20 Things That Are Considered Socially Unacceptable but People Do It Anyway

We live in a world with tons of unwritten rules, you know, the do’s and don’ts of how we should behave. But here’s the twist: in our everyday lives, we can’t help but break these rules sometimes.

One Redditor asked, “What are the things that are considered socially unacceptable, but people do it anyway?” Now, this thread has received thousands of comments, and we have listed the most interesting ones for you!

1. Speakers in Public

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Someone shared, “Blasting noise with your phone.”

Someone else responded, “Or talking loudly on speakerphone or video chat.”

Seriously, we get it; you love your music, but do we all have to hear it?

2. Line Cutting

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Then there’s the infamous line-cutter. You’re standing there, patiently waiting your turn, and boom, someone just slides in like they’re invisible. How does that even work in their heads?

A user commented, “Cutting in line.”

Another added, “Just called someone out for cutting in line at our local coffee shop this morning. The woman tried to pretend she didn’t see the line of 5 people ahead of her. It’s like, lady, you literally had to walk past all of us to get to the front of the line; get out of here with those lame excuses.”

3. Posting Strangers Online

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Oh, the whole taking pictures of random people just to mock them online? That’s just cruel.

Someone said, “Taking photos of random individuals to share online to make fun of them/ridicule them for existing.”

Another said, “One of my aunts does this on our family group chat, and people call her out on it every time, and she still does it. Trash behavior.”

4. Parking Spots

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Don’t even get us started on parking – parking in two spaces at once? Why do they think their car needs its own VIP section? Newsflash: it doesn’t.

Someone shared, “Parking in two spaces at the same time.”

Someone else responded, “Literally struggling with this problem. So annoying, but nothing can be done.”

5. Cigarettes

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A Redditor wrote, “Flicking cigarette right before walking into an establishment.”

Another added, “I have a theory that cigarette smokers are just the least considerate people in the world. They have a nasty, smelly habit that gets in everyone else’s clothes and hair, but most of them do absolutely nothing to mitigate that.”

Seriously, the world is not your ashtray! It’s not that hard to find a trash can.

6. Eating Manners

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A user commented, “Eating with their mouth open is probably one of the things that annoys me most.”

Another said, “I have an uncle who does this, talks non-stop, if you’re sitting next to him, he’ll even lean towards you, cracking jokes and spitting in your food, then goes back to chewing mouth open and making slurping sounds, I just lose my appetite.”

Eating with your mouth wide open? It’s not a competition, and we certainly don’t need a front-row seat to your chewing marathon.

7. Littering

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Someone shared, “When ppl litter everywhere, on the roads, in the park, in the house.”

Another added, “Came here for this. Every day, when I walk my dog, I fill a shopping bag with discarded plastic bottles I find tossed in the street or park. It’s distressing and sad.”

Come on, it’s the 21st century! We know better! The planet is drowning in trash, and yet, there are people out there treating the world like a garbage dump.

8. Doctor’s Appointment

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Ever been to a doctor’s appointment? You show up on time, thinking you’re all responsible, only to end up twiddling your thumbs for ages, waiting for the doctor to grace you with their presence.

Someone said, “Being on time for a doctor’s appointment, only to have to wait at least 20 minutes for the doctor to actually appear.”

Someone else responded, “Around here if you only wait 20 minutes, the doctor is considered early! I once waited 75 minutes, and I was the first patient of the day. Imagine how bad it would have been in the afternoon.”

9. Raising Your Voice

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There are people who think that the best strategy to make their point is to talk louder. Because, you know, volume equals credibility, right? Newsflash: it just equals a headache for the rest of us.

A Redditor wrote, “Talk louder just to prove your point.”

Another replied, “I tell my kids “talking louder doesn’t make you righter.””

10. Crossing the Street

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Someone shared, “Crossing the street without looking up from their GD PHONES. Pay attention for like 5 seconds so you don’t get run over you.”

Another added, “I get bothered by this too, but even more so with drivers who won’t get off their phones.”

Now, crossing the street while glued to your phone? It’s a disaster waiting to happen.

11. Leaving Your Cart Unattended

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Oh, shopping carts. They have this magical place called the cart corral, but some people act like it’s an ancient myth. Nope, instead, they leave their carts scattered around the whole store!

A user commented, “Leaving their shopping carts EVERYWHERE but the cart corral.”

Another said, “Shopping carts are the perfect litmus test of what kind of person someone is. You get nothing for returning the shopping cart, but there are also no consequences for not doing it. So, selfish leave their carts, and considerate people take 30 seconds to return their carts.”

12. Being Nosy

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Nosy people, oh boy. They ask questions that are so personal you’d think they were your therapist. And when you politely decline to spill your life story, they get mad!

Someone said, “Asking nosy, personal questions and then getting mad when you won’t answer.”

Another replied, “This is the most infuriating thing, I swear. I got a literal operation on my scrotum due to an injury, and my teacher kept asking me what the operation was like dude, jstfu. I just told him I didn’t wanna tell, and he kept on asking 3 more times, and I denied it every time.”

13. Movie Theaters

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Movie theaters – the holy sanctuaries of cinematic bliss, right? Nope, not for some people. They treat it like their living room, chatting away like they’re in their own homes. Meanwhile, the rest of us just want to enjoy the movie in peace.

Someone shared, “Talking in movie theaters. It’s one reason why we rarely go anymore.”

Someone else responded, “Yeah, and if it isn’t this, it’s the feet on the chairs, texting, and/or general lack of consideration.”

14. Untrained Dogs

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A user commented, “Claiming that their untrained dog is a service dog just to get into a restaurant or something. The dog gets distracted, bothers other customers, trips the server, etc.”

Another said, “Yall just making it SO MUCH WORSE for people with actual disabilities that legitimately are required to have a service dog.”

Real service dogs are amazing, but these impostors just give them a bad name.

15. Supermarket Aisles

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Have you ever been in a supermarket, minding your business, and suddenly, bam! Someone decides the aisle is their personal parking spot?

Someone said, “Blocking the Aisle of a supermarket because you just need to talk to someone.”

Another added, “I was shopping for pants for my baby, and this rude woman put the cart blocking the entire merchandise so that she could “pick first” as if there weren’t enough clothes…”

16. Ghosting

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Now, let’s talk about ghosting. Seriously, who came up with this brilliant idea? You’re chatting, everything’s cool, and then poof – they vanish into thin air. Hello, common decency. Anyone home?

Someone shared, “Ghosting. I feel like that is cheating the person of an explanation and you of a chance to learn about how to give bad news like an adult.”

Another said, “I’ve been trying to date for a while again, and ghosting is surprisingly, and tragically, common. On one hand, I get really frustrated because all my emotional investment goes Crypto; on the other, I am incredibly relieved I dodged a remarkably childish bullet.”

17. The Military Discount

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Oh, military discounts. They’re awesome, right? But some people take it to a whole new level, begging for that discount on things it clearly doesn’t apply to. You can’t just shout “military discount” and expect your coffee to be free. Come on, people, let’s get real.

A user commented, “Begging for the military discount on things that it doesn’t apply on. I stood in line for 15 minutes with a 6 pack of beer because a veteran refused to believe that the military discount didn’t apply to alcohol purchases. I support the military, but know when the discount applies (btw, the discount was 5% on a $5 item).”

Another replied, “Boss is originally from England; he served in the British military. Here in the US, he asks for military discounts everywhere he goes. Many places give it to him, but when one doesn’t, I get to hear him complain about it.”

18. Traffic Rules

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Running red lights – now, that’s a recipe for disaster. But some drivers are out there treating stoplights like mere suggestions. Newsflash: it’s not a suggestion. Red means stop. Green means go. It’s not rocket science!

Someone said, “Run red lights.”

Another added, “Zoom up to a stop sign, looking right, not left, assuming you can just turn without slowing down, much less actually coming to a complete stop.

I quit assuming they’d stop the day the guy who was surely gonna stop, right? Didn’t. I swerved but still T-boned him. The same day that I realized that air conditioning is the SECOND-best human invention. Airbags are the first.”

19. Revving Your Engine

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Someone shared, “Revving a loud car through neighborhoods or other public spaces. Nobody wants to have their ears blown out by a man-child who pretends he is the main character in a Vin Diesel movie.”

Another said, “There used to be a guy in our neighborhood who would rev his motorcycle at 3:00 a.m. every morning. Our neighborhood is basically a ladder, so several streets that run parallel to each other and connect to two main roads on each side.”

We get it; your car sounds like a thunderstorm. But cruising through quiet streets, revving your engine like you’re auditioning for a Fast and Furious movie? Not cool. Nobody’s impressed; we’re just annoyed and wondering if you’ve heard of noise pollution.

20. Washing Hands

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A user commented, “Not washing hands after using the facilities.”

Another added, “Yes! I don’t know how people can go to the bathroom without washing their hands afterward.”

Seriously, how hard is it to turn on a tap and use some soap? It’s not just gross; it’s a public health hazard.

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