How to Behave in the General Public

In the past few weeks, I am reminded that class and manners are apparently a rare thing these days. I am starting to wonder if everyone has been brought up by a pack of wolves. Do you remember when you were little and you might have been so excited about something that you left the front door open. You parents yell out to you, you weren’t raised in a barn, Nadine…shut the door! We all had our moments. Well I think I know why my parents used that phrase. 

I have a few rules that maybe….just maybe….the general public is not aware of. Now some of these rules may be unspoken, and you didn’t know. Well now you do.

  1. If you are in the parking lot and you are dilly dallying around in your car with the doors open and you notice that the person next to you have been patiently waiting to back out…don’t continue farting around. Close the damn door or get out of the way! You are not the only person on this planet and maybe, just maybe other people have places to go and things to do! 
  2. You are on a 2 lane mountain road in a small town. The person in front of you is driving around the speed limit the entire time. You notice their county tag is the county you are driving through. They probably live in that area. Maybe they are driving 40 in a 40 mph zone because it is a known fact that there are cops on that road all the time that give tickets for going 42 mph. Riding their ass so bad that you are sitting in their back seat is not OK. Speeding is for the interstate or other roads where cops are not at. You know, not windy, hilly, dangerous roads. If you ride my ass for more than just a minute, I will go slow. I will go so painfully slow that you want to kill small kittens. You know why. Because I got All. Damn. Day. Thank you very much! 
  3. Opposite to that rule, if you are on the interstate and the speed limit is 70, and you are going 70 or less….get the hell over and out of my way. I ain’t got time fo dat!
  4. You are at a grocery store, standing in the middle of the aisle not only blocking what you are looking at, but your cart is also blocking some items. You are indecisive and not sure what you are looking for. Someone comes up and it is clear they are on a mission. How about you step out of their way? They don’t have time for you to decided which fat free dressing you are buying, even though your entire cart is full of unhealthy shit. Just, no. 
  5. You are texting and driving. We have all been there. The light turns green and maybe you missed that fact. Horns start honking. You realize, oh the light is green. Do not continue texting and not going!!!!
  6. You are in traffic, and there is a lane merging into yours. Don’t be an ass, let someone over. 
  7. You are at an intersection. Traffic is a bit heavy. Do NOT block the intersection. You are inconsiderate! 
  8. It’s called the thank you wave, use it. 
  9. You get in line at the grocery store. They are pretty busy, and they are about to open a new lane. There have obviously been people standing there way longer than you, do NOT cut them off. Nothing pisses me off more than when I have been standing there for 10 minutes and someone walks up and then a new lane opens and they cut ahead of me as I was asked to come over by the cashier. I will say something to you. Rude!
  10. You need to get gas, pull through and don’t block other pumps. 
  11. Someone holds a door open for you, the proper acknowledgement is thank you. Or at the very least a smile!
I can seriously go on for days….but these are just a few things that I have taken note of lately. 

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  • Reply Robin June 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Excellent post! As a grocery store cashier, I appreciate what you wrote for #4 and #9. Especially when people are on cell phones for #4. Can people not block an aisle while they stand there and talk on the phone about how the baby must be Quantario’s?

  • Reply Sara {Social Sara} June 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    You are hilarious and I couldn’t agree more! Just this week I was thinking about why people are so rude when I held the door for someone and didn’t even get an acknowledgment. So rude! I think that one is my biggest pet peeve. When that happens to me, I’ve started saying “oh you’re welcome!” and they either think I’m a smart aleck or having a hearing problem but seriously, I don’t care! No time for rudeness!

  • Reply Valerie June 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Love #4, 7 and 8!!!
    Can I add one? I find it extremely rude when people have loud, personal conversations on their cell phones in public. I was in the elevator the other day and the woman next to me was on the phone with someone describing in great detail how she couldn’t stop her son from “touching himself.” God only knows how old the poor kids was! 5? 15? It was SO embarassing! I didn’t know where to look!

  • Reply jackie jade June 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    haha all so so true. i hate when i open a door for myself and someone just walks right through it without a thought as if i am their personal doorman. i’m that person who saracastically yells “you’re welcome!” oops haha.
    — jackie @ jade and oak
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  • Reply amypboydspeaks.com June 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    This is a great start to what could be a long long list. It just seems people are just to much into themselves to think of how what they are doing effects other.

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