Editorial: Rudeness - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Editorial: Rudeness

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Rudeness…do you think rudeness is intentional, or is it that some folks just don't know any better?

Whatever the basis for it is…I think it's rude when someone jumps in line in front of others, whether it's a line of people or a line of cars waiting to get through some road obstruction. Those motorists who speed ahead to merge at the head of the line, not waiting their turn…is their time more important than that of those who are waiting patiently?

I think it's rude when someone who is not handicapped or not a senior citizen decides to park in the no parking zone at the door of a store, when there are available parking spaces in the store's parking lot.

It's rude not to acknowledge someone who is providing you good service by looking them in the eye and saying please and thank you…like, for example, the person working at the drive-thru window.

Spitting on the sidewalk is rude or worse!

It's rude and cowardly to anonymously make caustic, mean-spirited posts on Facebook, in phone messages, or in any other kind of correspondence.

With the exception of emergency situations, I think it's rude to be checking Facebook or email during meetings.

While I was writing this, someone reminded me that what may be considered as rude behavior by some, may not be seen as rudeness by others. Certainly, acceptable behavior varies from culture to culture around the world. But, consideration for others is what makes us civilized. What do you think?

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