Unspoken Rules Everyone Should Know


A Reddit post asked “What's an unspoken rule that annoys you when people don't know about it?"

Responses include:

  • "Let people know when you have them on speakerphone! Especially when your husband/wife/partner/friend/any other human is within earshot."
  • "Standing in doorways. Go in or out, but get out of the way."
  • "You don't need to attach yourself to the person in front of you when standing in queue."
  • "Standing in the middle of the supermarket aisle blocking the entire aisle with your cart while you stare at the shelf is not OK."
  • "When someone hands you their phone to use, don't (bleeping) go through it. It's rude."
  • "If someone pays for something for you, you really shouldn't make them ask you to pay them back. Ideally not even once, but especially not two or three times."
  • "Turn signals. They're meant to be a warning, not an afterthought."
  • "Stairs are for ascending and descending. Move out of the way when you are done using them. Standing in front of them and looking around like a lost tourist is not one of their functions."
  • "Wait for others to exit an elevator or train before entering."
  • "Don’t play music out loud from your mobile phones on public transportation. I get that you’re going to have a boring ride, but don’t ruin everyone else’s."
  • "Don’t ask people to do their job for free, even if you’re friends or family."
Chalk board with rules written

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