lifestyle 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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1,515 73
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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1,563 71
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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1,389 84
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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1,363 97
Be Ready When You Get to the F... is listed (or ranked) 6 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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1,408 97
Take Your Loud/crying Children... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Take Your Loud/crying Children Out of Movie Theaters

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1,547 97
Don't Park Like An Asshole is listed (or ranked) 8 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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1,306 111
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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1,253 127
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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688 29
Flush the Toilet After You Use... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Darlene Molina added Flush the Toilet After You Use It

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Don't Smoke in Public Indoor S... is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
marylgraham64 added Mind Your Own Business

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1,100 93
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

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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1,138 103
Slow Traffic Move Right! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
DeeRee added Slow Traffic Move Right!

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1,013 149
Don't Text While Someone Is Ta... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
charlesletbette added Don't Text While Someone Is Talking to You.

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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
taliaandalyssasmom added Hold the Door for the Person Behind You

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If Someone Says Hello to You, ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
PrestonNorwood added If Someone Says Hello to You, Say It Back.

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1,071 144
Don't Talk Over People is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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 Aimlessly Stop On the Si... is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

39 Ways to Repel a Potential Girlfriend

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Do Not Be Racist, Ever is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
lrmawg added Do Not Be Racist, Ever

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919 121
Don't Cruise Slowly in the Lef... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
ChrisLyons added Don't Cruise Slowly in the Left Lane.

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982 176
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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677 57
In general, don't be a dick. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
TacoTastic added In general, don't be a dick.

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858 64
Wave As a Gesture of Thanks Wh... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
AnytreaClark added Wave As a Gesture of Thanks When a Fellow Driver Lets You Merge or Turn In-Front of Them

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815 182
Take Your Loud/ Crying Childre... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
canitnft added Take Your Loud/ Crying Children Out of the Restaurant.

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1,034 213
Tip Your Server is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Tip Your Server

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy

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Drive With the Flow of Traffic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
lrmawg added Drive With the Flow of Traffic

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No stinky food for lunch at th... is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Give a Thank You Wave When Som... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Michelle Benson added Give a Thank You Wave When Someone Stops Their Car to Let You Cross.

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Don't Fart in An Elevator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
DennisNJ added Don't Fart in An Elevator

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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
BrianDewolf added 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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Keep Your Right On the Sidewal... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
FredSt-JeanBujold added Keep Your Right On the Sidewalk

The 51 Greatest Pictures of Animals Sitting Like People

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Do Not Bike in the Road If The... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
lrmawg added Do Not Bike in the Road If There Is a Sidewalk or Bikepath

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Thank Your Bus Driver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
BaamBabii added Thank Your Bus Driver

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Be Respectable to Your Childre... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Samantha Bruce added 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 Phone Conversations While C... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Ryan Campbell added No Phone Conversations While Checking Out at a Store

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Don't Act Like the Woman With ... is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
rah1st added No Loud Belching especially in enclosed areas around people  

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Don't Be More Than 5 Minutes L... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Sara Fritsch added Don't Be More Than 5 Minutes Late to Anything

Bucket List for Couples

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

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letting someone with less item... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
laomeni added letting someone with less items than you pay before you

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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
RobLein added Don't Abruptly Hang Up On People

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

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Do Not Tailgate the Vehicle Ah... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Keith Staple added Do Not Tailgate the Vehicle Ahead of You

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Mute Your Cellphones While in ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Keith Staple added Mute Your Cellphones While in Church

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Do Not Drive Under the Speed L... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Keith Staple added Do Not Drive Under the Speed Limit Unless the Weather or Visibility Is Bad

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Don't be sexist is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Ms.green added Don't be sexist