Tuesday, April 29, 2008


As the following article reveals, a recent survey says that British people are getting ruder. I've read through some of the points raised by the readers and it serves up some interesting views.

Personally, I think that as a country...and I'm keeping it to England because I may just be a little biased when it comes to the other parts of Great Britain...we're fairly polite. It's what we're "famed" for really. However, I think that London is seriously letting the side down. I come across rude and aggressive people all the time when out and about in town. I was taught to give your seat to someone more in need, let others through a door first, say please and thank you, help someone if they asked you. Sadly, this isn't the case for everyone. Even today I stood aside for a "woman" that was pushing a pushchair and she didn't even acknowledge my presence, let alone say thanks. And she gets the same reaction as anyone I come across that does the same...a loud "Hey, that's NO problem". Mostly they realise what's happening and apologise. But you get a few, like this heifer today, that totally misses the point. It's like they think it's their god given right to have people get out of their way. Well lady, fuck you. Manners cost nothing & you have to earn respect. Take a course on how to not be a pikey.

Read the article & views here.

Part of the same survey revealed that spitting was the worst behavioural trait. Having taken a look at what else is on there, I'm inclined to agree. I utterly loathe people that spit. I've had a few fallings out with people I know when they've done it in front of me. But, they've always conceded the point that it is disgusting and no longer do it when I'm around.

There's something else that I find incredibly rude, and equally disgusting. And I happen to have the unfortunate privilege of working with someone that does this...and that's picking your nose and eating....yes, EATING...the freshly removed contents. For the purposes of blogging I shall call this person Wee Man. Wee Man has been doing this picking and eating thing a lot recently and yesterday he picked the scab on his forearm and ate that too. No longer able to contain myself I had to say something. I chose my words carefully, he IS my "boss" after all, and said that I thought it was a filthy habit and one that I didn't appreciate him doing in front of me. He admitted that it was, even stating that his girlfriend had told him that it was gross and said that he'd "work on it".

I'll leave that actual opinion of him out....just in case.

Have you been to London or the UK? What do you think of people living here? Any particular experiences with rudeness?


PG said...

I hear you on politeness. I come from a place where people thank you if you hold the door open for them. It's not a given in my current city, neither is a thank you. I have yelled "you're welcome" before. Spitting - I take after my grandmother who would give someone shit if they spit on the street near her.

My experience with Londoners has ranged. But, for the most part, people living in a big, busy city can't take the time to consider everyone around them. It gets too overwhelming. So you dehumanize the people around you to get through your day. Yet, after a couple of pints and walking around central London, being there is great.

Beth said...

When in the UK (many years ago) my only fear was of being "mothered" (not smothered) to death by older ladies running the B&B's. Friends who have visited more recently have only good things to say. Perhaps the tourist experience is different?
(Your boss sounds like a real charmer.)

Princess Pointful said...

He ATE his scabs?
Ew. I can't even get past that.