culture The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow  

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List Rules Unspoken social rules only, not laws like 'don't jaywalk'.

It's probably always been this way, but doesn't it seem like there are a lot of a**holes just everywhere nowadays? We are social animals, we have to deal with each other every day. Why make things so awful? Just... simple stuff. Be polite, pay attention, toss out a kindness every now and then. And if those things are too tough, then, please, at least just stop being such a jerk. Vote for the ones you wish more people would obey, and add whatever you think is missing.
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Cover Your Mouth When You Snee... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Cover Your Mouth When You Sneeze/cough

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Clean up after yourself is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Clean up after yourself

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Give Others Their Personal Spa... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Give Others Their Personal Space ...guy in line behind me. Jesus!

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Say Please and Thank You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Say Please and Thank You

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Let People Off the Elevator Be... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Let People Off the Elevator Before Getting On

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Take Your Loud/crying Children... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Take Your Loud/crying Children Out of Movie Theaters

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Don't Park Like An Asshole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Park Like An Asshole If you're afraid of damage to your precious car, leave it in the garage at home.

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Be Ready When You Get to the F... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Be Ready When You Get to the Front of the Line Is it possible you didn't know you would have to pay?

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Wash Your Hands is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Wash Your Hands

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Don't Use Your Phone in a Movi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Use Your Phone in a Movie Theater

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Flush the Toilet After You Use... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Flush the Toilet After You Use It

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Slow Traffic Move Right! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Slow Traffic Move Right!

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Don't Smoke in Public Indoor S... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Smoke in Public Indoor Spaces

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Mind Your Own Business is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Mind Your Own Business

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Pay Attention to Your Surround... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings This one can cover driving, walking, standing, sitting, etc

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Hold the Door for the Person B... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Hold the Door for the Person Behind You

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Don't Talk Over People is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Talk Over People

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Answer Your Phone When It Won'... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Answer Your Phone When It Won't Disturb Others Movies, restaurants, when you're paying for something... pretty much any public place, frankly

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If Someone Says Hello to You, ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
If Someone Says Hello to You, Say It Back.

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Don't Cruise Slowly in the Lef... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Cruise Slowly in the Left Lane.

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Don't Text While Someone Is Ta... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Text While Someone Is Talking to You.

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Don't Aimlessly Stop On the Si... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Aimlessly Stop On the Sidewalk/aisle I'm looking at you, people in Costco.

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No stinky food for lunch at th... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
No stinky food for lunch at the office Fish. Also, fish. And fish.

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Return Your Shopping Cart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Return Your Shopping Cart Or at least put it out of the way of people trying to park!

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In general, don't be a dick. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
In general, don't be a dick.

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Do Not Be Racist, Ever is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Do Not Be Racist, Ever

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Tip Your Server is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Tip Your Server

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Drive With the Flow of Traffic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Drive With the Flow of Traffic

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Wave As a Gesture of Thanks Wh... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Wave As a Gesture of Thanks When a Fellow Driver Lets You Merge or Turn In-Front of Them

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Don't Fart in An Elevator is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Fart in An Elevator

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Take Your Loud/ Crying Childre... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Take Your Loud/ Crying Children Out of the Restaurant.

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Do Not Bike in the Road If The... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Do Not Bike in the Road If There Is a Sidewalk or Bikepath

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Don't Walk Side by Side in a B... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Walk Side by Side in a Busy Area, Let People Pass

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Escalators: Stand On the Right... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Escalators: Stand On the Right, Walk On the Left

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Give a Thank You Wave When Som... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Give a Thank You Wave When Someone Stops Their Car to Let You Cross.

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Thank Your Bus Driver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Thank Your Bus Driver

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Keep Your Right On the Sidewal... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Keep Your Right On the Sidewalk

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Be Respectable to Your Childre... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Be Respectable to Your Children As Well As Others It's not needed to shame, humiliate and be mean to children. It's quite disheartening to see how our future generation is being treated. Only respect and kindness will teach respect and kindness.

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Don't Act Like the Woman With ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Act Like the Woman With the Crying Baby Is Trying to Ruin YOUR Day Her day is already ruined, believe me.

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No Loud Belching is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
No Loud Belching especially in enclosed areas around people  

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No Phone Conversations While C... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
No Phone Conversations While Checking Out at a Store

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letting someone with less item... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
letting someone with less items than you pay before you

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Smile is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Smile Sometimes your smile can make a person's day.

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Don't Abruptly Hang Up On Peop... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Abruptly Hang Up On People

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Don't Be More Than 5 Minutes L... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Be More Than 5 Minutes Late to Anything

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Keep Your Loud/crying Children... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Keep Your Loud/crying Children Out of Public Places Not everyone thinks your little angel is so sweet.

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Sedate All Babies Before Board... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Sedate All Babies Before Boarding an Airplane