There are just some things that are inherently rude, but often overlooked by the masses. What I am about to list should be common sense, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, common sense just isn’t common anymore.

1) Be on time.

Always be on time. 15 minutes early is on time. 5 minutes early is on time. If you arrive somewhere you’re supposed to be at the time you’re supposed to be there, you’re late. Being any later than the actual time given is just down right rude. Being late or not even showing up at all is disrespectful of someone else’s time. In fact, it’s a great way to never get asked to do something again, lose a potential job, get fired from a job, be known as someone who is unreliable, etc. If there is unexpected traffic or an emergency, everyone will understand. Do you best to contact whoever you’re meeting or wherever you’re supposed to be and let them know what is going on.

2) Be a welcome guest.

Always bring a gift to your host. If you’re staying at someone else’s home for awhile, make the bed everyday and the day you leave, fold the dirty sheets and set them on top of the bed along with any towels you have used. Offer to help with the cooking or washing dishes. Never out warm your welcome. If you even have a doubt that you may have been using someone’s place for too long, you probably have.

3) Have table manners.

Don’t start eating until everyone has their food – unless the person who doesn’t have their food insists more than once that you can eat. At that point, dig in. Chew with your mouth closed. Keep your elbows off the table.

4) Use your blinker

I don’t know how many people have to tweet about this for it to become common sense again. There is this crazy function that your car has that would allow the people around you to know that you’re going to be moving lanes or turning by blinking a yellow light. This gives people beside you and behind you, time to slow down so that both of you avoid an accident.

5) Park like you’ve obtained a license.

No one likes going into a parking lot to find that the only open spot is open because someone parked over the line. There is nothing more infuriating than when someone is parked so close to you that you can’t even get in your car. Don’t double park, don’t hold parking spaces for other people, and if you see someone waiting for your spot as you climb into your car, at least make some effort to go as quickly as possible.

6) Give people personal space.

There are few things more uncomfortable than someone standing extremely close to you for no reason. As a female, I also get very uncomfortable when someone walks up behind me very quickly then walks on my heels. 

7) Hold the door open for people.

No one is asking you to hold the door open for five minutes but if you know that someone is behind you, hold open the door. 

8) Be in the moment.

I am not suggesting that you aren’t ever allowed to look at your phone when you’re talking with people, especially when sometimes the conversation you’re having via text is important, but sometimes it’s best to put your phone down. When talking to your elders, put your phone away. When you’re in a meeting, your phone should be tucked away. When you’re in a movie theater, put your phone away.

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9) Pull over for funeral processions and emergency vehicles.

Pull over for funeral processions because it’s the respectful thing to do. Pull over for emergency vehicles because you don’t know what kind of emergency they are rushing to.

10) When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose.

Few things are as disgusting as someone coughing or sneezing in your personal space. If you cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow. It helps minimize germs spreading.

Honorable mentions: 

  • Don’t air your dirty laundry on social media

  • Wave to people who let you in during traffic

  • Respond to RSVPs

  • Thank people for gifts that give you especially via letter

  • Don’t be on your phone while ordering from a barista or paying for something at a store

  • If you borrow something from someone, return it as soon as possible.

You’re welcome.

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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