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Old 06-21-2006, 12:57 PM   #1
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Bad Manners? Fogetabadit

NEW YORK - New Yorkers are a polite bunch.

No, really, they are. So says Reader's Digest.

The magazine sent reporters "undercover" to 36 cities, in 35 countries, to measure courtesy. New York was the only American city on the list.

In a city with a reputation for being in-your-face, New Yorkers seem to be expressing themselves with a new one-finger salute: a raised pinkie. In fact, they seem to have even better manners than people in London, Toronto and Moscow.

In its admittedly unscientific survey, the magazine's politeness-police gave three types of tests to more than 2,000 unwitting participants.

The reporters walked into buildings to see if the people in front of them would hold the door open; bought small items in stores and recorded whether the salespeople said "thank you"; and dropped a folder full of papers in busy locations to see if anyone would help pick them up.

New Yorkers turned out to be the most polite: 90 percent held the door open, 19 out of 20 store clerks said "thank you," and 63 percent of men and 47 percent of women helped with the flying papers.

In short, four out of five New Yorkers passed the courtesy test.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he's not surprised.

He told reporters Tuesday that whenever he travels abroad, he hears nothing but praise for the Big Apple's good manners.

"We are so jaded," he said. "We want to think the worst of ourselves, and people from around this country and around the world think exactly the reverse."

The rudest continent is Asia, Readers Digest said. Eight out of nine cities tested there — including last place Mumbai, India — finished in the bottom 11. In Europe, Moscow and Bucharest ranked as the least polite.

Reader's Digest, which has readers in 21 languages, is publishing the results in its July issue.

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Associated Press Writer Verena Dobnik contributed to this report.


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Old 06-21-2006, 01:09 PM   #2
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The only part of NYC I've been to is JFK airport so I can't really judge, but I definitely agree with Zurich and Berlin, #2 and 4. The people there are SO nice!!!
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I went to NYC once, and everybody was really nice. My mom and I spent a day wandering around, and we got really turned around at one point. I asked a guy we were passing on the sidewalk for directions, and he was really kind and got us going in exactly the right way.
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We're all nice and polite here! Our natural cynicism and harsh accents give us a bad rap though. I'm also convinced that people from Long Island are the funniest goddamn people in America. Philly and Bostonians are close.
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Not surprised at Singapore's low ranking on that list.

Not that the people here aren't nice, they just come off as utterly cold sometimes.
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Cool Auckland's up there .
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Us New Yawkers rule !!!!@2!!!~!

I scincerely thank you so very much for reading my post.
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hey! have a nice fucking day!
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Even though a guy threatened to throw me off the upper deck at Yankee Stadium, he did do it in a nice manner.
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I'm surprised Madrid was that high. Everytime we went there I really began to dislike the people more and more.
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Really? I was in Madrid a couple months ago for two weeks and we were stunned by how warm and welcoming the people were--it was an exchange, and we kept worrying about how cold we Americans must have seemed to them!
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I'm also convinced that people from Long Island are the funniest goddamn people in America.

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Really? I was in Madrid a couple months ago for two weeks and we were stunned by how warm and welcoming the people were--it was an exchange, and we kept worrying about how cold we Americans must have seemed to them!
I lived there for 8 months so I can't give an opinion from a tourists point of view, I suppose. Spanish people are just so much different from Irish people and I never got used to that.

The last time we were in Madrid a woman had a fight with me in the street and started cursing at me in Spanish because she had walked into me and was complaining that I wasn't using my eyes. I don't know why that made me so angry, I just needed to go home by that point. It was a much more friendly city than the one we lived in, I don't think they had ever seen foreign people before.
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I lived there for 8 months so I can't give an opinion from a tourists point of view, I suppose. Spanish people are just so much different from Irish people and I never got used to that.

The last time we were in Madrid a woman had a fight with me in the street and started cursing at me in Spanish because she had walked into me and was complaining that I wasn't using my eyes. I don't know why that made me so angry, I just needed to go home by that point. It was a much more friendly city than the one we lived in, I don't think they had ever seen foreign people before.
sorry that happened...

Sometimes I think that for the tourist is hard to understand how direct the people from spain and south america are. I've never been in spain, but many people has told me that they are quiet frank and they like to express what they feel just how they feel it, and things aren't very different here . Besides the courses in spanish have that strong sound that comes with the energy of the word itself...
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Here in Eastern Canada, people are notoriously polite and good-mannered. We're always welcoming tourists and new people from away into our homes (homes that in many areas are never locked...same with cars). There's a kind of social fabric here that's the product of having to rely on each other for support during the tough times. It's a charming thing to live in a such a respectful environment; it's like a holdover from the past--a time when everyone was friendlier.

As a human, however, I still reserve the right to be an asshole at least once a week.
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