This poll was carried out in New York to find the most irritating people. Any agreements, and how many of these could be applied here in Thailand?
Hey, oblivious, slow-walking sidewalk blocker - you've been named Public Enemy No. 1.
About 29 percent of 2,300 respondents to a survey by snarky Brooklyn-based Web site People Who Deserve It agreed that it would be "socially responsible" to "punch you in the face."
"Everybody hates you," seethed the site's Williamsburg Web masters, two ad copywriters.
"You clog our sidewalks and subway platforms. You make us late and irritable. You ruin the morning before the day even starts.
"You're going to get punched in the face. And it's nobody's fault but your own."
Sidewalk blockers top the list of the 10 New York types who deserve a beatdown.
Self-important Bluetooth guy was the second most hated. Twenty-four percent wanted to punch him because he wears his cellphone earpiece - even on planes, in movie theaters, and in bathrooms - prompting people to surmise he's "either crazy or really annoying."
And express-checkout cheater should wear a helmet next time he's in Whole Foods.
He brings three times the 15-item limit to the register, enraging enough fellow shoppers to be No. 3 on the list with 11 percent of the vote.
"If I ran things, any scan over the limit would trigger a trap door under Express Checkout Cheater," one Web site visitor wrote.
The impatient subway boarder - described as "brainless salmon people, desperately trying to swim upstream" - narrowly beat out full-volume headphone guy for fourth place in the poll.
No-umbrella-etiquette lady is also asking for it.
Three percent of those polled said it's time for serious payback for those carrying their monster umbrella in a way that could take an eye out.
"No lifting for oncoming traffic, no lowering for the abnormally tall - just straight up hooking and jabbing," the Web site griped, suggesting violence "rain down" on the women who employ these umbrella tactics.
Tandem sidewalk tourists who walk hand-in-hand during rush hour, and ungrateful homeless guys who look at the change you give them with disdain rounded out the Top 10.
No-Umbrella Etiquette. Especially in Asia where it seems the average height becomes even more of an issue. Compound that with the fact that these fukwits also feel the need to walk under the various overhangs which might help shield the unequipped from a good soaking.
Muppets, the lot of 'em.
We must take our actions to their logical conclusion...if the conclusion of any action means the end of the species...then that action must be viewed as antithetical to nature...and anyone performing that action must be considered insane...
new yorkers got NOTHIN' on the Thai version of the slow walking sidewalk guy.
ive been behind more than a few thais who will stop right in the middle of a doorway, like in a tesco. just walking and stop right when they are in the door. now thats special.
really though...all of these things are magnified here by 5x.
Woe betide you if you're the express checkout cheater and you're in front of me while I'm standing there holding half a cucumber and a small bunch of under-ripe bananas.
Not a big fan of self-important bluetooth guy either. I see those Thai father types walking around the supermarket -with a couple of raggy-arsed kids in tow - and they've got this flashing, bleeping contraption hooked around their ear. Who are they expecting a call from on a Sunday morning? I can't believe for a moment that anyone considers themselves that important. And look closely and they're wearing the cheapest, most horrible clothing. I feel like tapping them on the shoulder and suggesting they cut down on the James Bond shit and put some decent fuckin' clothes on their back.
Every single one of these complaints can be found in BKK. I'm sure the Thais cannot stand big back pack guy and tandem sidewalk tourists.
Worthy of a donkey punch to the face are the slow walkers, impatient subway boarders and Blue Toothed jack asses.
Perhaps substituting full-volume headphone guy could be the "HAAALLLOOO" at full volume whilst on a perfectly quiet BTS train guy.
WTF is umbrella etiquette?
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What about "I drive on the sidewalk in a school zone so my spoiled ass brat of a kid doesn't have to walk three extra feet guy?" A simple punch in the face would not suffice for that fucktard, nah, I'm thinkingabout a tire iron to the ankle.
Brolly etiquette is by and large non-existent in Bangkok because it relies heavily on the concept of awareness - being aware of those fellow pedestrians wanting to pass you from behind and those passing you in the opposite direction. I've always found Thais to be sadly lacking in the 'pedestrian awareness' department.
I call it "Alone in the Universe Syndrome".
Other meaningless signs in the LOS:
No Passing Zone
Start Queue Here
Clean Food Good Taste
*Unless it involved anything with yellow in it.
I would go for number one with a sub-species - the mobile phone user.
I hate shopping malls at the best of times, but this species really does make the whole experience unbearable and can lead to homicidal tendencies.
Usually women, they have the phone clamped to their ear and are on a different planet. They weave back and forth as you're trying to get past them. The ones that really get me going are the ones who are walking straight at you - and just don't see you. At first, I tried to counter by standing stock still and let them crash into me hoping that they would come out of that trance like state.
It doesn't work. They react as if a light breeze had blown across their brow and plough ever onwards.
I think that the Bluetooth guy also gets me. After all, are they so bloody important that they have to walk around with a piece of hardware stuck in their ear. They remind me of the Borg.
Anyone that isn't paying attention deserves the hard shoulder to the chest they get. Apologies afterwards saves face and you feel better in the end.
A man stops in New Jersey as he's a bit lost. "Excuse me sir," he says to the nearest pedestrian, "Could you please direct me to the New Jersey turnpike leading to New York or should I just go fuck myself?"
Leave it to New Yorkers to look for the easiest way to get pissy about something trivial. That being said, I still like this thread!
more time for wastin'
The lack of etiquette and social awareness is much more pronounced in Bangkok than it is in New York. One of the major differences is that if you are acting like a fucking idiot in New York, then believe me several people are going to let you know about it. Not the case here in Thailand. Unless there is some incredibly irritated foreigner screaming at Boonjoy to stop blocking the fucking sidewalk, she is going to continue to walk slowly and aimlessly for the rest of her days.