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Old 05-25-2011, 07:13 PM
 
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I am a native Floridian born and raised, but from Tampa. I was wondering my a lot of ppl in J'ville smile, not just the elderly / retired folk but some young gen X'ers and below also. Someone told me its cuz they are stoned. Is that true ? I'm just asking ! Cuz back home ppl smile around the beaches / St Petersburg and the outlying areas very occasionally but in the city never. Unless they work in service industry or retail, but I'm not talking about on the job, I mean in passing on the street or when coming into an elevator etc. I never know how quite to respond. What do yall do if its something your not accustomed to ?

EDIT : I mean if its not your usual repertoire do you look the other way or force yourself to smile back ? I usually manage a grimace, which isnt really a smile, just like pulling my lips straight out like an acknowledgement that I've seen them.

PS : Unless its a cute guy I mean

PPS What if it just doesnt come naturally to do it back ? I mean I'm happy and all but dont grin at random strangers.....Im just saying.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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LOL...funny question.

Personally, I generally smile if I pass someone on the street or if I got on an elevator with someone already in it. I was born and raised in the south, so to me it's just being polite to acknowledge someone.

As for the reponse, I think it's appropriate to respond if someone smiles at you. A "grimace" sounds a little cold to me! I guess I could see where it might be awkward for someone, but even a forced smile is better than nothin'!
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: On the banks of the St Johns River
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LOL...funny question.

Personally, I generally smile if I pass someone on the street or if I got on an elevator with someone already in it. I was born and raised in the south, so to me it's just being polite to acknowledge someone.

As for the reponse, I think it's appropriate to respond if someone smiles at you. A "grimace" sounds a little cold to me! I guess I could see where it might be awkward for someone, but even a forced smile is better than nothin'!
I agree with hlauburn...its a southern thing. A grimace sounds like a case of constipation. As Tampa isnt a real southern city I guess I understand..you could try to do one of those fake "I'm royalty...your a commoner" smiles just leave off the hand waggle!
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I like living in a culture where people don't feel awkward exchanging smiles with a stranger.
Smiling like laughing is good for the soul. I pity people who find it hard to smile.
I know in some cities people only smile on the street when they are trying to sell you something (like a fake Rolex).
Is that how it is in Tampa?
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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proper southerners here baby.
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:28 PM
 
Location: On the banks of the St Johns River
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proper southerners here baby.
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:45 PM
 
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I know in some cities people only smile on the street when they are trying to sell you something (like a fake Rolex).
Is that how it is in Tampa?[/quote]

ummm, yea that and worse, like....oh maybe "ms lady would you like a gram of ---- discount if you buy in bulk" '

or : often someone down on their luck, or mentally ill who will follow you around and pester you etc etc.

better to avoid strangers and not give them an opening
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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I know in some cities people only smile on the street when they are trying to sell you something (like a fake Rolex).
Is that how it is in Tampa?
Not really. Discounting street people, people smile because they're friendly. What I can't stand are the people who purposely try to avoid looking at you.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I am from NE Ohio originally and I smile at people on the street. I am just that way though.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Near the beaches
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Well I'm from NJ and most people don't smile or say hello or anything else in passing. Part of what I like down here is people smile or say hello or whatever in passing. We ARE all human beings. Doesn't hurt to be polite and say hello.
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