Are you a rule keeper or breaker? Does it depend on the rule or the circumstances? For example, this morning I entered a medical office which had a large sign posted on the door that read “Turn off all cell phones.” I’ll admit that I didn’t turn mine off, but I did put it away.
In the seat across from me however, there was a woman loudly talking on hers. At first I thought it was a business call, but soon I was overhearing stories about her son, his hardships, his college enrollment and his goals. Great that he has goals, but I think she overlooked the sign.
On the other side of the room was an older gentleman who was having a mental fit over her lack of rule keeping.
The more she talked, the more he glared at her. Finally, when he could take it no more, he shouted across the room to the receptionist “These people didn’t read the sign!”
The lady, who I know had to have heard him, kept talking until the nurse called her name. Quickly hanging up the phone, she grabbed her things and apologized to the nurse that her multi-tasking was delaying her.
The man then angrily shouted again, “That’s why we’re not supposed to have cell phones in here!” In a sarcastic tone, the woman shouted back “Sorry!”, then followed the nurse through the door.
If you want a laugh, check out what could have happened…
What rules do we apply?
It was entertaining, but also got me thinking about all the rules we apply and which ones we break.
Speed limits for example. Does anyone abide by the speed limit all the time? I don’t. Although it’s usually only 5-10 over the posted speed limit, I do occasionally speed.
“Turn all electronic devices off,” the flight attendant says. Do we obey that command right away or do we keep them on until the very last second?
“Pepper spray/mace is not allowed as a carry on.” After approximately 8 times of flying with mine tucked away inside of my purse, I finally decided to keep that rule. Unfortunately, I don’t feel nearly as safe now when I use deserted airport restrooms in the middle of the night.
Then there’s the unspoken rules, such as “put your shopping cart away.” That should be fairly easy for anyone to do, but few do it. Why is that?
“Don’t litter.” There are trash cans everywhere. If there isn’t one nearby, then can they not just take the trash with them? Why throw it on the ground for someone else to pick up?
“Pick up after your pets.” People shouldn’t have to walk in your dog’s poo. Someone created little to-go bags for that specific purpose. You can even choose your own colors and designs.
There are many rules. Simple ones, important ones and then the unspoken ones.
How do you decide which ones to keep and which ones not to? Are you a rule keeper or breaker?