Britons are ruder than they were a decade ago, according to a recent survey on Monday that showed almost three-quarters of people questioned think manners should be taught at school.
A third believe bad manners are the catalyst for much of the anti-social behaviour in Britain and blamed a lack of respect for authority.
More than 90% of respondents believe parents are also failing to ensure their children learn proper manners and that bad behaviour of celebrities and footballers are setting a poor example for impressionable youngsters.
Spitting and swearing were the most offensive behaviours, it found, while queue-jumping and not saying "please" or "thank you" were other main gripes.
(Poll conducted by ITV.)