I’m excessively helpful when I see people lost on the streets of New York City. I like offering directions or suggestions for places to go and things to do. Mostly because I hope that karma works and that I’ll meet similarly friendly people when lost on my travels but also because I like the tax revenue tourists bring in. It is all good. At the same time, however, there are some things which are harder to manage with visitors. Sometimes the requests they make are silly or, in my opinion, bad ideas. I’ll still help them, but I have been known to divert people from their planned walk towards Times Square to stop off inside Grand Central Terminal and look at the ceiling from time to time.
What I’ve never managed to do, however, is be quite this funny about how tourists should behave in NYC and why:
We’re not rude and Times Square isn’t a great place to visit. There’s reasons for that and you should understand them, not just assume we’re all assholes.
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