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September Is National Courtesy Month!


Live long enough and there is something other people will do in public that will drive you nuts! You never know if the person you were impatient with at the grocery store checkout line is the same person you’ll spot sitting on the judge’s bench tomorrow when you have to make an appearance at traffic court downtown. Now that would be awkward! It pays to be courteous, which is it may be a good idea for all of us to observe National Courtesy Month this September.

We’ve all had the displeasure of witnessing people commit some very discourteous acts out in public. Has that experience ever left you wondering if they didn’t care or simply didn’t know any better. While there are countless rude interactions occurring daily, the following is a quick laundry list of common pet peeves most everyone has likely experienced. Hopefully they’ll provide some inspiration to be a bit more thoughtful during National Courtesy Month.

- Grocery Store Checkout Line — How many times have you witnessed this: someone walks to the checkout line with one or two items in their hand. The person ahead of them, which has two grocery carts filled with food, decides that they would rather go ahead and start checking out instead of allowing the person behind them an opportunity to get checked out quickly. The poor individual behind them is therefore relegated to standing there and listening to the endless beeps as food is scanned. During National Courtesy Month, try practicing a little common courtesy and let the lady standing behind you holding a package of diapers step to the front of the line.

- Rolling through the ATM/Fast Food Drive-Thru — Remember, the ATM is a convenient option that allows bank customers the opportunity to retrieve money fast. That is impossible when there are some people who find it necessary to take their sweet time withdrawing money although there is a line of cars stretching from their rearview mirror. Don’t count your money when you’re sitting at the ATM, or make it a drawn out production to place those green bills into your wallet or purse. Other people are waiting to withdraw money and would sure appreciate it if you would be courteous enough to move out of the way. All it takes to be courteous is to pull into one of the spaces in the bank’s parking lot. Remember this suggestion at a fast-food window as well.

- Leave a Tip — Many people would be appalled to know that some diners send waiters to fetch everything under the sun during their meal and leave the restaurant without bestowing a tip. This is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone who can do this should have the tables turned on then so they can experience what it’s like to slave away for someone who is unappreciative. An appropriate tip is 15-20 percent of the pre-tax bill.

- Cellphone Use — When speaking on a cellphone inside public places, speak softly.  Also stay off the cellphone when you are driving in heavy traffic. Drivers don’t realize how speaking on a cellphone causes them to lose concentration and increases odds of wrecking. Unless it’s an emergency, turn the cellphone off and drive.

- Rude Driving — One of the biggest complaints many people have about others’ behavior is when they are driving at a steady pace and somebody decides to pull out in front of them and drive at a snail’s pace. This type of irresponsibility can lead to accidents, an extreme case of whiplash, or even death. Therefore, drivers, make sure you kick it up a notch when you turn into heavy, oncoming traffic. Or just wait until traffic clears.

17 comments

1 Esibonne { 01.26.13 at 10:06 am }

I am wondering why it has to be “just September.” Why can’t people be pleasant all year? Whatever happened to the “Christian Attitude?”

2 Liza Delacreaux { 09.18.12 at 11:04 pm }

People are more pleasant to be around when they are courteous and have manners. I always smile and say hello to strangers.

3 Candice { 09.11.12 at 5:39 pm }

@Kathy. First commentor. Some people have bank accounts that only allow them to do deposits via the ATM. So maybe this is a good time to exercise a little patience!!

4 Kathy { 09.11.12 at 4:55 am }

Getting behind someone at the drive thru ATM, that is using it to deposit several checks…is well very rude. Why do this when you can go the drive thru window and have a tell deposit all at the same time.

5 TheMaineMan { 09.07.12 at 8:04 pm }

One of my pet peeves is when somebody gets TOO CLOSE when talking to you. So you slowly back away… but they keep inching closer and closer as you subtly back away. If I’m backing away, that means you are too close… back off!

6 Raquel { 09.06.12 at 3:19 am }

Smile at a stranger………..Life’s to short……..Its free………..And it can change everything!

7 Shannon { 09.05.12 at 10:43 pm }

I can not stand it when I call a company and get rude customer service. I used to let it slide but now I do not hesitate to ask for a supervisor.

8 Cwatson { 09.05.12 at 9:21 pm }

i was taught when driving that if you are coming to a stop light or sign, you do not block a driveway. also, the center lane is to move into and slow down there, not slow down and move into the center lane at the turning point. speaking slowly when giving name and number over the phone, not as if you are in a race or must whisper.

9 bookybob { 09.05.12 at 6:32 pm }

If you see a person, male or female, and of any age, about to enter or leave a public building and they are disabled, please hold the door for them.

10 cindy { 09.05.12 at 2:17 pm }

A simple “hello” goes a long way!

11 Grammy_Red { 09.05.12 at 2:06 pm }

I’m glad my Mom brought me up correctly to mind my manners, show appreciation to others, be kind to everyone, and to always be courteous.
Anyone who acts otherwise did not have a mother as good as mine :)
Thank you Mom <3

12 Anna Turner { 09.05.12 at 11:58 am }

Why just in September? We should show courtesy everyday of the year, it is the christian thing to do. It isn’t hard to do. Just remember how you would like to be treated. Apply the golden rule. You do remember it don’t you?

13 Diane Bush { 09.05.12 at 10:33 am }

Also aggravated when people wait until the cashier tells them the total before they even attempt to retrieve their money, checkbook, plastic, etc. HELLO, you have to pay for it, get ready!

14 Vicki Blahut { 09.05.12 at 10:14 am }

I’m with you all the way Brenda. When I go to lunch with friends that constantly answer their cell phones and chat with callers is irritating and I make a note to not spend my lunch hour with them again. It is rude, rude, rude. No matter who you are out there – its rude!!!

15 Brenda Kaatman { 09.05.12 at 9:52 am }

I find it rude, when the people you are with, talk on their cell phone. Be courteous to those you are with & let them leave a message, you can call them back later!

16 J Cleland { 09.05.12 at 9:46 am }

To take a phrase from John Wayne- there is no milk of human kindness-
Today it is the exception rather than the rule to find someone that is courteous. My pet peave is that there is no respect for the older generation from young people today.

17 Laura-Jean Siggens { 09.05.12 at 8:53 am }

Ok one of my pet peeves is simple please and thank-you’s.

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