Australians are sharing the small, ‘petty’ things think should be illegal from EFTPOS, ATM and booking fees, to work meetings that could have been emails and even mullet haircuts.
A man started a hilarious Reddit thread that drew in hundreds of comments after asking: ‘What’s the pettiest thing you think this country should criminalise?’.
Many Aussies said they were infuriated by restaurants that don’t put salt on chips, while others thought it should be law that shoppers need to put their trolleys away and some had major gripes with people who walk slowly along busy footpaths.
Aussies are sharing the small ‘petty’ things they think should be made illegal including work meetings that could have been covered in an email
The poster kicked off the lively discussion saying they despise being prompted to leave tips on restaurant EFTPOS terminals and delivery apps while others added surcharges to use card over cash should be a crime.
‘I’m OK with customers tipping if they so wish but I have huge issues with employers trying to normalise asking for it,’ they said.
Another agreed and said they hated movie ticket booking fees and ‘extortionate’ prices of food and drinks at the cinema.
Someone said they despise being prompted to leave tips on restaurant EFTPOS terminals and delivery apps while others added surcharges to use card over cash should be a crime
Other answers included restaurants not putting salt on chips as well as mullets hair cuts, and when groups take up the whole footpath by walking side-by-side
‘Cinemas are a huge rip off in taking around $2 per ticket for a booking fee when buying tickets online, outrageous. Governments should step in and legislate against this blatant profiteering,’ they wrote.
‘Also popcorn shouldn’t cost $10,’ someone added.
Many had traffic-related grievances including not waving to passers by in rural areas.
‘Not returning the country wave when you’re driving in regional areas. Two demerit points,’ one woman said a second replied: ‘Even just the one finger raised from the steering wheel is acceptable for farm folks!’
‘I let someone cut in front of me in traffic this morning. No wave. Straight to jail,’ another joked.
Many had traffic-related grievances including not giving a ‘country wave’ to fellow drivers in regional areas
‘People who speed up once you hit an overtaking lane despite doing ~10km under every other time. Like, I don’t get it. Why?? I’m legitimately asking, why do people do this?’ asked a fourth.
Other answers included leaving the trolley in the middle of the car park, mullet haircuts, work meetings that could have been emails and not putting salt on chips.
‘Slow walking in groups in the middle of busy areas such as shopping centres,’ one Redditor answered.
‘Can we get the death penalty for those two people with large trolleys who think that the entrance of an aisle in the supermarket is a superb place to stop for a conversation?’ a second joked.
Redditors also wanted to see leaving trolleys in the middle of the carpark, using a plastic bag for one item at the supermarket and parking big cars in small bays illegal
‘The people at Woolies who go into produce and put one single banana in a plastic bag,’ complained a third.
Customers who don’t start thinking about what they want to order at McDonalds before they get to the front of the line as well as many parking faux-pas infuriated Aussies in the thread.
One man suggested: ‘Groups of people who will walk three or four abreast down a footpath (usually annoyingly slowly) and you can’t get past them.’
‘Parking your idiotic big American super-sized SUV in a ‘small car only’ spot at the shops when there are other parks available,’ someone wrote.
More ‘petty’ things Australians think should be made illegal
- Standing or lingering at the top of the escalator or lift entrance
- YouTube pranksters
- Flash mobs
- Slow footpath walkers
- Retail or charity workers who approach you at the shops
- Standing on the right on an escalator
- Speeding up in the left lane overtaking zones
- Chewing gum
- LED headlights
- Cars with loud exhausts
- Letting your dog poo on someone else’s lawn
- Not picking up your dog’s poo
- Driving in the right lane when not overtaking
- Getting on the train or bus before people get on
- Religious door knockers
- Businesses that don’t accept cash
- Talking on loud speaker in public spaces
- Playing music on public transport
‘More than three tries at parking. If you can’t get it in three you’re just not skilled enough for that spot. Pick another,’ one driver grumbled.
Something many said something that should be banned is retail or charity workers who approach you in the street or at the shops.
‘Paid ‘charity workers’ standing at every entrance to a shopping centre or supermarket,’ one shopper wrote.
‘Thing is I’m not against donating, I have a number of charities I donate to regularly, but their tactics can be really out of line and intimidating sometimes.’
‘I’m against donating to organisations who use this tactic,’ someone agreed.
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