Do I really have to say these things? Apparently, yes. Somehow, consideration for others is dying – I hope to revive it.
Guidelines for Public Politeness
(By Tina B. Tessina www.tinatessina.com)
1. Public rest rooms, classrooms, waiting areas, etc:
Please think about the other people who will be here after you. If you accidentally drop a paper on the floor, please pick it up and discard it properly. If you’re worried about keeping your hands clean, use another paper to pick up the dropped one, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Please don’t leave toilet seats in an unuseable condition (don’t leave them wet) Use a toilet seat cover if you’re afraid of germs, or pick up the seat if you’re not gong to sit on it, so the next person doesn’t get a sprayed seat. If the area is messy, report it to someone. If there are no supplies, report it to someone.
2. On the sidewalk, public busses, trains and other transportation:
Think of the people who will come after you. Don’t leave food wrappers, discarded reading material, and other garbage just lying around. If there’s no trash receptacle, keep your discarded items until you get to the nearest trash can. Please don’t smash bottles in front of other people’s houses. Don’t empty your car ashtray in the gutter in front of someone’s house. Don’t spit on the street or sidewalk – it’s disgusting to others, and unsanitary. Please pick up after your pet. Even if your mama picked up after you all your life, you’re a grownup now, and it’s your job to pick up after yourself. If two or more of you are walking on the sidewalk and someone approaches, don’t force them off the sidewalk – move aside and make room. Oh, yes, and the old standby– if someone elderly, pregnant, or obviously disabled is standing, and you are young and able, get up and give up your seat.
3. When driving, understand that your car has turn signals for a reason:
Their purpose is to let others know what your intent is, so they can safely drive past you, or they’ll know when to wait. Giving no signal really increases the likelihood that you’ll be endangering yourself or others. A turn signal is also a polite way of asking to be allowed in to another lane on multiple-lane roads; so if you see one, let the driver in. It actually is faster than forcing him to create a traffic jam because someone rudely refused to allow access. Polite driving is safe driving. Honoring traffic rules, speed limits, and stop signs keeps you and everyone else safe. Rushing through like a maniac wins you nothing (it doesn’t even save time) and puts you, your passengers and everyone else in danger. You may think you have great reflexes and driving skills, but so did everyone else who got killed speeding. Also, please pay attention to pedestrians – especially in the rain or bad weather, when your car driving by might splatter or splash them, even if they’re on the curb. Oh, yes – noise. Honking and loud music, especially in residential areas at night or early morning is not appreciated by anyone who has to hear it. Neither are overly loud mufflers or motorcycles.
4. Treat service people with courtesy: