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How Not To Behave In Public Places

Updated on May 29, 2013

A Public Disgrace

How many times have you been out for a walk or out shopping and saw something that you thought should never be seen in a public place?

People are disgusting creatures and some of the things we do are shameful and revolting, maybe in the privacy of our own homes it is alright to do such things but in a public place when there are other people around to see it, may just not be the best time to deal with a personal problem.

The strange thing is that even though the offenders know what they are doing is disgusting and turning other peoples stomach they carry on doing it as if they are proud of their achievements.

Spitting in Public

Even the picture of spit makes you feel sick
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Spitting in Public

Should people who spit in public places be fined?

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Spitting in Public

Spitting is disgusting no matter how you look at it, a small release of saliva or even a hocked up greenie should be kept out of the public domain, not only is it unhygienic but it turns the stomach of everyone who happens to witness it.

In recent years spitting in public has evolved to a new level and it is even more disgusting today than it ever was. you see him there finger on one nostril, hocking up then firing it out of the other nostril. personally when I see that one I feel the urge to be physically sick.

Of course there are people who spit accidentally, who without fault of their own suddenly go into a coughing fit and the spit follows out.

Although accidental it can be avoided afterall thats what tissues are for.

Some people also manage to spit when they speak, it isn't very nice having a conversation when you need to wash your face afterwards.

Spitting in public is wrong but should offenders face a fine for doing it?

Nose picking in Public

Pick it lick it flick it or eat it.
Pick it lick it flick it or eat it. | Source

Nose Picking in Public

Should Nose pickers be fined for not disposing of their boogers in a sanitary way?

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Nose Picking in Public Places

I have to admit here that on occasion I do pick my nose as I am sure almost everyone does at some point, but picking your nose in public is a completely different matter, it isn't just the picking that makes people want to vomit but it's what the person does when they have picked the crop.

There are many options for the offender to chose from when they have a fingertip greenie, so why on seven out of ten occasions do they choose to stick it in their mouths and eat it?

The other three of the ten either stick it on to the underside of the chair or table that they are sitting at, wipe it on their clothes or even more disgustingly wipe it on the wall beside them.

I have even been witness to one guy who on a bus picked his nose and wiped the little green monster into the hair of the girl sitting in front of him.

Nose picking in public is disgusting especially when the offender looks like he is trying to tickle his brain, but should the offender be fined for not disposing of the booger in a sanitary way?

Potty Training in Public

Potty training in a public place teaches Junior that it is good to toilet outside in front of others.
Potty training in a public place teaches Junior that it is good to toilet outside in front of others. | Source

Potty Training in Public

Should parents be fined when they let their children go potty on the street?

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Potty Training in Public

It is fantastic to see a mommy and her toddler walking down the street but then she suddenly stops pulls down juniors trousers and pants and lets junior urinate on the side walk, even worse if junior needs a number two.

No one seems to mind this one too much which I find rather strange simply because if the same woman was walking her dog instead of a child and her dog was fouling in the street people would be up in arms about it especially if she didn't poop scoop it before walking off.

It is a good thing that Junior is learning to use the toilet and a big achievement in his/her development but what kind of example are these people teaching their children by saying it is alright to do the toilet out on the street in front of everyone rather than get your pants wet?

Of all of the toddlers I have seen toileting on the street I have never once saw the mother pick up after junior and dispose of it like a responsible dog owner does.

Everyone gets caught short at some point but we all learn to hold it in until we get to a toilet maybe you could ask junior to try and do the same rather than publicly expose him/herself.

If an adult was caught doing the toilet on the street, they would face a fine and even a charge of indecency, should parents who let their children use the street as a toilet also be fined?

Breast Feeding in Public

Breast feeding in public a natural part of life or an offece to the eye?
Breast feeding in public a natural part of life or an offece to the eye? | Source

Breast Feeding in Public

Should breast feeding mothers be fined for lewd behaviour?

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Breast Feeding In Public

There is great debate about women breast feeding their baby in public places and although it is a natural part of life some people still find it disgusting.

Mothers are encouraged by health professionals even before the birth of their baby that breast feeding is the best start in life that their baby could have and it is also very important in the mother and child bonding process.

Even a new mother has to go out of the house sometimes and she needs to take baby with her, when baby is hungry baby will cry. When baby cries, mommy will try and find a place as soon as possible where she can feed baby.

If that place happens to be in the public eye, then that is where it has to be, baby needs feeding and won't be happy until his or her hunger has been sated.

"Oh my goodness!, that woman has her breast out, its a scandal feeding her baby in front of us like that" Some people do react like that when they see a woman feeding her baby in a public place and rightly or wrongly some people look down on mothers who breast feed in public.

On beaches all around the world women sunbathe topless and no one really notices it, but as soon as a woman begins feeding her baby in a public place she is frowned apon.

Breast feeding in public should breast feeding mothers be fined or charged with lewd conduct?

Swearing in Public

Should people be fined for swearing in public?

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Swearing in Public

Everyone I know including myself swears in public, effing here effing there almost every second word that you hear and say is a swear word, It may seem innocent enough but some people find swearing really offensive especially if they have children with them.

I was once guilty of swearing almost everytime I opened my mouth but now that I have children of my own I have come to detest it and rarely swear these days. It really hit home to me when one of my children used a swear word when talking with me and I learned not to swear in front of them.

The Worst Public Behaviour

Which of the offencies above do you most object to?

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Public Behaviour

Everyone at some point has been grossed out by the antics of someone else that they have seen in a public place whether it was spitting, picking and eating or another form of embarrasing and freaky bodily function.

I am sure that we have all been guilty of a gross bodily malfunction that we have had no control over, like sneezing at an innapropriate moment into our hands or farting in room full of people.

Some people do it by accident, some people do it through habit and some people do it on purpose just for the public reaction.


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    • ketage profile image


      5 years ago from Croatia

      I never did understand the urge some people have to spit or nose pick in public. Truly disgusting,

      As for public potty training, in my opinion that is ridiculous.

      I actually have no problem at all with breastfeeding, after all a baby has to eat, and why some people would find this offensive is beyond me, nothing lewd about it.

      As for swearing, I do swear all the time, but not in front of ladies or children. If for some reason I really need to swear ( such as when in pain ) and there are ladies or kids around, I cuss in a language no one around me understands. Like Penang Dialect Hokkien or Hrvatski , depending on what the people around me speak :)

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      Angie Jardine 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      I was going to comment but only managed to reading the spitting bit and started to feel queasy … so I guess I’ll have to pass.

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      hot dorkage 

      6 years ago from Oregon, USA

      If you ban breast feeding in public you should ban all eating in public. Seriously. Why do people even talk about this. The woman should wear an outfit with a top and a bottom. Then she can put a blanket over the chest area, tuck the baby under it and create her own bubble of modesty. There is no reason to ever need to show any boobie flesh when breast feeding in public. If you have a baby and it is exclusively breast fed it is cruel and unusual NOT to feed it if it is hungry. and it is cruel and unusual to expect mom to stay home for months. All those other behaviours are gross and you mostly don't NEED to do them. I mean nose picking is even OK if you put your head in a brown bag so I don't have to look. Breast feeding does not belong on this list.

    • HomeEnergy profile image


      6 years ago from California

      The worst I witness in my country is patient-less behavior, worst of all is unnecessary honking by impatient drivers. This became the country plague. Well, maybe I'm already possessing opinions of an older generation...

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Well done hub on the coursening of our behavior over the years. Public civility is something that is missing too often in our culture.

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      David Hunt 

      6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Well, this is just gross and a very enjoyable read. So I would say you have succeeded in bringing this to our attention admirably. Re the swearing: I'm certainly guilty of that, though not usually in public much-- but I figured out years ago that saying effing this and effing that was also making me a lazy writer. It was too easy to eff it and my vocabulary seemed to be shrinking and my phraseology was getting stunted.

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      Nicole Paschal 

      6 years ago from Saint Petersburg, Florida

      It's funny because Berlin is overly guilty of all that including millions of cigarette butts on the streets. I find myself trying to dodge spit daily while walking. In addition, coughing and covering your mouth I guess is also not part of the culture. I try to dodge the path of their sneezes and coughs as well. My friend from the UK, but living in Berlin, has a problem with it too. So, it is definately, not all of western EU with these traits. Despite the spit, cigarette butts, and dog doo on the street, people like it I guess. I saw a woman call Berlin "Grungy Sexy" on television. I don't get the sexy part even after living here a few

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I've got to agree with you, Jimmy. Spitting is especially disgusting, and it makes me want to gag. I see a lot of nose pickers in cars who really work up to their knuckles- thankfully not too many elsewhere. They must be oblivious from too much practice. All your examples are good although breast feeding when discreet doesn't bother me. I might feel differently if the baby was feeding voraciously during a concert. No public potty training- should get a fine or, at least, pick it up and put it in a baggie. Another disgusting habit is extreme making out in public- get a room! Thanks for venting. Your rant actually made me laugh because people can be so ridiculously ill-mannered. :)

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      We have been in public places with our young children and heard teens using foul language and we spoke up about it. They did apologize, but more people just don't care about how their actions affect others.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I can't agree with fining any of these things. Nobody ever said Americans (or anyone else) have a right to not be offended! I just wrote a related topic about legislating morality. I hope you'll check it out and think about how much it costs us when we let our pride and comfort lead to fines and restrictions.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree with Sally's Trove. I read a story about how a woman had her kid on a potty in the middle of a restaurant. She was there while everyone else was eating and I'm surprised those people didn't just up and storm out- I would have.

      Breastfeeding is a normal part of motherhood- people have to stop making it a sexual issue. As long as a mother is discreet as possible, then she should do that.

      But that nose picking story you told is horrendous. Someone should have yelled at him for doing that- especially to an innocent child! Swearing, picking noses, and spitting needs to be done behind closed doors-preferably bathroom doors for the latter two! Great hub!

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      6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I have never seen potty training in public, and I hope I never do. Breast feeding is fine with me, but not spitting, swearing, or picking noses. On the other hand, if you gotta' fart, so be it. Make your excuses. But to do it because you can and you want a reaction, I don't want you to date my daughter. Up, useful, interesting.


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