Culture The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow  

Jimmers2
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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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2,277 71
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
2
2,157 93
Clean up after yourself is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Clean up after yourself
3
2,100 110
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!
4
2,175 98
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
5
1,933 125
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
6
1,957 132
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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1,899 141
Be Ready When You Get to the F... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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2,131 119
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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1,828 149
Wash Your Hands is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Wash Your Hands
10
1,259 43
Flush the Toilet After You Use... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Darlene Molina added Flush the Toilet After You Use It
11
1,689 205
Don't Use Your Phone in a Movi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
Don't Use Your Phone in a Movie Theater
12
1,468 264
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
13
1,532 147
Slow Traffic Move Right! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
DeeRee added Slow Traffic Move Right!
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1,401 204
Don't Text While Someone Is Ta... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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1,521 119
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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1,300 228
Mind Your Own Business is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
marylgraham64 added Mind Your Own Business
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1,180 85
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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1,150 104
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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1,419 184
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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1,016 214
Do Not Be Racist, Ever is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
lrmawg added Do Not Be Racist, Ever
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1,253 215
Answer Your Phone When It Won'... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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1,236 147
Don't Cruise Slowly in the Lef... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow
ChrisLyons added Don't Cruise Slowly in the Left Lane.
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1,273 224
Return Your Shopping Cart is listed (or ranked) 23 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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1,179 274
Don't Aimlessly Stop On the Si... is listed (or ranked) 24 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.
25
989 83
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.