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How to Not be an Asshat – Etiquette Tips

Rose

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  • Don’t say, “I’m having a party. Bring your own food and drink.” That. is. not. a. party.
  • Don’t discuss sensitive personal issues on Facebook, especially if you’ve friended coworkers.
  • Always take a gift for the host / hostess.
  • If your children are invited to a friend’s house to play, they (and you) should also feel invited to help with the cleanup.
  • Don’t make your dietary requirements everyone else’s problem.
  • Don’t show up at a party empty-handed, unless you’ve been instructed to — and sometimes not even then.
  • No tears in public places, ever.
  • Don’t lend someone a book unless they specifically ask for it. They’re probably too busy to ever get around to it. They’ll feel guilty about that, and you’ll be annoyed that they didn’t appreciate it or even get around to returning it.
  • Enjoy your time with friends and family in the present and preserve only a memento for the future, rather than recording the entire thing to “relive” later in some “free” time that you’ll never actually have.
  • Being thankful will never go out of style. When someone does something for you, or sends you a gift, thank the person with a handwritten note. It’s the least you can do for a person who has taken the time to think of you.
  • Don’t drink too much, know your limits, you’re expected by those around you, to keep your dignity all evening.
  • “Keep your elbows off the table.” There’s a reason for this rule: It increases the chance of an accident. If you don’t want to tip the table or knock a glass to the floor, don’t put your elbows on the table.
  • It is obligatory to smile if you meet a child or a pet, even if there are ugly.
  • Don’t be a d-bag and take photos for posting on your local spotted page.
  • Turn off your phone at a dinner party, and be in the moment.
  • And for goodness sake, if you can’t attend an event that you’re formally invited to, don’t think that not RSVPing is the same as declining. And don’t RSVP at the last minute for an event that obviously involves real planning.
  • Never look bored, even if you are.
Rose
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