New Yorkers are usually portrayed as these salty-mouthed, side-eye giving, fast walking, quick talking bozos who won’t really go out of their way for anyone if there isn’t anything in it for them. NOT TRUE, I say in my most indignant voice (this voice actually sounds a lot like my impersonation of Carol Channing but I cannot help that.) Again, I say NOT TRUE!
But then, I’ve begun questioning my set of rules of etiquette. I’m not one to care about elbows on the table or a cleverly placed burp by a child (although I do not have the same appreciation for burps by adults, or dogs.) But I think I mostly adhere to the rules of the day. But I found myself giving the salty-mouthed side eye middle finger (in my imagination, of course. I’m not a fighter) to a few people over the past few days and wonder if I have anyone doing the same to me.
So I’m posing a few questions – some situations I’m guilty (?) of perpetrating, others which I’ve observed. Break me off some knowledge, please:
- Is it ok to refill a water bottle from an establishment’s bottled water dispenser? Or only from water fountains?
- On mass transit, what’s the protocol for giving a seat up to a child? At what age do they seem old enough to not be offered your seat?
- What about the pregnant ladies of the world? Do you always have to offer a seat to them? (That rotten bunch….)
- If you offer your seat to a pregnant lady, and she thanks you but then gives it to her 6-year-old son (ummm…..yeh….totally hypothetical), is that ok?
- How acceptable is it to ask people to scoot over, then mash your big huge honking oversized keister in a place that it obviously doesn’t fit?
- Mothers and strollers and stairs: should you always offer to help them up/down?
- Children and their electronic devices – ok for restaurants? What if they leave the sound on?
- When you greet someone – a handshake? A kiss on the cheek? A double kiss? (I must say I’ve planted more accidental kisses on the mouth with the double kiss so I just cannot go there. Or if I do, just know I probably want to kiss you on the mouth.)
I can’t wait to see what the consensus is. Please leave your etiquette questions in the comments, too! I love to give my opinion! I shouldn’t be yelling now so I’ll nix the exclamation points. See? I’m an etiquette queen! Ooops….