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People Are Sharing Unspoken Rules That Everyone Breaks All The Time And I Agree With 75% Of Them

"When someone hands you their phone to use, don't go through it."

Has anyone really irked you when they've done something YOU thought was, like, an unspoken rule of just life in general? Well, on Friday, Reddit user u/HAXposed asked, "What's an unspoken rule that annoys you when people don't know about it?"

Two people drinking tea

1. "Let people know when you have them on speakerphone! Especially when your husband/wife/partner/friend/any other human is within earshot."


2. "Standing in doorways. Go in or out, but get out of the way."


3. "You don't need to attach yourself to the person in front of you when standing in queue."


4. "Standing in the middle of the supermarket aisle blocking the entire aisle with your cart/trolly while you stare at the shelf is not OK."


a person holding an iPad and perusing the produce aisle

5. "When someone hands you their phone to use, don't fucking go through it. It's rude."


6. "If someone pays for something for you, you really shouldn't make them ask you to pay them back. Ideally not even once, but especially not two or three times."


7. "Respect people's right to say no. It's OK to ask someone for something, or to do something, or whatever — but if they say no, don't pester them or guilt trip them. People who pressure their friends are kind of garbage friends."


8. "Turn signals. They're meant to be a warning, not an afterthought."


A man lifting weights with his left arm as he listens to music

9. "Re-rack your weights at the gym."


10. "Warn people that you/your kid is sick before turning up at their house/interacting with them. My toddler caught chicken pox, the flu, a stomach bug, and hand, foot, and mouth disease in the last 12 months, all of which could have been avoided.”


11. "Stairs are for ascending and descending. Move out of the way when you are done using them. Standing in front of them and looking around like a lost tourist is not one of their functions."


12. "If you smoke, don’t smoke right outside the entrance to the building! Not only are you in the way, but everyone coming in or out gets a face full of smoke. Move out the way."


Three people standing outside and smoking

13. "Wait for others to exit an elevator or train before entering."


14. "Don’t play music out loud from your mobile phones on public transportation. I get that you’re going to have a boring ride, but don’t ruin everyone else’s."


A person with a headset on and and speaking into a phone at their desk

15. "Don’t ask people to do their job for free, even if you’re friends or family."


16. "Eat with your mouth closed."


Which rules did they miss? Let me know in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.