Originally Posted by lisalee
Y'all should take a trip to NYC and you will really see what rudeness is
As a born and bred New Yorker, I must, with utmost politeness and gentility, disagree.
Yes indeed we do have rude people here, I will not deny that. But as a person who was taught as a child to treat people with respect and consideration, I do take some offense at the notion that we are a city of total boorishness. Like I said, we definitely have a number of rude people here (e.g., not saying "thank you" when someone holds the door, standing right in front of the subway doors so you can't get in or out, playing their car radios so loud I can hear it in my 6th floor apartment). But those people annoy me just as much as they annoy you, and I know I am not alone. I will have to say that we are perhaps not as open and friendly as people from other parts of the country, at least as we go about our daily lives, but that comes from living in a fast-paced, crowded environment. It is difficult to maintain one's personal space living here, so maybe we tend not to be as warm towards strangers as people living elsewhere are, and that brusqueness is sometimes, I think, mistaken for rudeness. But I don't think it's fair to generalize and say this a rude city.