Live long enough and there is something other people will do in public that will drive you nuts! You never know if the person you were impatient with at the grocery store checkout line is the same person you’ll spot sitting on the judge’s bench tomorrow when you have to make an appearance at traffic court downtown. Now that would be awkward! It pays to be courteous, which is it may be a good idea for all of us to observe National Courtesy Month this September.
We’ve all had the displeasure of witnessing people commit some very discourteous acts out in public. Has that experience ever left you wondering if they didn’t care or simply didn’t know any better. While there are countless rude interactions occurring daily, the following is a quick laundry list of common pet peeves most everyone has likely experienced. Hopefully they’ll provide some inspiration to be a bit more thoughtful during National Courtesy Month.
– Grocery Store Checkout Line — How many times have you witnessed this: someone walks to the checkout line with one or two items in their hand. The person ahead of them, which has two grocery carts filled with food, decides that they would rather go ahead and start checking out instead of allowing the person behind them an opportunity to get checked out quickly. The poor individual behind them is therefore relegated to standing there and listening to the endless beeps as food is scanned. During National Courtesy Month, try practicing a little common courtesy and let the lady standing behind you holding a package of diapers step to the front of the line.
– Rolling through the ATM/Fast Food Drive-Thru — Remember, the ATM is a convenient option that allows bank customers the opportunity to retrieve money fast. That is impossible when there are some people who find it necessary to take their sweet time withdrawing money although there is a line of cars stretching from their rearview mirror. Don’t count your money when you’re sitting at the ATM, or make it a drawn out production to place those green bills into your wallet or purse. Other people are waiting to withdraw money and would sure appreciate it if you would be courteous enough to move out of the way. All it takes to be courteous is to pull into one of the spaces in the bank’s parking lot. Remember this suggestion at a fast-food window as well.
– Leave a Tip — Many people would be appalled to know that some diners send waiters to fetch everything under the sun during their meal and leave the restaurant without bestowing a tip. This is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone who can do this should have the tables turned on then so they can experience what it’s like to slave away for someone who is unappreciative. An appropriate tip is 15-20 percent of the pre-tax bill.
– Cellphone Use — When speaking on a cellphone inside public places, speak softly. Also stay off the cellphone when you are driving in heavy traffic. Drivers don’t realize how speaking on a cellphone causes them to lose concentration and increases odds of wrecking. Unless it’s an emergency, turn the cellphone off and drive.
– Rude Driving — One of the biggest complaints many people have about others’ behavior is when they are driving at a steady pace and somebody decides to pull out in front of them and drive at a snail’s pace. This type of irresponsibility can lead to accidents, an extreme case of whiplash, or even death. Therefore, drivers, make sure you kick it up a notch when you turn into heavy, oncoming traffic. Or just wait until traffic clears.