When it comes to new money, if there’s one thing that tips this person off, it’s spending lavishly on big brands. In general, the concept here is all about showing off.
Now that this person has money, they want to make sure other people know it. In this day and age, a huge designer logo is a pretty easy way to advertise that you can afford something that other people aspire to.
Another Way to Brag
While using your fashion to talk for you is one way to establish a visible symbol of your wealth, there are some people who prefer a verbal approach.
In this person’s experience, people who came from new money were much more likely to be flashy and show off the things they bought. They also noticed that perspective seemed to carry over to bragging about their wealth and how much they spend.
The General Attitude
How you carry yourself refers to your poise and general attitude. For some, you can read something about someone’s mood or even personality in how they moved.
In general, the OP noticed that people who are categorized as “new money” are more likely to peacock around. On the contrary, people who come from family money are more likely to refrain from this behavior. After all, they don’t need to prove their place.
That’s Not Always How it Goes
Of course, people vary and a lot determines their behavior outside of wealth. So, what one person noticed might differ from what someone else has seen.
From this person’s experience, it’s the older money that often leads to more entitled behavior. After all, they’ve never lived on the other side of the division they’re accustomed to, so they expect a lot just by custom.
Old Money Tells
There are some things that you can fake or impersonate. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture and miss the details.
This person couldn’t quite put their finger on what it is but apparently “old money” is able to recognize their kind without fail. Maybe it’s because you’d have to try really hard to pretend that you weren’t trying at all.
What Are You Willing to Pay?
There are some people, most people even, that will ask you how much something costs before committing to it. It’s the nature of managing money in day-to-day life.
This person noticed that people from old money or generational wealth wouldn’t do. In the end, they’ll pay whatever they have to as long as they’re happy with the service. Those that come new money, on the other hand, try to pay as little as possible.
Finding the Focal Point
When it comes to what you buy, there are a few luxuries people associate with wealth. For instance, you probably picture a mega-mansion or acres and acres of land.
From what this person said, you can get an idea of whether someone is from old or new money based on the property they choose. Is it in plain sight? Probably new money. On the other hand, if you want to spot old money, look for the long driveway leading to the house with acres and acres around it.
When we think of big investments, houses are only part of the picture. People put a lot of money into their cars as well as their homes. For the wealthy, a luxury car can be a real symbol of status.
When this person sees a newer luxury car like a Porsche or BMW, it leads them to think of new money. As for old money, they expect something a bit more vintage and well-kept.
Another Automotive Take
Another difference between these divisions of wealth is another automotive take. This one isn’t about how old or new your car was — but rather, it comes down to size.
This person noticed a trend when it comes to larger luxury vehicles compared to more succinct, compact sports cars. If someone is looking for space and luxury, there’s a good chance they come from family money.
All the Patience in the World
When it came to dealing with people at the marina, this OP figured out the difference between people that come from family wealth rather than new wealth.
When people with old money come to the marina, a surprising number of them come in looking scrappy. Plus, they rarely have complaints, according to the OP.
On Tips and Gratuities
People with wealth tend to hire various staff members. Who wouldn’t take the chance to not do chores if someone else can handle them without you missing the money?
This person worked as a cleaner for many wealthy people, which has given them a chance to experience regular contact with their clients. They’ve noticed that their clients of old money tend to be a bit more generous when it comes to tips and gifts than their new money counterparts.
Someone Else Noticed Too
As we’ve already seen in this article, there are some things that cleaners have noticed about old and new money when they’re on the job. Take this OP’s experience, for instance.
When working with people new to money and those who come from generations of wealth, the OP definitely noticed a difference in how they were treated as hired help. It seems those new to wealth aren’t afraid to be nasty to their staff.
Summing it Up Well
This comes from another person who noticed that there was a tell in the way that people spoke to the people they hired or the staff they encountered when they were out and about.
In their experience, this person noticed that when you compare new wealth to old, people of newer wealth tend to bark orders. According to this OP, that’s not the case when it comes to clients with old money. In fact, it’s the total opposite!
Not Always, Though
At the end of the day, these posts are all based on interactions that people have had with others. So, there are certain things that these points of view might actually differ on.
As for this person, they haven’t experienced the ‘family’ vibe as a maid for older wealthy families. Given how used to home service these clients are, the ability to treat their hired help like they’re just a part of the scenery really stuck out to this person the first few times on the job.
Servers at Restaurants and New Money
When you go to a restaurant, you’re often helped by a waiter or waitress. These people work here and are there to serve you but they’re still people at the end of the day.
Still, too many people treat their servers lousy or downright cruelly. When it came to serving the wealthy, this person couldn’t help but notice that new money was much more likely to act like a jerk and talk to the servers with disrespect.
Don’t Expect a Tip
While the last argument might make you think that the people from old money are more generous, that doesn’t seem to always be the case — at least, not according to the story that this person had to tell.
Coming from a family in which their grandmother has money, this person doesn’t find her to be all that generous. This includes skipping out on tips after going out for a bite to eat or a manicure. The thing is, many people that work in the service industry really rely on tips.
Back in School
Going to a private school, you’re likely to meet some wealthy people who come from families with quite a bit of money on their hands. Since this person wasn’t particularly wealthy themselves, they noticed some interesting things.
While their classmates who were born into wealth earned generations ago, they were kind. That is, at least, compared to the way that their classmates from new money treated them. Still, both groups astounded the OP with the things they did in their day-to-day lives.
This is something someone noticed about old versus new money, at least when it came to the monetary and social divisions in the United Kingdom.
When it came to schooling, both parties would attend pretty prestigious schools. However, they noticed that families with new money usually didn’t go to a private school with as big a name as schools that old money would attend.
Bragging About It
It’s not often that you want to spend time listening to someone brag. Still, it seems like that doesn’t stop some people from sharing what’s on their minds — themselves and their achievements.
From the way this person’s coworker talks, they’re left to assume that she and her family hadn’t always been as fortunate as they are now. What gave it away? Well, she has a habit of making a point to show off every major purchase.
But When it Came to Old Money
Here, we have a very different experience with a coworker from old money. By comparison to the colleague we just talked about, this one doesn’t brag in the slightest.
As a matter of fact, the OP isn’t sure they’ve ever heard her brag about anything. They even noticed that she seems grateful and very much aware of her fortune and privilege.
Speaking of Brands
When it comes to projecting your wealth, bragging isn’t the only way to do it. You can silently signal your wealth based on what you do and wear.
Fashion is another thing that speaks volumes even if you’re silent. For instance, wearing a major label’s brand logo for all to see tends to speak to a wealth that not everyone has. It’s something this person has noticed a lot more with new money.
A Fashionable Theory
Do you remember how we said that fashion can speak volumes? This person had another theory on fashion and spotting old versus new wealth.
As for this theory, the concept is simple. If someone is wearing something older that’s held up thanks to high quality, you can probably guess that they’re old money. If you see a newer but still expensive purchase, the opposite might be true.
For some people, the biggest tell of new money is new things. That’s not about fashion, though. There are other major purchases this person tunes in on.
If they see someone who has a massive house and a shiny new car out front, they assume that they’re looking at the lifestyle of new money. On the other hand, families that have had money for a while are more likely to roll out a pristine vintage car as a point of pride.
Wanna Talk About It?
We’ve talked a lot about bragging in these stories. However, this is more about talking about money in general, no matter the context.
In general, the OP realized that people who come from old money aren’t just less likely to brag but they’re less likely to talk about money at all, at least by the numbers — especially compared to how often new money does.
There are some points we’ve seen that have been observed by more than one person. For example, this person noticed that smaller logos are the way when it comes to old money.
When it came to both parties, though, bragging or not, this person knows either one of them could really throw their money around. No matter how new you are to it, money comes with certain privileges and powers that any wealthy person can lose sight of if they’re not careful.
One Way to Flaunt
This comes from another person who took issue with the thought that new money is louder and more prone to bragging than old money.
It’s not that old money won’t throw their money around — they just do it differently. This person couldn’t help but notice that people seemed to have forgotten a lot of weird, little rules that old money created to define the upper class.
If you want to tell old wealth from new, this person just had to look at the social circles that people kept around them.
In particular, the OP noticed that the older wealth tend to be very careful about who they keep in their social circle. For instance, they’re less likely to socialize or let their children socialize with someone from a lower tax bracket.
Gaining and Losing
When you’re new to wealth, there’s so much you can suddenly do that it can all be too tempting. This can be a slippery slope.
According to this person, they saw that new money is typically faster to go. After all, not everyone can make it to the status of old wealth. As for families that have had wealth for generations, they’ve managed to keep that wealth for generations by not being so frivolous.
Old Money, Old Customs
There are some manners and customs that were once the norm but we’ve since let them go. For instance, we look back at Victorian or Edwardian manners and they look odd today.
This person noticed that people from old money seem to be still attached to some customs that we left behind long ago. Maybe it’s an appreciation for the time frame that afforded them wealth or maybe it’s just one of those odd habits that have just stuck around.
A Different Sense of Understanding
This comes down more to the practicality of earning your own wealth — being really new money — or having wealth that you’re born into.
According to this person, one of the differences they noticed among those with newer wealth is more awareness of that wealth. After all, they didn’t always have money. In this OP’s experience, people have always been wealthy seem a bit more carefree with their spending.
There are some things that can become precious to a family. For instance, you may have seen or even have a wedding ring from a grandmother or great-grandmother.
The wealthier you are and the longer that your family holds onto that wealth, the more valuable these family heirlooms become. That’s something this person really started to notice. If gifted an heirloom, it meant that the family had money for quite a while.
Old Money Hobbies
There are some hobbies that have fallen out of fashion. Then again, that doesn’t mean that those activities are as dead as the dinosaurs.
There are still some people who partake in those activities that we don’t usually do anymore. For instance, when was the last time you saw someone play polo? This person noticed that these activities seemed to stay very much alive among those considered old money.
Networking and Connections
When you’re getting started in a field, people really stress the importance of networking. You may have heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
If you’re comparing the benefits of old versus new wealth, there are a few cues in their social circles. For those that are well-connected, some of that may come from generations of wealth-gaining and sharing connections with the next generation.
An Old Money Quirk
When it comes to comparing schools, there can be some serious rivalries. Plus, there’s a level of class competition when it comes to expensive Ivy League schools.
How they describe going to those schools can be a dead giveaway of whether they’re new to or came from wealth. This person noticed that people who were born into money described where they went by saying the name of the area — rather than the name of the school itself.
Without Experience, There’s Less Understanding
If you come from a wealthy family, odds are that you’ve never really had to hurt for money. After all, you were born into the money your family has, no matter what you do with that wealth when it’s fully yours.
As such, this person noticed that it wasn’t uncommon for people who had always known wealth to be so used to it that they lose touch with the value of a dollar.
Noticing a Difference
Earning your own wealth isn’t the only way to fall into new money. This person specifically talks about how people who are newly married into money tend to stand out.
In their industry, the OP has noticed that their clients who have been wealthy for quite some time aren’t nearly as rude to them as the people who are from new money. Being that there are so many mixed experiences on this list, we’re starting to think it just comes down to the individual person and whether or not they were raised with manners.
Working in retail, you deal with a lot of different customers. After a while, some might leave a certain impression on you.
As for this person, the impression old money has left them with is that it isn’t uncommon to see them in dated, unassuming pieces. That’s because the clothes they buy are expensive and high-quality, so they’re going to last a while. So, they don’t need replacing every year.
No Worries About Cost
When you offer a service to somebody, you usually have to lay out your prices pretty clearly. If someone asks for a free service, they usually want to know how much it’s going to cost them.
That was something this Redditor noticed a lot when they were originally asked to perform extra services that weren’t initially discussed. As they found out, this wasn’t a case of wanting something for free but rather, being comfortable enough to cover the extra cost no matter what it was.
Something About New Money
Wealth is a funny thing. Sometimes, there’s a lot of hard work involved but there’s usually a bit of privilege to it too — which isn’t something everyone is willing to admit.
This person couldn’t help but notice that the people who are new to wealth seem to have more of a drive to verbally defend their status… without admitting that luck or privilege had anything to do with it. The OP made an educated guess that it could be out of guilt.
It’s a Yard Sale…
If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you probably know that this brings to mind something Lucille Bluth would say, maybe talking about bananas to her son.
In reality, there are some people who are wealthy who seem a little unsure of how some deals even work for people with less money. For instance, the OP was shocked when they heard their boss’ idea of what things get sold for at a yard sale.
Explaining the Dream
If you don’t grow up with money, you might sit back once and a while and imagine what you might do if you were to stumble into money one day.
On the contrary, if you’re born into money, you never have to really wonder what you’d do in this situation — you probably already know. That means that it comes to actually using wealth, you might see some more stereotypical uses for wealth when it comes to new money.
Old Money With Nothing to Fulfill
On the contrary, people who come from old money have a different way of showing off their wealth. Because they’ve lived it their whole lives, they don’t fantasize about anything out of the ordinary, compared to their new money counterparts.
In fact, instead of a brand new car, you might catch someone from old money enjoying their time at a country club or relaxing in their giant mansion.
Vintage or Modern?
When it comes to new versus old money, as we’ve seen, the way that they spend their money can be very telling to someone who has made observations like this.
To this person, the way that someone spends their money speaks volumes. If they were to buy a bunch of new and expensive stuff, it’s probable that they’re from newer money. Older wealth seems to be more drawn to the vintage and irreplaceable.
Replacements and Repairs
There are some instances when you have something and you find that there comes a time to replace it. The item has just reached the end of its lifespan.
That is, unless you have the money to fix it. If you do, you may try to extend the life of your objects through refurbishment. After all, how else would those heirlooms and vintage pieces stick around for so long?
Not So Different in the End
When it comes to new wealth or old wealth, this person has noticed some differences but, in the end, they’ve found that the result is often the same.
At the end of the day, there are a few things that you can’t put in one camp or the other. It’s a spectrum of behavior that they see but it all comes down to one simple adjective to this person — insufferable.
No One Wants to See Your Food
It’s quite sad that this has to be said but here we are, reminding everyone to chew with their mouths closed. We should’ve been taught this as kids.
And if you’re still sharing your chewed lunch with someone, this reminder is for you. It’s common decency to eat and chew your food with your mouth closed, so make it one of your unwritten rules too.
Be Ready, Always!
There’s no shame in asking for a ride from a friend. What’s wrong is when you take your time getting ready and said friend is sitting outside in their car waiting for you to come out.
If you’re getting a lift from someone, at least be ready and waiting when they arrive to collect you. If you’re afraid of waiting on the street, wait at your door and run out when your friend arrives.
Stand Back and Wait Your Turn
Have you ever tried to get off a packed train or bus only to find that passengers are trying to embark simultaneously? Pretty impossible, right? Passengers waiting to board a train, bus, plane, or any other form of transport should stand back and wait for passengers already on board to disembark before attempting to get on.
A bit of common sense would do well in this situation. And yet somehow, we constantly see people trying to press their way onto the transport in question while there are people still trying to disembark. Rude and ineffective.
Enjoy a Hike in Silence
Nothing’s more relaxing than a hike in a national park, forest, or mountain. Silence truly is golden until, that is, someone comes along blaring music loudly on their phones for all those around them to hear. There are a few problems with this.
1.) Not everyone likes that type of music. 2.) No one wants to hear music blaring while enjoying the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Don’t be a jerk; use headphones if you want to listen to music in public.
Dibs Don’t Always Count
If you’ve been invited out for dinner, the worst possible thing that you could do is take the last piece of whatever’s being served, especially if you’re not the one paying for the food.
Learn this rule and live by it: The last piece of food, or even drinks, should be reserved for the one who paid for them. It’s really not that hard.
Give Each Other Space
Giving your spouse, partner, or roommate space is important, especially when you live in close quarters with them. On a similar note, giving strangers space while in public is equally important, especially when in close quarters.
Personal space doesn’t always mean leaving the person alone while you go out. It could be as simple as leaving them alone when things get to be too much.
No One Wants to Hear Your Phone Call
Thanks to the advancements in technology, almost everyone has a mobile phone. Now, you can make and take calls pretty much anywhere, including while you’re out and about running errands or on your daily commute to and from work.
Unfortunately, that same technology means that people can have loud conversations and, heaven forbid, fights in public settings, leading to much awkwardness on the part of those who have to listen to it. Just don’t do it! Save your fights for at home or in private.
Your Bag Doesn’t Need a Seat
There’s absolutely no reason for anyone to ever put their bag or feet on an open seat on public transport. Seats are for bottoms, not bags. It’s extremely rude to take up a seat, that a person could occupy, with your bag.
The same can be said for giving up your seat for a pregnant, elderly, or disabled person. Do the right thing and show some compassion by giving up your seat.
Treat Escalators Like the Road
Ever heard the saying, “Keep right, pass left?” Perhaps at school or college? It seems that most people have forgotten this etiquette rule when walking in a hall or using the stairs or escalator, so here’s a quick reminder of what you should do: Keep to the right of the staircase and let people pass you on the left.
It really isn’t that hard. If everyone followed this simple rule, we could kiss congestion goodbye forever. Also, if you’re just taking the ride, this should be a really easy one to implement in your life.
Chaos at the Grocery Store
If you’re one of those awful people that dumps your unwanted grocery items in any spot of any aisle except where it goes, there’s a very special place reserved in the afterlife just for you. This can cause food items to go up in price. It can also affect the cost of that item, as extra measures are needed to store it safely or replace it.
If you don’t want an item, simply put it back where you found it. “Waste not, want not,” as they say. If the staff doesn’t see the item or doesn’t know that it’s there, they can’t put it back. It’s also not their job.
Ask Before You Unload
Venting your frustrations with a friend is often a helpful way to relieve some of your stress and bad feelings. But have you ever asked your friend if you can confide in them before you do so? As this Reddit user points out, not everyone has the mental capacity to be bogged down by someone else’s problems, so it’s a good idea to ask if they’re open to you unloading on them.
Don’t be upset if they say no, as sometimes they’re going through things you may know nothing about. Them being your friend or family member doesn’t give you the right to hijack their emotional resources.
Pay Your Debts!
Being debt free is possible if you pay back what you owe. If you borrow money from a friend, no matter how little it is, pay it back as soon as possible. You never know their financial situation, so giving them back that dollar might just help them out.
Try not to accrue debts, and always pay your friends or family back any money you might borrow. If it’s a larger sum of money, enquire what the interest rate is that they would’ve received on that money from their bank and add that to the amount.
Swiper, No Swipey!
Let’s be honest; we’re all guilty of swiping sideways on a friend’s phone when they’re showing us a photo. Before you beat yourself up about having done it, just know that you’re not alone in making this mistake. It really can be hard to resist the temptation to swipe.
But before you do, think of what would happen if someone swiped sideways on your phone. We guess it all comes down to respecting each other’s belongings. For many people, their phone holds more than just a few contact numbers, but memories too.
Think Before You Speak
Do you generally wait for your partner or spouse to get home from a really long day at work and then unload all your day’s troubles on them? If you answered yes, you need to stop immediately.
Always try to gauge how your partner or friend is feeling, how tired they are, and if they actually have the energy to deal with anything else for the day. There’s no problem asking them if they have an ear to listen to you. But don’t be offended when they say no or ask you to wait.
When Deodorant Is Your Friend
If you’re going out in public, a quick spray of deodorant can protect you from sweating and stinking up a room. There’s absolutely no excuse not to wear deodorant. With the variety of options available (including vegan and hypoallergenic options), there’s a deodorant available for everyone.
Look for light scents, and choose a brand that keeps you sweat-free all day. Keep in mind that body spray is not the same as an antiperspirant, and you definitely don’t want those around you to recognize the difference.
No! Just No!
You see a woman with a bump in public. While it may be extremely tempting to ask her how far along she is, just don’t! You never ever ask someone if they’re pregnant, no matter how pregnant they may look. Endometriosis, chronic illnesses, and food allergies can cause a woman’s belly to swell.
So save yourself the embarrassment and don’t assume. The only time it’s safe to assume that a woman is pregnant is when she tells you herself. Even if it’s mentioned, if you’re not close to her, don’t talk about her pregnancy. It’s none of your business.
Why is society so obsessed with weight? While some are labeled as too large, others are told they’re too skinny. Much like their pregnancy, someone’s weight is none of your business. Knowing this, you have no right to comment on it.
Say a friend has picked up a few pounds. Do you say something? NO! Have they lost some weight? SAY NOTHING. Unless they’ve mentioned their weight to you and you know where they stand with it, hold your tongue.
Clean Up After Yourself
It’s common courtesy to clean up a space you’ve occupied so that it’s like you were never there. AirBnB’s campsites, hotel rooms, and motels are all included in this, regardless of whether the establishment has a cleaning crew or not.
Cleaning up after yourself shows that you respect that person and their space, and that’s the least you can do before you leave.
The Last Drink
Just as you wouldn’t eat the last piece of cake when someone else has bought it, so should you never drink the last beverage. This privilege should be reserved for the one who bought the drinks. It’s just another unwritten rule that people abide by.
If this was a rule you weren’t aware of, you’re forgiven. But now that you do know, there’s simply no excuse for taking that last drink.
A Thank You
There’s no better way to thank a friend for letting you use their car than by returning it with a full tank of gas. Regardless of the distance traveled, a tank of gas is a gesture of thanks like no other.
Many rental car companies have this policy too. So do it for your friends when they loan you their vehicle. The risk of lending you their car is on their shoulders, so always repay their kindness with this gesture.
Guard it With Your Life
Friends lend each other things – this is how it’s been for centuries. While the object is in your possession, you should do everything you possibly can to keep it in one piece. Return it to your friend in the same condition it was when they loaned it to you.
From cars and books to cameras and clothes, treat others’ possessions as if they were your own and return them as if you had never used them.
Clean the Seat
If you’ve ever visited a public toilet only to be met by urine on the seat, you’ll know how disgusting it is to be the one cleaning someone else’s bodily fluids. Our best advice is to wipe the seat after you’re done and to check that it’s clean before you leave the bathroom.
We’re taught this in kindergarten, so there’s no excuse for still urinating on toilet seats, especially in public toilets. If you do, have the decency to wipe the seat properly and flush away the evidence.
Are you one of those people who loves giving others your advice or opinion, even though they didn’t ask for your input? This kind of behavior is not only rude but not knowing the full situation and offering unsolicited advice can lead to someone getting hurt.
If you don’t know the person’s situation or what’s going on and were not asked for your input, zip it and just listen. People often want someone to listen rather than someone to tell them what to do.
Criticizing someone’s appearance when they have no time or tools to fix it is not only pointless, it’s downright rude. If you notice someone with spinach in their teeth, by all means, tell them. But pointing out that someone’s hair is greasy at work, or another event, is hurtful and unkind.
Where are they supposed to fix it, and how? As most of our mothers always used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” We couldn’t agree more.
Treat Aisles Like Highways
Just as you’d keep to the right of the road, allowing cars to pass you on the left, so too should you walk on the right-hand side of any aisle in a store. This relieves congestion and gives everyone space to move around freely.
Remember: Keep right, pass left. No one wants to be in the grocery store longer than is absolutely necessary, so let’s all help speed up that process.
The “Leave Me Alone” Headphones
If you see someone in a library, at work, or on the bus or train wearing headphones, don’t approach them. They’re wearing their headphones for a reason and probably don’t want to engage in conversation, so take headphones as a warning not to strike up a conversation.
Many people use music as a form of therapy or to block out a noisy environment. So keep this in mind the next time you’re tempted to chat with your friend at the library.
Kindness Costs You Nothing
Being kind to everyone you meet on the street, whether you know them or not, is more than just being polite and should be a way of life. A smile from a stranger can truly brighten someone’s day, and it costs you absolutely nothing.
We’re all carrying worries of some sort. So smile, say hello, and spread love wherever you go. You never know, you may end up making a friend or two along the way!
Don’t Be a “Karen”
If you have had an issue and have a complaint about a product or service, you have the right to contact the company or business and let them know that you’re unhappy with said product or service. What you don’t have the right to do is scream and shout at the first person that happens to pick up the phone.
Just as a little bit of kindness costs you nothing, so does being polite and speaking calmly while explaining your grievance. You will find employees and owners will be far more likely to listen to you if you show them some respect.
Stick to Appointments
Do you stick to appointments, or at least let the person you have an appointment with know if you are going to be a few minutes late or need to cancel? If you do, you’re a gem and deserve a high-five!
Sticking to an appointment is the polite thing to do, and so is letting someone know if you’re running late or need to reschedule, especially if they’ve set aside time in their schedule. All it takes is a quick call and an apology.
Announce Yourself in the Dark
Do not, under any circumstances, walk into a room and just turn on the light, if there’s already someone in the room. This can quickly lead to an embarrassing situation, so it’s best to lightly knock on the door and announce that you’re going to turn the light on.
Save yourself – and the other person – the embarrassment and just tell them what your intentions are. No one likes to be shocked and alarmed by being caught unawares. Communication is key.
If you’re dining alone and watching videos on your phone for entertainment, or for the sake of keeping loneliness at bay, the very least you could do is wear a set of headphones. Other patrons don’t want to watch your video with you and are probably trying to have a quiet meal or chat with friends and family.
Don’t be “that guy” that plays his videos loudly while everyone else is trying to have a nice experience with their family or friends. Show some respect and wear your headphones.
We get it, plumbing emergencies tend to happen when you least expect them, and if you’re new to living alone, there might be a certain amount of panic involved. But you can prepare for this by ensuring that you include a plunger on your list of must-haves before you leave the nest and start your adult life.
A plunger is really not that expensive and owning your own is always a good idea, as you never know what has been on a plunger that you may borrow from a neighbor or friend.
Friendship Doesn’t Mean a Discount
Asking a friend, or acquaintance for that matter, for a discount on the services they provide is cheap and tacky. Just like you wouldn’t expect a well-known photographer to lower his prices for you, so too should you never ever ask your photographer friend to give you a discount simply because you’re friends.
Respect their occupation and know that a lot of time and effort goes into their services, and asking for a discount shows them that you don’t value the time and effort they put into their passion.
There’s an unwritten rule that states that men should leave at least one urinal gap between them. Why? Personal space, people! If you’re one of those people who feels the need to stand right next to someone at a urinal when there are other ones available, you need to learn some manners!
No one likes urinating with someone peering over at their junk, so do the right thing and leave a gap! If the bathroom is full and you aren’t in a rush, maybe wait a minute or two so no one feels uncomfortable.
Flush, Flush, Flush Again!
When nature calls, you have no other choice but to answer it, no matter where you are. But, if you had Taco Bell for lunch and all but re-plastered the toilet at your friends’ house, or in a public bathroom, you’re the worst!
Remember the old jingle, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down?” The same rule applies here. Remember to flush the toilet, and if it was a rather big visit to Old Loo, a courtesy flush might just be necessary.
There are very few things worse than someone dropping by unannounced. You might be having a nap, vacuuming the house unclothed, or simply not in the mood to entertain people when you hear that dreaded knock at the door. UGH! Stop it, just stop it!
While it’s not a rule that you need to text before you visit, it really should be one. It can go a long way in making homeowners feel that their time is valued.
Again With the Swiping!
Why do people feel the need to swipe through your phone when you show them a photo, or flip through a sketchbook or journal when you want to show off only one page? Just like you should never swipe sideways on someone’s phone, you should never turn the page in a journal or sketchbook.
Aside from invading their privacy, you just never know what you’re going to find. Err on the side of caution; look at what you’re being shown, and pass the phone or book back to its owner.
If someone lets you into traffic, the very least you can do is say thank you with a quick wave of your hand. Remember that they had zero obligation to let you in and they did it out of the kindness of their big heart.
Cutting into traffic without saying thank you just shows what an awful person you are. So, change your ways and lift your hand in thanks to the kind soul that lets you cut in.
We’re not sure how it works in your home, but according to Reddit users, the last person to go to bed has the responsibility of turning off the lights. In many homes, this is almost always the mom, as she does a few last chores before heading off to bed.
But this isn’t always the case. If you really don’t want to be the one to turn off the lights, go to bed earlier. Problem solved! But if you find you’re the last one awake, pop all the lights off as you go.
Growing a tiny human is truly magical but it can be overwhelming for some women. The very last thing they want is someone touching their bellies, especially strangers in the middle of a shopping mall. If you feel the need to reach out and touch a pregnant woman’s belly, do yourself a favor and put your hands in your pocket as you pass by.
Touching anyone without consent is considered assault, and a pregnant belly is no different – it’s just not done! You wouldn’t touch a friend’s hair randomly, so why touch their stomach? Boundaries!
Shopping can be an arduous task, especially when you have a selection of clothes in your hands and have second thoughts about whether or not you should buy them. Are you one of those kindhearted people who put the clothes back in their place, or are you a monster who just hangs them up on the nearest rack?
Have some consideration for retail workers and put things back where you found them. You could save someone a lot of time and effort this way!
It’s hard to fathom how some people can just throw their trash on the ground, or out of their car window, without a second thought. It does make us wonder what their homes look like if they’re so comfortable throwing candy wrappers and other trash just about anywhere.
While there’s no law against littering, it’s highly frowned upon. Save yourself the embarrassment of a nasty glare and pocket your trash until you find a trash can.
Advice for the Gym
If you visit the gym first thing in the morning, you’ll notice how clean and neatly stacked the weights are. This is most likely because some poor gym employee went around, collected the weights, and restacked them.
The very least you could do is restack the weights when you’re done with them. Leave them as you found them, and remember to return them to their rightful place.
Unless you’re on a date or have been specifically told that you can order anything you want, don’t choose the most expensive meal and drink when you’re not the one paying.
If you’re lucky enough to be invited out to a restaurant for a meal, choose a well-priced meal. Or order something similar in price to what your host has ordered. Don’t take advantage of someone’s kindness.
Shopping Cart Woes
Always return your shopping cart to the store. This saves an employee from having to run around collecting trolleys from the parking lot at the end of their shift. It also ensures that the parking lot is free of any obstacles. Always ensure that no carts are blocking a space for another customer.
Walk the extra couple of paces and return your cart to the store. You’d be doing everyone a favor if you did. And you can get a few extra steps of exercise in – it’s a win-win!