According to a recent survey, bad manners are the biggest problem facing modern society. Good manners? Well, apparently they’re fast becoming a thing of the past!
Whether you care to agree or not I’m sure you’d no doubt concur with me that commonplace society is not raising the bar – it’s more likely being lowered.
Interestingly enough, ninety per cent of those questioned in the survey blamed the decline in standards on the example offered by parents.
1. Spitting on the street or out of cars.
2. People who try to board public transport before letting others get off.
3. Standing two-abreast on escalators, making it impossible for people in a hurry to move by.
4. Smokers who hold their cigarettes away from fellow companions but allow their smoke to drift towards others.
5. Uncovered sneezing, coughing and prolonged sniffing.
6. People noisily chewing gum.
7. Queue hoppers and line jumpers – wait your turn!
8. Shop assistants who keep talking among themselves or continue a personal phone call while you’re waiting to be served.
9. Prolonged PDA-ing in public.
10. Commuters who take up two seats – one for themselves and one for their bag. Or young travelers not giving up seats to elders.
11. Motorists who do not return your wave after you’ve let them in a queue ahead of you.
Really, it doesn’t take much to show a little courtesy when you’re in public. If you have been an offender of one of these (or more!) think of others and you’ll be amazing how far a little respect and courtesy goes!