In the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, there were so many things we didn’t know that made the whole situation even more nerve-racking and scary. Public events were suspended, schools closed their gates, businesses shut their doors and people started working from home, turning to the online world for entertainment, information and shopping.
However, with lockdown restrictions being lifted and stores reopening all across the country, people have slowly but surely returned to in-person shopping. Unfortunately, not even the pandemic could stop some people from being rude and engaging in all sorts of disrespectful shopping behaviors.
According to etiquette expert Bonnie Tsai, founder and director of etiquette training school Beyond Etiquette, some shopping habits that could have easily passed by unnoticed before the COVID-19 pandemic, have now turned into major faux pas. You might be doing something as well, without even knowing it’s downright rude in the context of the pandemic.
Therefore, to make sure you keep things polite and don’t break serious etiquette rules, not to mention safety ones, check out the rudest shopping habits you need to break as soon as possible. As an extra bonus, you might also want to avoid The WORST Mistakes You Need to Stop Making By Age 40.
Not giving other shoppers enough space
When shopping during COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not enough to just use face masks, hand sanitizer and wipe your cart; you also need to maintain a proper safety distance and not get too close to other shoppers, for your own sake and for theirs as well.
Just as you wear a face mask outside to protect others around you and practice social distancing, you should do the same inside a grocery store…or, better yet, especially because you’re indoors. You don’t know what their circumstances are, neither do they, so, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure you also read 17 Things People Do Without Realizing They’re Being Rude.