"It Should Be Socially Acceptable": 16 Things That People Are Technically Allowed To Do In Today's Society (But They Will Probably Get Dirty Looks For It)

Do you ever think about things that are technically allowed but not socially acceptable? I immediately think of elevator etiquette and how everyone stands facing the elevator doors when technically, who says we can't face any corner of the elevator that we want?

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Redditor u/Lowskiillz asked "What is something perfectly legal that is not socially acceptable?" and a lot of the responses in the thread made me nod my head in agreement. Here is what some people had to say.

1."Taking some food off a dinner companion’s plate without asking."

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2."Not offering a wave when someone lets you into traffic."


3."Sitting at a stranger's table in a cafe."

a person sitting at a table in a cafe

4."Playing music or watching videos without earbuds on public transportation. I wish it were a crime."


5."When there's someone bowling and they're up in the lane getting ready to throw their ball, you're not supposed to throw your ball before they throw theirs. I never understood this etiquette. Their lane has no bearing on mine. You should be able to throw your ball whenever you want to."

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6."Not tipping at a restaurant in the US."


7."Taking pictures of strangers in public. As long as you don't attempt to invade the person's privacy, there's really not any protection from being photographed or recorded in most public settings."


8."Breastfeeding in public. I don't know why people still go nuts over it. It SHOULD be socially acceptable."

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9."Pouring the milk before the cereal."


10."Leaving your shopping cart in the middle of the lot instead of putting it away."


11."Feet up on a table."


12."Discussing wages."


13."Cutting in line."

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14."Peeing in a sea or an ocean while swimming."


15."Reclining your seat in an airplane for the whole trip."

a person reclined on an airplane

16."Having a committed relationship with two or more people at the same time."


Is there anything else you could add to this list? If so, share it with me in the comments below!