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Old 08-08-2014, 07:29 AM
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Originally Posted by NOLA101 View Post
Sorry, but I don't buy it. You honestly live in the U.S.?

You never hear people asking "How was your day"? You never have small-time chit-chat with someone you just met? You never went to a restaurant and the waiter gave his name? You never, ever heard "We should get together some time" and not really meant it?

I know lots of people in the U.S. who do this. I mean, I do this, too, at least to some extent. In Europe, people generally don't do this, so they find it odd.
I don't even think the younger generation realizes that it wasn't that long ago that it was considered crass to have a server prance up to your table and say, "Hi, I'm Justin, and I'll be your server tonight." They all do it now. My daughter is working as a server right now for a chain, and the restaurant rules make them introduce themselves.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:35 AM
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Originally Posted by A.J240 View Post
I don't think Americans have that reputation at all, I've never ever heard someone refer to Americans as rude. I've always wondered if places within the U.S that are known for havng rude residents(New England, NY), would appear overly friendly in in certain parts of Europe(not all of Europe is cold and distant), I found New Yorkers a bit more smiley and friendly compared to Londoners for example.
Rudeness is also subjective. There's a thread right now on the New York City forum about some tourist who was standing on a corner in the city and was overheard to complain to her companion that New Yorkers were so rude because they kept bumping into her. Well, New Yorkers think that people are rude who just STOP DEAD in the middle of the sidewalk oblivious to all the people around them who are trying to get somewhere. It's amazing how many tourists to the city do this. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people behind you at rush hour trying to get to work and they just suddenly come to a complete stop in the middle of the sidewalk with no regard for the flow of pedestrian traffic to look at a map or stare at something. Step off to the side. It doesn't take a huge effort to be considerate of the others around you. You wouldn't just suddenly throw your car into park in the center of your main street back home, would you? It's the same thing.

On the other side of the world, my daughter has lived in China, and over there, if someone is in your way on the sidewalk, you shove them aside so you can pass. Or you push and shove to get in the front of a line to board a bus--even when everyone has a ticket and a seat assignment! It's just how it is, and not considered rude there.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:01 PM
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My ex wife is half Dane. Danes got no room to talk.
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