Recently, Reddit user u/0_7_0 decided to find out what are the prime examples of common sense.
On July 13, they made a post on r/AskReddit, asking people “What is one ‘unwritten rule’ that you believe everyone should know and follow?” And it blew up.
As of this article, u/0_7_0’s question has received over 3,400 comments, many of which are valuable tidbits we all should listen to. Here are some of the most upvoted ones.
If someone is giving you a ride, you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up
Just because you know someone who does something for a living, that doesn’t automatically mean they owe you a discount if you ask for their services.
If you want to go for a hike and listen to music, come with earphones or headphones. Don’t blast loud music.
Don’t just show up randomly at someone’s house. Call, text, or otherwise reach out and positivity confirm that it’s okay before heading to someone else’s home.
Never comment a person’s weight, if they lost it, if they gained some. It’s just very rude either way.
When someone else is paying the bill, you shouldn’t order something very pricey. (It’s understandable if something expensive is the only thing you are able to eat.)
Stand back before boarding a bus, subway, metro, or elevator so that those on can get off quickly without having to wait for you to back up first
When you are shopping/looking for clothes and suddenly decide you don’t want it anymore, put it back where you found it. Don’t just dump it somewhere — it makes life hard for both workers who are cleaning up and the customers looking for something to buy.
Never ask a person if they’re pregnant. It’s just rude and you never know their medical history.
The ‘wave’ of thank you when someone lets you in while driving in traffic. It’s just polite
Don’t touch pregnant people’s bellies.
What is it about being pregnant that suddenly makes other people feel entitled to touch you without asking.
If you are going to talk with someone about your problems/issues, do a quick check-in first. Like, ‘Are you in a good space for me to talk this out with you?’ I’ve used it a few times, and I think just the basic courtesy of asking is such a relief to people!
When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They dont need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.
Give up your seat to the pregnant lady on the bus/train (or to anyone else who needs it. Don’t take up two seats because you like to put your feet/bag up).
If you make an appointment and can’t keep it, cancel or let someone know. I manage sales for a car dealership and we thrive on appointments. We understand things come up, just let us know. That simple gesture goes a long way.
Double flush if you must. Nobody wants to see your poop crumbs.
Don’t leave perishable items in random aisles or at the checkout. You’re wasting food and driving prices up.
If someone can’t fix an aspect of their appearance in five minutes or less, don’t mention it.
If you’re about to turn the light on in a dark room and someone is there, you have to announce what you’re about to do so the person doesn’t get a surprise. I feel like it’s really disrespectful to turn the light on without announcing it
Don’t bombard people with a ton of taking when they obviously feel tired and overwhelmed, they are having enough trouble with their own stuff, to deal with all of your stuff.
The last of any food/drink is reserved for whoever bought said food/drink
Always leave stuff cleaner than it was when you got to it (campsites, AirBnBs, anything shared with people really)