Common Etiquette, Where Did it Go?

My husband and I were walking to the theater the other day and we passed a bus stop. The bus had just pulled in and there were three people standing in front of the doors, waiting to get on the bus and a person in a wheelchair a little further off, behind them. WOW! What happened folks, to make us so rushed that we just have to get on the bus before the person in the wheelchair does?

My point being, something is slipping away and it’s awful and scary to what it means for us as a society.

To further prove my point, I have another example of etiquette gone south, it has to do with the elevator.

In the past two years, I’ve noticed that people getting on the elevator don’t wait until people exit the elevator. Things are changing and time is becoming an excuse to be rude and annoying. You’re not going to get there any faster by not taking that moment to let people exit the elevator and then for you to get on. And if those few seconds really are vital, something is wrong with your schedule and you should really rethink how you’re working and managing your time.

And as a last note, don’t forget the power of a thank you to someone actually being courteous to you, if someone opens the door for you, say thank you, positive reinforcement will keep people doing it for you and others. No one is entitled to these types of courtesies but I do believe it’s what makes us decent human beings. Let’s not lose that, please.

Addendum to the bus incident – The bus driver saw the person in the wheelchair and told the other people trying to get on to the bus to wait and proceeded to put down the wheelchair ramp for the person. Although on the verge of extinction, I’m glad that there are people out there like that bus driver.

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