Category Archives: Public Places Etiquette

Reserve the right to refuse anyone who…

Reserve the right to refuse anyone who...

You've undoubtedly seen signs on establishments that read: "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." And the second most common, "No shirt, no shoes, no service." Can a place of business really refuse anyone who...?  According to Ms. Jane Haskins, Esq. who writes for Legal Zoom: more

11 airplane etiquette rules; if only we could

11 airplane etiquette rules; if only we could

If only we could... Flight Attendant Announcement: "In the seat-back pocket you'll find a laminated sheet titled, Airplane Etiquette. If you do not follow these rules, we will add your name to the "all-the-airlines-in-the-world database."  After four infractions, your fare will be doubled for all future flights." What...
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Post-Election Aftershock

Post-Election Aftershock

I did not watch the election day play-by-play; what for?  For me, it would like watching someone tediously describing someone crossing the street. "Wait for it...there, she lifted her left foot about four-inches off the pavement, slowly placing her heel in front of her right foot..." Aghhh! Besides, except for my vote, I...
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Voting Day Etiquette

Voting Day Etiquette

Ahh, voting day is almost here. (November 8, in case you haven't heard.) That means your phone will cease to ring; no more political campaign calls. Your mail box will be reduced to only coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond; no more proposition leaflets. I wonder if the monotonous spewing of hateful...
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10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate

10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate.

Don't assume because you've paid for first-class tickets, you'll be sitting next to someone with first-class social skills. Unfortunately, airlines don't make you sign an agreement: I (insert traveler), promise to be considerate and courteous, or else, at the discretion of the...
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How to Handle an Interrupter

How to handle an interrupter.

Unless it's an emergency, it's rude to interrupt a conversation. Then why do people do it all the time?  Here are few reasons:
  • It's just a quick question.
  • Their time is valuable.
  • They have no manners or common sense.
  • They are used to getting their way.
  • They don't care.
  • ...
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Madonna and the Trump Piñata

Madonna and the Trump Piñata

Madonna, really? A Trump piñata at your son's 11th birthday fiesta?  Are there lessons to be learned here? Q:  Is it acceptable to furnish a political-figure for a child's party, for any purpose? A: Well, maybe a stand-alone life-size poster where children and parents alike could use as a photo op.  Or,...
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7 Ways to Improve Your Disposition

Find a way to change your disposition; everyone will be glad you did.

Sometimes our disposition is destined to be vinegary due to circumstances beyond our control, such as:
  • Lack of sleep. (Sometimes beyond our control.)
  • Concern about a family illness.
  • Worry about unpaid bills. (Sometimes due to our lack of control.)
  • Worry about...
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Grocery Store Etiquette: 11 Rude Behaviors to Stop Doing

Grocery Store Etiquette: 11 Rude Behaviors to Stop Doing

Shouldn't grocery shopping be a pleasurable experience?  Yes. but sadly, people's lack of social skills and increasing displays of rude behavior can quickly sour our visit to the grocery store. Runing into neighbors, coworkers, and even ex-boyfriends--hopefully prompting friendly and light-hearted conversations can be an unexpected...
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