Play Nice! “Polite Day” Is Almost Here

D.C. Council names March 20 “Polite Day” in Washington

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010  |  Updated 9:16 AM EDT
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Play Nice!  “Polite Day” Is Almost Here

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Wave hello to someone on the sidewalk.  Let that car cut in front of you on the Beltway.  Offer up your seat on the Metro.  These are just a few of the things you could do to celebrate “Polite Day” here in Washington!

The D.C. Council has officially declared March 20 as “Polite Day.”

D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas sponsored the bill.  

“Polite Day is really just getting back to the basics of just being decent to one another," Thomas told the Washington Times. "I think good will goes a long way.”

Tell that to the people who shoveled out their parking spaces after the blizzard only to have someone else steal their spot...

But we digress. 

The council is hoping to spread the word through church groups and different community organizations.

Thomas said he got the idea for Polite Day from Jay Speights, a writer for the Communities section of the Washington Times' Web site.  Speights said he asked for a Polite Day after a tough commute last year across the city, and that the idea should extend from President Obama and Congress to every resident.

Everyone on the D.C. Council seemed to think it was a good idea as well.  The resolution passed unanimously with 13 votes. 

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