This is MY top list of rude things. I did not poll any people or find this on someones' page somewhere. So, bear in mind if you don't see your rudest then ever thingy on here. But seriously...these are the top ten things in no particular order that normal every day people do that are extremely rude.

10) Jay Walking-

This is one I will never really fully understand why people do. It's kinda like a bad 'Why did the Idiot Jay-walk' joke. It is rude because... you are asking for an accident, and you are asking me to be the one who is responsible when I wreck my car trying not to run you over. There is NO GOOD REASON TO JAY WALK!Amazingly enough the rules for the road are there for a reason. Mainly- to protect people like you who can't put two and two together. Save a life, save your child's life, and use the darn cross walk already.

9) Not Returning Your Shopping Cart-

I'm sure you feel that it's fine since your car will be safely leaving the parking lot unharmed, but it's not. How would you feel if I was to lazy to return MY shopping cart and it got loose, or ran down hill and smashed into YOURcar? It happens.Why be so rude and lazy and not walk the....ohh ten feet or so to return the thing? It's not like anyone is asking you to walk all the way up to the store. In fact MOST stores are courteous enough to add several collection areas through out the parking lot so there should be one in your near vicinity. if every body did that- No shopping cart accidents! Your car and my car would be *gasp!* safe.

8) Broken Glass-

I cannot walk ANYWHERE without walking all over glass. Let me put it to you this way, there are...4 different ways to get to the Jog/Walk park up the street from my house. Each way involves me walking through glass until I remove it. And then, oddly enough it mysteriously returns! I don't really care if you are 10 or 70, there is no reason for you to be leaving glass laying around. If you are near a place of business, you can ask to borrow a broom and dust pan. If you are walking down the street and drop your bottle of whatever, you can brush the glass to the side with your foot. I highly doubt that most of these pieces of glass result from an accidental spill, but whether they do or not- it's rude to leave the glass. Please pick it up.

7) Leaving Your Feces or Urine or Other-

The World is not your waste basket. Its just not. And it most definitely is not your toilet. So why would anybody think that it's o.k. to leave their dirty diaper, bloody vagisil wipe, tampon, snotty tissue, poop, or pee anywhere other the the toilet? Vomit? Unless you are out side in the dirt- find something to clean it up! Or at least kick dirt over it. Change a diaper in the parking lot? Go inside to deposit it. Couldn't wait for the bathroom when you were over come with Diarrhea? At least pay for the article of clothing you were trying on while your little 'accident' occurred. Not cleaning up your waste is-RUDE!

6) Cussing in Public-

Don't cuss in front of my children and I wont have sex in front of yours. It is called mannerspeople! If you want to cuss, that is fine- Cuss all you want. Invent new, even dirtier words. Pretend your a sailor, I really don't care. Feel free to do whatever you want when you are by yourself with your family and friends. If you are in a public place like the Drs. office, the grocery store, the mall, the DMV- zip it. If there are people you do not know milling about, take the polite approach and shut it. There are plenty of rude things that I could do in front of your family, that I refrain from out of respect for other peoples values, namely- YOURS.

5) Not Picking Up After Your Dog-

This really goes hand in hand with #7, but it is a separate pet peeve of mine. I get it, picking up dog crap is gross. Those little black poop baggies do nothing to alter the texture or block the smell on initial contact. It is so gross to me that.....I don't own a dog!!! I am certain that every man, woman, and child who has had a dog long enough to take it for a walk at a public place knows that some time during the trip, the dog is going to want to gooooo. Picking up that dog crap comes with the territory. If you don't want to do it- don't own a dog. But it is not MY responsiblity to pick up after YOUR dog, and it's really rude of you not to do so.

4) Refuse To Help People In Need-

I understand that sometimes, when you are the lone woman with her children, being approached by a dirty person with an extremely unkept appearence is sometimes scary. Most people would urge you to politley refuse any contact. After all in that situation all you have to look out for the safety of your family. Completely understandable. However it is really rude when you see a car pulled over to the side of the road with a FAMILY standing outside it, with the hood popped up and jumper cables in full view to drive on by pretending that you don't see the man who is about to kill himself trying to wave you down. Trust me....that family KNOWS that you are pretending because in all likelihood that family has been standing out there for at least an hour. It takes about 30 seconds to jump start your car, you don't have to even get out (just pop the hood) and you really should be stopping if that car is in your neighborhood.These kind of things happen a lot. I know people are not required to hep others, but it's rude to not help out when you can. Especially when you drive by twice. So, try to think of when you can feasibly help people. Accept the times when you can't. But the adage 'What goes around comes around' is absolutely correct. If more people like you stopped to help people with a 30 second fix, when you are broken down on the side of the freeway with a flat tire and four kids- you never know some kind hearted person my pull over and help you out.

3) Cutting People Off-

On and off the road. There is no reason to do it, except for selfishness and it has a high probability of killing you in the right circumstances. Is it worth it to rush and kill yourself? Is it better to make someone crash into you? Or is it better to mellow out and continue living?

2) Littering-

Cigarette butts, candy wrappers, empty cans. People will toss pretty much anything out of their window while driving down the road. Take a look at your street, apt. complex, your local park. It's disgusting and so preventable! Never a reason to toss it down or out.

1) Talking or Texting on Your Cellphone-

This is the worst, in my opinion. Cellphones are fantastic. They allow you to be reach or reach out in an emergency. You can call someone to get directions, your significant other can reach you to remind you to pick up the (butter/raid/ laundry detergent), and you can have that ever so important phone call forwarded to you while you are out so you don't lose your job. But it is REALLY rude to use it in front of other people when it ISN'T for any of those reasons. Say you are hanging out with your fellow mom friend. Your phone rings....what do you do? Well, if you are 90% of my childish friends you answer it without so much as an 'excuse me'. You proceed to have a 30 min. conversation about the weird dude at work and why you think he might be kinda cute but soooooo could never do that. If your phone rings and it is importantexcuse yourself and answer it. But keep it short and to the point. At your friends and getting massive text messages? Time to send out the bulk message with a ' Sorry I can't txt right now, I'll be free at 5:00' or whatever. But it is rude to have three conversations going on your phone while your friend who is not texting, chatting, whatever is trying to visit with you. Checking out at the store and on the phone? Rude. There are times when it is appropriate- use it then. Other then that, leave the darn thing alone!!

Think how much better off we would all be if we just took a moment to have some common courtesy for each other. Really.

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bhwrn1
Sep. 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

#s 5, 3 and 2 are my top pet peeves! Drive me nuts! Oh, and my #1: people who stop right in the middle of the sidewalk to look at something or to talk on their phone or whatever. Jeez, just move to the side so that others can pass. Could you be more rude????

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laris...
Sep. 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM

i always return my shopping cart, it's a pet peeve of mine too when people don't do it. i think that people who don't are just lazy sob's. once  i was on my to to return mine when someone who was closer to the cart receptacle just pushed hers to the side. but when she turned to see me doing it she looked quite embarrassed and returned hers.lol

as far as helping others in need when broken down, i don't do that. family or not, there are still sick men with families and they use that to their advantage. i will, however pull up and ask if i can call someone for them.

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Colts...
Sep. 1, 2009 at 12:17 PM

i admit I jaywalk a lot but now when there is traffic.. .its better then a Chicago crossing as i call it.. to keep crossing when the light says not to lol.

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Erica...
Sep. 1, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Ha I jaywalk! But I think that just might be where I live... we have to cross the freeway to get to the grocery store and of course, there is no cross walk.

Anyway I voted up cause I liked your journal! :)

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crazy...
Sep. 1, 2009 at 8:00 PM I'm afraid to admit I do the cart one but it never accured to me about it smashing into someones car. Thanks for telling me.

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Mythi...
Sep. 1, 2009 at 9:55 PM

I agree with all of them! But the people here take it one step further than Jay walking, they walk down the middle of the damd road! and all of them will look at YOU, the driver, like you have lost your mind when you honk at them to get out of the way.

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mama4...
Sep. 1, 2009 at 9:59 PM

I admit to doing a few of those(jaywalking and the buggies in the grocery store) I will definitely think twice now about them.

And hunny, you got my NUMBER ONE pet peeve with this whole journal--Rude people! LOL

Something else that just irks me is when people see you have your hands full with a child, stroller, diaper bag, and what not, and open a door and then walk right through letting it slam in your face!

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Sherr...
Sep. 2, 2009 at 10:14 PM

I agree with most, but I don't necessarily agree with the cell phone one.  I don't have long conversations while I'm with other people, but you said, "If your phone rings and it is importantexcuse yourself and answer it."  How do I know if it's important if I don't answer it?  Sonmetimes I ignore it, but sometimes I don't know.  I'm not gonna leave someone just sitting there, but sometimes you have to answer.

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mommypip
Sep. 2, 2009 at 11:08 PM

The dog poo really drives me crazy! It's freaking disgusting to step in animal crap on a sidewalk! Or better yet my child to step in it? How am I supposed to know if your animal is free of disease? Crap is nasty! And keep your damn dog off my lawn! If you have no place for your dog to take a dump don't get one! Sorry...hate to hijack this but I just found a giant pile in my yard and I don't even have a dog (not allowed where I live frown mini)

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