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View Poll Results: What cities do you think are the rudest?
NYC 67 35.26%
Boston 56 29.47%
Philly 37 19.47%
DC 31 16.32%
Atlanta 25 13.16%
Miami 44 23.16%
Chicago 22 11.58%
St. Louis 7 3.68%
Detroit 22 11.58%
Cleveland 9 4.74%
Houston 17 8.95%
Dallas 18 9.47%
OKC 6 3.16%
Omaha 6 3.16%
Austin 11 5.79%
Albuquerque 9 4.74%
Denver 8 4.21%
Seattle 9 4.74%
Portland 11 5.79%
Sacramento 6 3.16%
San Francisco 19 10.00%
San Jose 10 5.26%
Los Angeles 43 22.63%
San Diego 10 5.26%
Phoenix 17 8.95%
Las Veags 19 10.00%
Pittsburgh 12 6.32%
Honolulu 4 2.11%
Tampa 16 8.42%
Milwaukee 9 4.74%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 190. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-24-2008, 07:21 AM
Location: NJ
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I STG NYC is NOT rude. Guilani must've put prozac or valium in the water because ppl are WAY friendlier than 20 yrs ago. Unless I'm rude and wouldn't know a rude person if they slapped me in the face

I've found, in my travels, the largest percentage of rude people in Indy (which isn't even on the list), but I wouldn't go as far as saying the city is rude as a whole. Most wary/insulated/standoffish people were in SLC.

Old 07-24-2008, 07:47 AM
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Kansas City should be on this list. Lots of rude people here.
Old 10-16-2008, 07:57 PM
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Living in DC, originally from Phoenix. DC people drive me up a wall. I visited NYC recently and it was a breath of fresh air. People stayed out of my way and left me alone. Much like they do out West, but it's more impressive in NY considering the density.

In the Washington area people are so much louder and so much more socially needy. Strangers talk to me without my consent and ask very personal questions. No one seems to know that it's impolite to stare. I always feel people's eyes burning a hole in me. Noticing things (like that I'm not as clean-cut and conservative in appearance as them, or that I'm not constantly schmoozing and kissing ass). Judging me. As if it were some kind of small town.

I'm a naturally quiet person who minds my own business, and it never occurred to me that this could be seen as a flaw, until I moved here. People have no respect for anyone who doesn't verbalize their every thought, at full volume, without a split-second of hesitation. They won't get out of your way unless you loudly ask them to, and then they'll insist on having a conversation.

It's not nearly as crowded as New York, but it feels twice as crowded because people's personalities are that much bigger, and they move twice as slow, and take up twice as much space, and Lord you better not challenge them on it, because crime is hardcore in the area. I just hope I still have the strength to find my way out of here.

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Old 10-16-2008, 08:28 PM
Location: Jersey City
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Originally Posted by j33 View Post
My experiences with the locals in Boston and NYC have overwhelmingly positive (however, I have a lot of relatives from NE and New York, so culturally, northeasterners have never been all that 'foreign' to me, despite growing up in Chicago). The only really rude people I've encountered in NYC were the Williamsburg hipsters, and well, we all know about those sorts.
Bingo. I have observed the same. The "rudest" New Yorkers in my experience aren't people who live in the suburbs (as has been claimed in this thread). They're the Williamsburg, SpaHa (wtf), BoCoCa (wtffff?), RAMBO (really?) hipsters who arrived in New York a few months ago from Cowpastureville and feel they (1) ARE New York, (2) their new address makes them better than everyone else, and (3) now they have to prove it.

I'm meeting these guys in bars in Jersey City. Manhattan rent refugees who say things like, "Oh I couldn't stand the thought of moving to JC" or "I'm in exile here in Jersey. I don't know if I'll survive it!!" I can't help but remind them, "Um but weren't you living in Map Dot, Montana a few months ago? I think you'll be able to find lattes, sushi and falafel that are up to your pseudo-Manhattan standard here."
Old 10-16-2008, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by tahiti View Post
Most wary/insulated/standoffish people were in SLC.
Standoffish would be a welcome change. And mountain scenery. Hmm. I'm liking this.
Old 10-16-2008, 09:11 PM
Location: Jersey
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How the hell do you people consider being direct and honest to be rude?
Old 10-17-2008, 07:49 AM
Location: Dorchester
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I worked in Nassau County for a couple of months and expected a lot of rudeness as it is very urban there.
The people were incredibly outgoing, funny, and considerate.
I literally did not meet one single person that I didn't like!

For me it was LA. And it wasn't rudeness, it was that you get the feeling that if you do not look like a model or drive an expensive auto then you are invisible.
By looking at my profile photo you can see that I have never looked like a model. And I own a jeep.
Old 10-17-2008, 09:29 AM
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Of all the places I have lived, Miami/Ft Lauderdale was the worst...I was shocked at how rude and in your face people there were.
DC would come in second, rude and status-conscious to the point of hilarity.
I lived in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn...extremely friendly neighborhood. I never felt that NYC deserved its' reputation for rudeness.
Old 10-17-2008, 10:31 AM
Location: Atlanta
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^I'm in total agreement here. South Florida is just pathetic with the rudeness. New York is amazing - they are NOT rude, they're busy.
Old 10-17-2008, 10:44 AM
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Boston had the rudest people I have ever had the displeasure of encountering.
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