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The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow 

Jimmers2
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Updated April 23, 2020 72.4k votes 4.1k voters 85.5k views 68 items

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.
list ordered by
1
Cover Your Mouth When You Sneeze/cough
2
Clean up after yourself
3
Don't Park Like A Jerk
If you're afraid of damage to your precious car, leave it in the garage at home.
4
Give Others Their Personal Space
...guy in line behind me. Jesus!
5
Be Ready When You Get to the Front of the Line
Is it possible you didn't know you would have to pay?
6
Let People Off the Elevator Before Getting On
7
Darlene Molina added Flush the Toilet After You Use It
8
Take Your Loud/crying Children Out of Movie Theaters
9
Say Please and Thank You
10
Wash Your Hands
11
charlesletbette added Don't Text While Someone Is Talking to You.
12
Don't Smoke in Public Indoor Spaces
13
Don't Talk Over People
14
marylgraham64 added Mind Your Own Business
15
DeeRee added Slow Traffic Move Right!
16
ChrisLyons added Don't Cruise Slowly in the Left Lane.
17
Don't Use Your Phone in a Movie Theater
18
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
This one can cover driving, walking, standing, sitting, etc
19
taliaandalyssasmom added Hold the Door for the Person Behind You
20
lrmawg added Do Not Be Racist, Ever
21
PrestonNorwood added If Someone Says Hello to You, Say It Back.
22
Don't Aimlessly Stop On the Sidewalk/aisle
I'm looking at you, people in Costco.
23
Answer Your Phone When It Won't Disturb Others
Movies, restaurants, when you're paying for something... pretty much any public place, frankly
24
AnytreaClark added Wave As a Gesture of Thanks When a Fellow Driver Lets You Merge or Turn In-Front of Them
25
TacoTastic added In general, don't be a d*ck.