D.C. October 04, 2017
12 Unwritten Rules Every Washingtonian Lives By ‘Til Death
In DC, there are some things you just don’t do ever. And there are some things everyone does without ever thinking about it. Here are 12 unwritten rules of DC that everyone follows!
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1. Don’t park your car in a no parking zone and always pay the meter.
Parking is terrible but don’t even try to risk it in a no park zone. You will get a ticket, end of story.
2. Never cheer for the Penguins.
We know DC teams break our hearts but you never cheer for the enemy.
3. Don’t drive when it snows. Don’t even try it.
Everything shuts down at the hint of snow. Don’t tempt fate.
4. Always leave early because there will be traffic.
It doesn’t matter where you are going or what time you go, you will hit traffic and it will be frustrating. Be sure to plan ahead.
5. Don’t judge a restaurant by its cover.
We might have lots of trendy restaurants with lines around the block that you should absolutely try. But some of the best restaurants don’t do look very appetizing from the outside. But every good Washingtonian knows the best food comes in surprising places.
6. Never say you’re from DC if you’re actually from a suburb in Maryland or Virginia.
It is not the same thing. If you have to cross a bridge to get into the city, you are not from the city.
7. Do not eat or drink on the metro.
This isn’t just a rule in theory. It’s an actual upheld rule that everyone in the city follows.
8. Ask people where they work right after you meet them.
It might be rude but it’s the Washington way of life. We introduce ourselves, find out each other’s names and then almost immediately, we find out our occupations. Don’t be weirded out if someone does this to you.
9. DC is not the south.
We’re not the south. We do not have accents. We are not southern.
10. Always bring reusable bags to the store.
That $0.05 bag tax will get you every time. Always bring a reusable bag.
11. Walk left, stand right.
If there is one rule you should learn right away, it’s this one. Never stand on the left side of an escalator ever.
12. Be open and accepting.
In DC, you’ll meet people from many different walks of life. It’s a melting pot of diversity and new experiences. If you’re open to everything you can learn and experience in DC, it will find it’s way to your heart.
Do you follow all of these rules? Did we miss any?
If you just moved to DC or are thinking about it, then these 14 things will also be helpful to you!