. Dummies/pacifiers are good for pacifying(!) small infants. We told our daughter when she hit 2 that the dummy had to stay by her bed and was not allowed out of the house. No argument. To our surprise. She actually quit it shortly after.

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Giles McArdell
Community Member
2 months ago

Sorry but this is just what people say when they are already spouting their opinions and they don't want anyone to disagree with them. If you are in a conversation on a subject you should expect to hear other peoples opinions on that subject.

Cheri Aline Sydney
Community Member
2 months ago

... And... What you decide to discuss in public, loud enough for everyone to hear, likely makes the topic their business, as well.... So saying "Mind your own business" gets you nowhere....

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First Name Last Name
Community Member
2 months ago

If your advice or opinion wasn’t asked for, don’t give it. Doesn't that mean this whole gallery should be deleted?

Phil Zakhariadis
Community Member
2 months ago

Not really, because we basically ask to see what's being said here by following the link to this article.

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

If you make your opinion known in a general term. It’s going to be much better received if you don’t use the word should or shouldn’t. I often use the term “you might want to consider” or “maybe you want to consider” It keeps people from getting defensive immediately

Nat Hedley
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This one's awful. If you don't want people to respond to a subject, don't bring it up, otherwise you're just expecting to be able to vomit the contents of your head all over everyone at will and all they're 'allowed' to do is nod and smile. I mean, really, what kind of narcissist thinks they get to set the rules about every conversation they have?

Lisa Bateman
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't really agree with this. You can give people the benefit of your experience, but they don't have to take your advice. It's about HOW you talk to people. You can explain what works for you, but accept that their solutions are valid as well.

Nicholas Kraemer
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know about that. A warning about a closed trail ahead, a cheaper store around the corner, or countless other things.

Charles Amoranto
Community Member
2 months ago

I give my opinion to people but not telling them to stop what they doing. I just tell them options and remind them that this is just my opinion you don't need to do it. Its just some people didnt realize they ae doing it worng or shame to ask. That's why i just gibe opions

Kyra DarkStar
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

If you don't want my advice or opinion on something don't talk to me about it or warn me upfront that you're just venting and don't want my input.

Christoph
Community Member
1 month ago

dont dump your stuff on people if you don't want advice.

Missy Hines
Community Member
1 month ago

If the conversational comment starts with "You should...", I doubt the advice/opinion was asked for. Don't tell people what to do.

Sammy Wilson
Community Member
2 months ago

no you can still give advice if you know what you are talking about

v
Community Member
2 months ago

If I'm not part of the group/conversation don't talk loud enough that I've enough information order to give an opinion. If I'm part of the group/conversation I'll give my opinion. It's called conversation for a reason.

Nicki
Community Member
2 months ago

I read this in the comment section of another post (I wish I could remember who said it), it said, ask the person, "do you need comfort or solutions?" My husband and I use this now and it saves a lot of time and bad feelings. Sometimes people just need to vent and some sympathy.

A Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

If I'm obviously stressed about something, the last thing I want is an "I told you so". That's just lemon juice in fresh wounds hon.

Dr. Carlos Dangercat
Community Member
2 months ago

I understand what people are saying about a dialog, but someone people, such as myself, have a tendency to shove their oar in unnecessarily. I think I'm being helpful by offering what I think is a better solution but it frequently annoys people. An acronym I like is WAIT = "Why Am I Talking?"

Deborah B
Community Member
2 months ago

If you really want to give them advice, say "I really want to help you/be supportive for you right now. Would you like to brainstorm for solutions, or do you need me to just listen/ give you emotional support/let you vent?" Or "Are you asking for my take on this, or do you just need my support?"

Flip
Community Member
2 months ago

No that's nice if you do so anyway and that's why they consider Dutch ppl rude. https://stuffdutchpeoplelike.com/2011/05/28/dutch-directness/

Perry Sologia
Community Member
2 months ago

Doesn't this completely negate Twitter? (I hope so)

LivingTheDream
Community Member
1 month ago

If you don't want people to respond then don't tell them your problems. Other people are not your psychological dumping ground. The average person wants to help their friends and loved ones. If you just need an ear, then specify that. Otherwise, if you aren't looking for a solution then you are just pissing in the wind.

Denise Mclean
Community Member
1 month ago

or the other person needs to speak !

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, learn to listen and respond.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, I am not going to be rude unless warranted, but I am a human with knowledge and opinions and I’m not going to be a quiet little doormat.

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
1 month ago

True

Yaga Bialski
Community Member
1 month ago

Stupid won't get it, smart doesn't need it!

Alan Green
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't help people. Gotcha.

Calvin Suzuki
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes people are too scared to ask for advice, so I think that sometimes it’s ok to give it

sam puckett
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I don't understand what's wrong with this one. I do this all the time. When my friend has nothing to talk about I talk about my opinion. I see nothing wrong with this. Unless you interrupt the other person to make everything about you, nothing's wrong with sharing your opinion

Carol Tocci
Community Member
2 months ago

This is kind of hard when you see someone you care about doing something that is detrimental to their wellbeing.

Don't Look
Community Member
2 months ago

My advice? I haven't got any. No one ever gave me advice that really helped me and I doubt I can help you. I can tell you the truth and that's not necessarily advice.

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

The comments section on BP would be pretty sparse if we all took this one up.

Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

Unless you are on Twitter or Facebook, or any other social media.

Unnamed Hooman
Community Member
2 months ago

I get it, but we have freedom of speech… I don’t want to cause drama, downvote if you want. I just find it rude when people say “Did I ask?” It’s revoking their rights, and basically saying that their opinion doesn’t matter.

Potatogamers2
Community Member
1 month ago

Freedom of speech doesn't mean yoh can say anything you want to anybody you want. There are limitations on freedom of speech (ie, it's not 100% freedom of all speech) and it's mostly freedom of consequences from the government.

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Kimberly Buchanan
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2 months ago

You would think that is common sense. People don't have common sense anymore

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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.

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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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