Wednesday, September 05, 2007

This week in Everyday Etiquette #4

Welcome to this week in Everyday Etiquette. Today's question is a very simple one concerning life in small communities.* Let's play!

Imagine you're home alone and you live in a small town. Because you live in a small town, any number of people know you're at home. (They know because of your car, or because they ran into your spouse at the store, or because they talked to your co-workers, etc.) The doorbell rings. And rings. You don't know who it is. It could be a neighbor, a friend, a member of a religious group, or someone selling chocolate. You decide to be very quiet and to not answer the door because, well, you just don't feel like it and because you're wearing pyjamas. Is this rude, anti-social behavior?

* This question never concerned me when I lived in Los Angeles. If the doorbell rang, you just didn't answer it. Ever.

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