I know I have posted about this several times over the years but it is something that does frustrate and annoy me. Bad manners!!!!!!!! Many readers will probably think I am terribly old fashioned and perhaps I am but I am content to wear that label proudly.
Whether it be simple courtesies such as replying to emails, telephone calls and invitations or saying thank you when someone opens a door for you, they define us and our character. Mobile phones are such a wonderful piece of technology and I would not be without mine but for some individuals it is an obsession. They never turn them to silent in cinemas, theatres or in meetings and when they do receive a call they ensure that everyone in their vicinity is privy to their conversation. Have you noticed how loudly people speak when using a mobile phone? The very least they could do if they must take the call is to excuse themselves and retreat to a more private area.
Another example of bad manners is the way in which some individuals treat service staff in restaurants , supermarkets , airports and even doctors’ surgeries. Yes, we all get annoyed about being delayed but why subject the person behind the counter to abuse and make them the object of your frustration? They are doing their job and they are not personally responsible if a meal is not up to standard, a plane is delayed , a doctor is called out on an emergency or someone uses the quick checkout and as 13 items instead of the required 12!
I could go on listing examples of bad manners here until the cows come home but I am certain each and every one of us has experienced first hand, bad manners. We all tend to tolerate it or make excuses for the offenders when in fact we should be taking people to task for their lack or respect and common courtesy. It costs nothing and is what makes us civilised.