20 Inconsiderate Things People Should Avoid Doing In Public

Published 1 year ago

In an ideal world, we imagine that when it comes to our interactions with society that they are pleasant and minimal and as drama free as possible. We each have so much going on individually, is it really fair to throw more problems on to the overburdened shoulders of others just trying to make their way in the world.

Somebody asked a question about ‘what is something people do in public that gets under your skin?’ and the online community delivered in their responses. The following are the most popular submissions chosen from over 5000 comments with details on our annoying traits that have just got to end.

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Get to the top/bottom of an escalator and then simply stop in order to figure out where to go next. Like, the rest of us have no choice in our movement right now, we’re going to pile up behind you!


#2 Having no situational awareness at all.

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#3 Stop in a walk path

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People who keep passing me and then slowing down so I have to pass them. I’m on cruise control going the same speed all the time. Pick a speed, we don’t need all this lane changing!


#5 Standing too close behind me in line. It will not make the line move faster, I promise.

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#6 Not letting people off the train before trying to cram themselves into a full car.

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Just let people off and there will be more room!!! how do you live/work in the city and not learn this by day 3!?


#7  Groups that walk 5 wide on a sidewalk chatting away like they’re the main characters

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#8  People being oblivious to their position or how they are blocking an entire aisle.

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I dont know how to put it but not navigating a store correctly. You should navigate a store like you drive. Leaving the aisle you stop and yield to people on the main walkway. Stay on your side while walking and pull over properly and get out of the way if you need to stop and look. Check your blind spots. Etc etc.

#10 People that take up the whole aisle in the grocery store. Push your s**t to one side or the other so other folks can shop, you inconsiderate prick.

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Leaving their shopping carts out in the middle of the parking lot, rather than taking the cart to those designated spots the store puts out.

#12 Idiot drivers who change lanes way too sudden and not use their f*****g turn signals.

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When I worked at Starbucks I got written up because I was working window and some guy came through in a pickup and ordered a venti caramel macchiato. He’s a regular turd when I open the window and charge him but when I came back and opened the window to give him his coffee, he was actively dumping all the garbage from inside his truck all over the drive thru. Receipts, kleenex, mcdonald’s wrappers and tim hortons cups, all over the ground and he was doing this like it was the most natural thing in the world. I said, “what are you doing?” and he said, “they pay them to clean it up”.

I said I was going to have to clean it up and he shrugged, so I dumped his drink on the ground between the window and his truck and told him I was saving him a step. It was rural Alberta, so the situation was de-escalated by an even bigger guy getting out of an even bigger truck behind him and telling Litterbug to get moving. Bro had to call the store to complain, I still had to pick up the garbage and I got written up but I’d do it again just to watch his face as he watches me dump his fucking drink.


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#14 People who litter

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#15 If you’re waiting for me to back out of my spot so you can take it, that’s cool, *but give me room to back out first for f**k’s sake.*

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#16 People who are obnoxiously loud with no consideration to the person(s) standing right next to them.

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Not pick up after their dog. I live in an apartment complex and I see dog s**t *everywhere* despite there being free baggies and trashcans. It’s literally in the lease agreement and they need to start enforcing it.

People who don’t leash their dogs. Regardless of their recall ability. When a dog comes running up to me and my dog, the owners always call out, “Oh it’s okay, he’s friendly!” Yeah, but you know who *ISN’T*? You know who is about to start s**t because a stranger just got up in her face? My cranky a*s 13 year old dog leashed by my side.

Also the cat owners that let their cats roam completely unattended outside. My dog has been attacked twice on our walks. Completely unprovoked ambush. I was scared she was gonna lose an eye.

#18 Watch Tik Toks or videos LOUDLY.

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#19 Coughing or sneezing without covering their mouths

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#20 Spit

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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