VOICES OF REASON: Your public behavior may need some work

Spring is here, which means more leaving the house and more time out in public.

No matter what the setting, being around people who are lacking in any sort of public etiquette can ruin the entire day. For us, springtime means baseball season and 162 games spent around thousands of fans, some of whom are not the most cultured (like Dodgers fans).

Etiquette is not the same in all places, this is true, but knowing how to act in various public situations is key.

Helium.com sums up the general idea of public etiquette as, “be courteous of others and respect yourself as it’s the only way you’ll get respect in return.”

As we looked through Google to defend our statements, a few results stated, “make sure you wear clothes.” We weren’t aware that that was ever an actual issue.  However, there are bigger issues that can sometimes be controversial.

Smoking. As non-smokers, we’re constantly subjected to the second-hand smoke of the people around us.  It’s your decision to smoke and kill yourself, and we know that you have constant cravings for the nicotine,  but it was never our decision to inhale your second-hand smoke, so if you must smoke, please walk away from crowds and do it elsewhere.

“Before smoking, the best policy is to ask if anyone minds, or wait to see if others smoke,” according to executiveplanet.com, a website detailing the acceptable social practices of countries throughout the world.

We would agree that if you really can’t wait to inhale a few more toxic chemicals, it would be polite to ask those around you if it is okay. Also, we do attend school on a smoke-free campus; you shouldn’t even be lighting up here in the first place.

Swearing is just as offensive in public as smoking. A lot of times, people think they are being funny, or adding drama to their story, or they do it just because. What they don’t realize is that they sound less intelligent with every curse that flies out of their mouths.

I (Colleen) am guilty of letting a swear word fly from my mouth more often than I would like, but it’s a habit that I am trying to break. I know that people take offense to it, and I try to pay close attention to when I do it.

According to Modern Manners Guy, “Attitudes are many times contagious. So someone just hearing you swear can begin to lose their positive outlook.”

What is the point to swearing? Really, you simply end up sounding inferior, as if you cannot come up with real words, so you use offensive ones instead.

The point is this: When you’re out in public, don’t act like you own the place. It’s likely that you don’t. Please take into account that there are other people around that do not necessarily subscribe to your habits or point of view.

kbergquist@the-telescope.com

cpeters@the-telescope.com

@kaitybergquist

@colleen_teresa

Author: Colleen Peters

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