The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

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List Criteria: 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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    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

    added by Darlene Molina
    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

    added by DeeRee
    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

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Don't Smoke in Public Indoor Spaces

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    Pay Attention to Your Surround... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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    Answer Your Phone When It Won'... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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    Don't Talk Over People is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow


    Don't Talk Over People

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    Hold the Door for the Person B... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    ranked low on reranks & added by taliaandalyssasmom
    Hold the Door for the Person Behind You

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    Mind Your Own Business is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by marylgraham64
    Mind Your Own Business

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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

    added by PrestonNorwood
    If Someone Says Hello to You, Say It Back.

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    Don't Aimlessly Stop On the Si... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

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    Don't Aimlessly Stop On the Sidewalk/aisle I'm looking at you, people in Costco.

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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

    added by charlesletbette
    Don't Text While Someone Is Talking to You.

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    Don't Cruise Slowly in the Lef... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by ChrisLyons
    Don't Cruise Slowly in the Left Lane.

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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

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    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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    Tip Your Server is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow


    Tip Your Server

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    In general, don't be a dick. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by TacoTastic
    In general, don't be a dick.

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    Drive With the Flow of Traffic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by lrmawg
    Drive With the Flow of Traffic

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    Don't Fart in An Elevator is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by DennisNJ
    Don't Fart in An Elevator

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    Escalators: Stand On the Right... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow


    Escalators: Stand On the Right, Walk On the Left

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    Do Not Be Racist, Ever is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by lrmawg
    Do Not Be Racist, Ever

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

    added by canitnft
    Take Your Loud/ Crying Children Out of the Restaurant.

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    Don't Walk Side by Side in a B... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by BrianDewolf
    Don't Walk Side by Side in a Busy Area, Let People Pass

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    Do Not Bike in the Road If The... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    often listed & added by lrmawg
    Do Not Bike in the Road If There Is a Sidewalk or Bikepath

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    Don't Act Like the Woman With ... is listed (or ranked) 34 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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    Give a Thank You Wave When Someone Stops Their Car to Let You Cross.

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    Keep Your Right On the Sidewal... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by FredSt-JeanBujold
    Keep Your Right On the Sidewalk

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    Wave As a Gesture of Thanks Wh... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    ranked low on reranks & added by AnytreaClark
    Wave As a Gesture of Thanks When a Fellow Driver Lets You Merge or Turn In-Front of Them

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    Thank Your Bus Driver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by BaamBabii
    Thank Your Bus Driver

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    Be Respectable to Your Childre... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by Samantha Bruce
    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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    No Loud Belching is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by rah1st
    No Loud Belching especially in enclosed areas around people 

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    letting someone with less item... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by laomeni
    letting someone with less items than you pay before you

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    No Phone Conversations While C... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by Ryan Campbell
    No Phone Conversations While Checking Out at a Store

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    often listed & added by Snarkling Forever
    Keep Your Loud/crying Children Out of Public Places Not everyone thinks your little angel is so sweet.

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    Smile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by RobLein
    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) 45 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

    added by RobLein
    Don't Abruptly Hang Up On People

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    Don't Be More Than 5 Minutes Late to Anything

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

    added by lrmawg
    Sedate All Babies Before Boarding an Airplane

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