What really gets your goat? I have to say that bad manners does it for me. I hate it when people are rude for no particular reason at all. So I really enjoyed this article from Oliver Burkeman on his strategy for dealing with public impoliteness. Take a look and see if you agree with him.

I’m not sure I’d be as bold as him! My strategy when someone barges into the front of the queue or line, is to give them the benefit of the doubt, politely tap them on the shoulder and ask, (loudly enough for all to hear): “Excuse me, but did you realise there was a queue here?”

I don’t use a sarcastic tone; I ask it as a genuine enquiry and usually they mumble ‘no, sorry’ and go to the end of the line. And if they ignore me I know there’s no point in worrying about it any further!

What do you do?


Posted on August 28th, 2010 by

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