Good manners should count on the road too

In her weekly newsletter, Women24 editor Lili Radloff shared with us some of her Pet hates and small pleasures. We asked our readers to share some of their likes and dislikes, this is what one of our readers had to say.

Toni's pet peeves:
I’m generally the most happy-go-lucky, mild-mannered, polite person BUT, if I have been waiting patiently in a queue it drives me insane when someone sneaks in without serving their time! What makes them better than me?

Do they think they are smarter, more deserving, in more of a hurry? Is the fact that they drive a fancy car/are male/can get away with it a justification?

And why are so many of us determined to be part of this one-upmanship, regardless of the fact that all we achieve is to aggravate our fellow citizens? 

On this note a friend of mine went to Israel for a time and according to him “he who pushes to the front, wins”. He then went on to the UK and adopted the same philosophy without thinking. He was mortified when a plummy voice from the back of the queue then piped up to say “in this country we have a system called queuing, you know!!”.

He ran out with his tail between his legs to find another shop. How I wish that pure embarrassment for our actions could motivate us to be more courteous!

Small pleasures:
Having my two year old god-daughter offer to “give me a sticker” after I had a terrible fall, - cause everyone knows that a Hello Kitty sticker makes everything better!

Her genuine belief that this would dry my tears and stop the bleeding, restored my faith in the intrinsic goodness of people. I can now face those queues with renewed optimism.

In fact I may even give that BMW a gap in front of me on my way home!

Marion's pet peeves:
A grown-up still popping their bubblegum, come on, it's not cute anymore.

Someone eating with their mouth open, and if that's not enough to wilt your daisies, making nasal sounds to round off the experience.

Clipping nails inside the house, please people; go outside!

While talking to someone over the phone, they decide to finish their sandwich, really?

Small pleasures:
In traffic - when someone cuts in front of me without "asking" and someone else does it to them.

The occasional look from the most handsome guy in the office.

At the end of my gym session when i barely make it to the only available Treadmill right under the aircon vent.

Being registered on the DMASA.

Read Lili's article, Pet hates and small pleasures , the confessional that got our readers talking.

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