Yesterday I was waiting in line to purchase some sporting goods at Academy, and as a common courtesy to everyone behind me, I pulled out my gift card and credit card to move through the checkout process as quick as possible. An older good ol’ boy, maybe in his 50’s, stood in line behind me and recognized this act, rewarding my common courtesy by saying “helping speed up the process I see..I like your style.” It was the first time I have ever been acknowledged for doing something I practice on a daily basis, and I felt proud. However, I was also sad at the notion that common courtesy has diminished in society to the point that I am getting noticed and applauded. Here are 5 common courtesy failures I see on a regular basis that drive me crazy:
- Blocking foot traffic in a crowded place
- Don’t stand in a doorway or block access to one. Don’t shop in the grocery store like you are the only shopping cart in the place. Don’t talk to your friend in the middle of a hallway. If you have just one person that can’t get by you without touching you or saying ‘excuse me’, it’s time to move your conversation elsewhere.
- Driving under the speed limit on the highway in the left lane
- I don’t care if you drive 50MPH on the freeway, just do it in the right lane.
- People being late
- If you and your friends decide on meeting somewhere at a designated time, be there! It is not hard to be on time. If I don’t show up somewhere 5 minutes early, I consider myself late and call ahead. I am so tired of people taking this for granted. If that were a work environment, I would fire them.
- Not turning right on a red light in the right lane
- If I get in the right lane and don’t turn right at a red light and am preventing the guy behind me from doing so, I hate myself and sometimes give in and turn right. It’s just the way that I am wired and conditioned.
- It’s 2013. There is a trashcan within no more than 100 feet of everywhere you stand on Earth. Stop being lazy and hold onto your trash until you find it.
Kids up to the age of 5 or so walk around like they own the world with reckless abandonment. Unfortunately some people never grow out of it. I can understand children, the elderly, and the handicap making these mistakes; they get a free pass in applicable situations. I can even forgive those that make stupid mistakes and learn from it. However, I cannot stand people with complete disregard for the consideration of others. Don’t be that guy. If you or anyone you know is guilty of aforementioned common courtesy failures, it is not to late. It is not hard to take into consideration that other people might be in a hurry, even when you aren’t. A little common courtesy goes a long way.