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September 7th, 2010
You're Being Rude

Five Everyday Etiquette Mistakes

You can't pick your nose or burp in public and get away with it, but for some reason people make OTHER etiquette mistakes every day and no one calls them out.  Here are five etiquette mistakes you should never make again . . .

#1.)  NOT STEPPING AWAY TO MAKE A PHONE CALL.  The worst is when people do it at DINNER.  But if you need to make a call during ANY social situation, you should go outside, or go to a different room.
(If you're standing in line at the grocery store, or sitting on a bus and you CAN'T step away, just be as quiet as possible.)

#2.)  ARGUING OVER HOW TO SPLIT UP THE CHECK.  If you're with a big group and you're all on one bill, it's inevitable that someone won't chip in enough, and others will have to pay extra.
So just be prepared to throw down a few extra dollars to make sure the waitress gets a decent tip.
And if someone CONSISTENTLY underpays, bring it up later . . . not in the middle of the restaurant.

#3.)  NOT GIVING UP YOUR SEAT.  If YOU'RE sitting and a PREGNANT woman is STANDING, the laws of basic human decency say you should give up your seat . . . even if you had a tough day.

#4.)  ACCIDENTALLY DOMINATING CONVERSATIONS.  When someone tells a story, ask follow-up questions.  Most people tend to respond with some version of, "Okay, now here's how your story applies to ME."   

#5.)  GROOMING YOURSELF IN PUBLIC.  If something's stuck in your teeth, deal with it behind closed doors.

And even if you're just sitting in your living room with a friend, anything you'd normally do in a BATHROOM . . . like clipping your fingernails or cleaning your ears . . . SHOULD be done in a bathroom. 



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