We all have them. Those one or two hills that we are willing to die on, and we aren’t going down without a fight. It may make sense to some people, but others might be confused by your strong stance.
In a recent online forum, people were discussing the smallest hill that they are willing to die on. Here are ten of the things they refuse to give up on.
“I Don’t Know” Is an Answer
Many people get frustrated to hear “I don’t know” as the answer to what they have just asked, but it is an answer to the question. Sometimes, it’s the most honest and appropriate response.
One person said, “More people should learn that saying ‘I don’t know’ is a perfectly accurate and acceptable answer.”
Don’t Forget the Sauce
If you have asked for sauce, and particularly if you have to pay extra for the sauce, chances are you actually expect to receive the sauce.
One woman said, “If I had to pay for sauce I better have sauce in the bag.” Someone else said, “Sauce is forgotten far too often. I’d say my extra sauce, which is paid for, is forgotten nearly half the time across various fast food orders. You remembered to charge, then remember to put it in the bag. The industry is robbing the world blind on something small like this.”
No More Silent EE’s
Stop adding silent ee’s to everything! It’s not even the letter you meant to add.
One person said, “Stop tacking strings of silent E’s onto the ends of words to emphasize them. You don’t loveeee it. You love it. If you were saying it aloud, you’d hold the o, not suddenly start squealing like my tinnitus acting up. It’s not that difficult.”
Who came up with the pronunciation for the world colonel? It doesn’t sound like it reads at all. One person said, “I hate the word colonel. How it’s spelled versus how you say it.”
Someone else replied, “It’s especially ridiculous considering colony, colonize, colonial, etc. all pronounce that first L.”
Physical Buttons Are Superior to Touch Screens
Physical buttons, particularly in vehicles, are much safer and easier to use than touch screens, which are becoming increasingly more popular.
One man said, “You can ‘muscle memory’ buttons pretty quickly and safely make changes whilst driving because you don’t have to look at them. These screens will never have that and they will cause more crashes.”
Slow Opening Automatic Doors
Automatic doors should be fully opened before you are fully in front of them. You shouldn’t have to stop and wait for them. One person said, “If the automatic door does not open fast enough for me not to break stride, it is broken.”
A man replied, “My big brother once convinced me that as a safety measure, no matter what speed you approach automatic doors they will open. As in, you can sprint at them and they will open. He was, in fact, wrong.”
Utensils Belong At the End Of the Buffet
Utensils are usually found at the front of the buffet before you have even gotten to the food. How can you know what utensils you’ll need with no food on your plate?
One commenter said, “Utensils need to be at the end of a buffet. So many places put them at the beginning of a buffet. You don’t know what utensils you’ll need yet and then you have to carry them around the whole time.”
Burgers Come With Fries
Fries are expected to accompany burgers in a restaurant. They aren’t an addition to be charged for. They are part of the meal.
One man said, “Burgers come with fries. Stop trying to charge me an extra $7 for 1/4 of a potato’s worth of shoestring fries that get cold before they even reach the plate just because you put truffle oil or some other junk on them.”
The Bread Or the Butter Should Be Warmed
When being served bread and butter at a restaurant, you shouldn’t serve room-temperature bread with ice-cold butter. It won’t spread.
One person said, “If you’re going to serve room temp bread at a restaurant, don’t serve me ice cold butter. Warm one of the two things up.”
Burgers Should Be Wider and Not Taller
Your mouth can only open so wide, so restaurants should stop with the burger tower. Make it wider so you can get your mouth around it.
One man said, “Burgers should be wider not taller, if you need to put a skewer through it its no longer a burger its a kebab.” To which someone replied, “Yes! I want a meat pancake, not a lopsided meatball.”
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This thread inspired this post.
I’m Nicole Schmoll – a master’s-educated professional writer, mompreneur, and co-founder of Frugal Rules.
As a freelance copywriter in Omaha, I still believe that writing is an artistic expression. Every time I strike the keys, I intend to evoke a response from my listeners. I left my full-time career as a senior copywriter for an insurance agency to start my own freelance writing business.
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