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View Poll Results: Do you say hello to strangers while walking in quiet places?
All the time/almost all the time 50 40.00%
Most times 27 21.60%
Sometimes 31 24.80%
Seldom/never 17 13.60%
Voters: 125. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:38 AM
Location: Edmond, OK
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I do unless they seem to be engrossed in something else, like listening to music or something. For instance, I see a women out every morning walking her dog. I'm usually out playing with my dog or working in my yard or something. I've never spoken to her because she always either on her phone or actually reading a book or magazine while walking. I always wonder how she does that without tripping on something! But there's another women I see daily walking her dog, and we always say "hello" to each other. Normally though I will at least give a "hi". To not do so would be considered rude here.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:42 AM
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I don't. Why would say hello when I don't even know that person? That's just stupid and a waste of energy. I don't even return hellos either except with a nod of the head. If that makes me a jerk, so be it. I think it just makes me an introvert.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:46 AM
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When walking in my neighborhood (usually with one of my dogs) I do say Hi to people, who are also usually walking dogs. I'm not generally a person to go out of my way to be friendly or make small talk, but these are my neighbors, whether we know each other or not, so I say Hi. The intimate greeting with sniffing, however, we leave to the dogs. If we are on opposite sides of the street I won't say hi unless I know them, or unless we accidently make eye contact.

Sometimes I'll see a completely unfamiliar person walking in the neighborhood, and as we pass each other, I definitely say Hi to them as well. Mostly it's a safety/security thing. If the person is just innocently walking through our neighborhood, then he/she just got a nice hello. But if the person is walking around casing homes for potential burglary, now they've been noticed and acknowledged, and are less likely to try something, because now there's a witness who can identify them. Kind of the same philosophy as having a greeter in a store: you're less likely to shop lift if someone has acknowledged you.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:52 AM
Location: Oakland, CA
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Mostly. You know there is an unofficial rule that all black people are supposed to say "hi" to each other. So after I learned that rule, I applied it to everyone.

If we are the only people on the road, I'll say hi. In a crowd and I see you looking at me, I'll give a small smile and a possible hi. If you are in close proximity, it will be hi or a smile, or a nod.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:03 AM
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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No! I live in Buenos Aires, though, a huge city full of people, and my neibghourhood density is 14,500 hab/km, so i would have to be saying "hi" non stop like a crazy robot .

But i can see how that would be the case if i lived in a small town.

I do say hello to people i ve seen before, like the girl from the kiosk or the guys from the food-store or every time i go to the chinese supermarket, etc, but thats common cortesy.

Saying hi to people on the streets doesnt seem to be a common thing in big cities
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:06 AM
Location: North Shore Long Island
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Most of the time, as long as I don't feel as if I'm disturbing them.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:07 AM
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Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Originally Posted by Pikantari View Post
I do it and I am in NOVA...

You could say hi to me if you saw me on the street and we would be just fine! =)
That's different. We (sorta) know each other.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:16 AM
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I live in the NYC suburbs. Its a regular occurence on the streets by me.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:45 PM
Location: Greater NYC
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I do. In a neighborhood where just a few people are likely out walking at any given time and you are crossing paths or very close in proximity, yes. Rarely, have I had anyone come in close contact with me while walking in a quiet neighborhood and they do NOT say hello and that goes for CO, CA, GA and TX.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:30 PM
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I do. It's the norm here. Even if someone is running they will always look at me and say good morning. This is on a greenbelt where I walk and I've done it for so long that I see many of the same people over and over again.

It doesn't seem to matter around here if someone is running, walking, on a bike, etc. They always say hello or good morning, etc. It's actually weird when they don't.

I'm in Colorado.
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