Absolute musts for good manners

Unless you just don't give two shits about how you're perceived.

  • Say "please" when you want something and "thank you" when you get it.
  • Make eye contact with the receptionist/cashier/waiter/bellman. They're serving you and they're human.
  • Leave a tip. If you must, complain to the person in charge.
  • Use your blinker.
  • Hold the door for the person behind you.
  • Knock first, wait for an answer.
  • Put the lid back on and put it back in the fridge/cupboard.
  • Answer "yes" or "no thank you" to an invitation. "Maybe" is lame.
  • Wait your turn.
  • Offer to assist.
  • Admit your mistake and say you're sorry.
  • If you take the last sheet, replace the roll.
  • Manage your language around kids, old folks, and people from whom you want something.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Say "hello" when you arrive and "goodbye" when you leave.

Listed by procupcake on November 5th, 2009


  • Nice. See also: http://rulesformyunbornson.tumblr.com and http://www.therulesofagentleman.com

    posted by veganstraightedge on May 31st, 2010