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Why are people in Cincinnati so #$%^ing rude?

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This is the one and only thing that I absolutely hate about the inner city, and you know... in Columbus I rarely have this problem. Just in every day situations. Going through the drive thru at a McDonalds in Walnut Hills, I hand her my debit card, she's like "we don't take debit cards" I'm like "Oh...I don't have any cash on me". Immediately she says "bye" in a condescending tone and slams the window shut. There's two problems here: 1, there's no sign warning me in advance that their C.C. system is down, and 2, she didn't apologise for the inconvenience.

 

A few times a day I eat at Center Court here on campus and there's this dude that works there that goes #$%^ing crazy on everyone whenever they reach for food to put on their plate with the risk of spilling a little bit. He works behind the counter. He yelled at me from like all the way back by the kitchen because my plate wasn't right up against the container when I poured it. I snapped and said "Is there a #$%^ing problem?" He's like "Do I know you?" I said "No you don't--exactly". Then he just started collecting trash or something.

 

I have never seen anything like this. It wouldn't be so bad if I actually did something wrong but when you're paid to work there and some damn spot of spaghetti sauce dripped onto the platform its your duty as a worker to clean it up. If there were towels or something next to me, yeah, I would make it my responsibility to clean it, but it's not even my responsibility and I didn't spill anything to begin with. He's yelling at people over something that's just opportunistic. He's like the #$%^ing soup nazi (If you've ever seen Seinfeld).

 

I guess the reason why it bothers me so much is because I had a customer service job for the last two years and I know how important it is to appease the customers. You're there to work, no matter what it is. When kids vomited or spilled cereal on the floors, I didn't yell at their parents, I just cleaned it up without complaining because I'm there until about 10:30pm regardless. If a customer was inconvenienced by one of our policies then I apologised to them for the inconvenience.

 

My question to you is: Is it just me or is this a problem in Cincinnati more-so than anywhere else? Maybe it's just me but whenever I go to Columbus or even out of state everyone is generally a lot nicer/more respectful than around here.

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Yeah, you'll get that kind of thing anywhere.

 

But I will say, the Walnut Hills McDonald's is just awful.  It's right near where I live, but I avoid it, because I've got this thing about wanting to get what I actually order and pay for.  Today they missed a hash brown and the straw.  They're always forgetting cheese.  It takes forever to get through the drive-through, and they're pretty perpetually rude.

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Dude I don't get it. That shit should not be tolerated AT ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLlllllllldgsadgasgagagaasdladfaladfa. If you're rude, you're fired. Period. If I was manager there, I'd be saying that more times than Donald Trump.

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Nah, Columbus has their share of a**holes.

 

What the fuck are you trying to say?!?!?!?!??!


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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"I had a customer service job for the last two years and I know how important it is to appease the customers. You're there to work, no matter what it is."

 

Whenever you hear people talk of a "Midwestern work ethic" - the words I bolded in your quote explain it perfectly. While you might not understand it now, believe me when I say that that very work ethic is a commodity; don't ever let anyone take advantage of it - but whatever you do - don't lose it.

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Back off, Miami.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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bra or bruh?


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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I worked retail and waited tables in Boston.  Nothing compares to that city, the 77 year-old owner's motto was "give 'em hell!".  He refused to take returns and if someone came in wanting to return something, he'd yell them out of the store.  If someone called up and had a situation, he'd have me or one of the other guys be "the manager" and if we didn't yell at them he'd yell at us.  He'd also pretty much refuse to sell people expensive items because he was so afraid they'd try to return them so he made us explain that we didn't accept returns which obviously lost him a lot of business. 

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Based on the examples of rudeness that David cited, it's not fair to say that people in Cincinnati are rude.  Maybe some of the people working shitty minimum-wage service jobs are, but not everyone, or even most people, by any stretch.

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Those are the only examples I gave because I didn't feel like writing an essay. Okay, I guess i'm pretty much alone in thinking people here are exceptionally rude.

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Do you blame them, though?


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Based on the examples of rudeness that David cited, it's not fair to say that people in Cincinnati are rude.  Maybe some of the people working shitty minimum-wage service jobs are, but not everyone, or even most people, by any stretch.

 

For real ... I hate it when people generalize. It's a pet peeve of mine. ;)

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I have noticed that people do not stop for peds in crosswalks in Cincy.  They damn near run you over.  Also, when jogging or walking, many people don't say hello or even acknowledge you. They keep their head down or look away.  Rude.

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Drivers who endanger pedestrians are not an exclusively Cincinnati phenomenon.

 

Right-turn-on-red creates a potentially dangerous situation for pedestrians because drivers sitting at a light and waiting to make a right turn will often look only to the left for approaching traffic, and not to the right for pedestrians in the crosswalk. One morning walking to work, I had to throw myself on the hood of a car to avoid being run down by an inattentive driver. She looked pretty freaked out, so I enhanced her experience by screaming obscenities at her. I hope it was as much a learning experience for her as it was for me.

 

Another time, I was crossing the street at lunchtime when a woman making a turn cut me off in the crosswalk. I was carrying a cup of vile vending-machine coffee and had little to lose, so as I yelled at her, I threw the cup. The coffee splattered across the rear window of her car as she sped away.

 

She pulled into the parking lot at the post office nearby and in the time it took her to gather her stuff, check her hair in the mirror, etc., I walked over and stood by the door to the P.O.. She started to get out of her car, saw me, got back in and locked the doors. I stood, and she sat, until she left. I figure she was on a lunchtime errand and had to get back to work. So did I, but my work was just across the street.

 

Had I seen her pick up a cell phone, I would have made myself scarce in an instant.

 

I'm not really mean. I have benevolent intentions to educate drivers for their own good.

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Hey folks. There's a real simple solution to all of this. If you encounter a rude employee, talk to the manager. If you don't get satisfaction or the bad service persists, don't give that business your money anymore. And, while you're at it, spread the word about the bad business. Exercise the power you do have.

 

And I don't understand why people keep going back to businesses that treat them like shit. Are you that down on yourself that you need to patronize bad businesses in order to have your insecurities verified?!?! Employees act like assholes for one reason -- because they can. Don't let them.


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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Dude I don't get it. That shit should not be tolerated AT ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLlllllllldgsadgasgagagaasdladfaladfa. If you're rude, you're fired. Period. If I was manager there, I'd be saying that more times than Donald Trump.

 

Wow I was really angry and caught up in the moment when I made this thread and I just noticed that this random text is like a representation of the cognitive distortion that was going on in my head at the time. Interesting.

 

I still love Cincinnati :]

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Moving here from California, which really does have that "have a nice day" pleasantness to it (as long as you are outside of the San Francisco area, which has some of the rudest people ever), coming to Ohio was a bit of shock as it wasnt so much rudeness as just glumness, grouchyness, or the "I dont give a shit" attitude that I encountered in the Dayton area with the local help.  I am probably used to it by now, though.

 

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Moving here from California, which really does have that "have a nice day" pleasantness to it (as long as you are outside of the San Francisco area, which has some of the rudest people ever), coming to Ohio was a bit of shock as it wasnt so much rudeness as just glumness, grouchyness, or the "I dont give a shit" attitude that I encountered in the Dayton area with the local help.  I am probably used to it by now, though.

 

 

It's the California weather.  San Fran is rude because their weather blows.  Well, The City's atleast.  Oakland is much nicer weather.


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I can vouch for the fact that San Franciscans are among the rudest people to inhabit earth.  It is such a pleasure to go back to Ohio and have people smile, show interest and act human.  Of course, there are exceptions.  Quite a few of my friends have left the area (SF) in the last few years because of the "me, me, me and f**ck you" attitude which prevails.  It just makes me try harder not to be such a jerk.  Makes you wonder what the makes someone so miserable and how his/her home life must be. In Cincinnati I've never had anthing but good service.  Guess I was hanging out in the wrong area!  And Colday is right, Oakland folks are much nicer.  Maybe it is the weather.

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On that score, people should be committing suicide in the streets of Cleveland by the end of February! Since they are not, I therefore conclude that Cleveland is home to some of the most optimistic, durable people on the face of the earth (maybe Buffalo citizens got us beat).


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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On that score, people should be committing suicide in the streets of Cleveland by the end of February! ...

I thought that was why they put that gawd-awful high fence atop the sides of the Detroit-Superior Bridge! :-D

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On that score, people should be committing suicide in the streets of Cleveland by the end of February!

 

Then my dream would come true.

 

...I therefore conclude that Cleveland is home to some of the most optimistic, durable people on the face of the earth (maybe Buffalo citizens got us beat).

 

Or perhaps just delusional.  Take a pick.


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On that score, people should be committing suicide in the streets of Cleveland by the end of February!

 

Then my dream would come true.

 

Bravo, ColDayMan, bravo!

 

Yeah, all generalizations are bad.

 

Hey, I got the joke. Good show.

 

My 2-cents is this:

 

1) Don't eat at chain fast food joints.

2) If you must, and you do get shitty service, do a little research and find out who owns the franchise, and complain to him/her/them.

 

Complaining to the manager is a complete waste of time; somebody at the restaurant is setting the tone that makes it acceptable to be rude to the customers, and it's probably the manager. Good managers are hard to find, and from what I can deduce from my years living there, inner-city businesses have a hard time recruiting and retaining good managers.

 

But behind every chain store in the 'hood is an investor or several who saw an opportunity to make money. Let the owner know the joint is going down due to bad management, and things'll change.

 

Or they won't.

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Screw you all... every last damn one of you!

 

Preparing for SF eh?

 

Gotta make sure I make an impression.  I need to maintain that Cincinnati attitude!

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I have noticed that people do not stop for peds in crosswalks in Cincy.  They damn near run you over.  Also, when jogging or walking, many people don't say hello or even acknowledge you. They keep their head down or look away.  Rude.

 

how about the folks who just slowly walk across the street and never look out for cars?  I've seen this a lot in the ghettos of Memphis and a little bit in Cleveland.

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^As long as they're in the crosswalk, it's entirely there prerogative.

 

Vive le peds!

 

nope. they are nowhere near the crosswalk.  and, my kid could crawl across the street faster than some of these pedestrians.

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On that score, people should be committing suicide in the streets of Cleveland by the end of February!

 

Then my dream would come true.

 

Bravo, ColDayMan, bravo!

 

Yeah, all generalizations are bad.

 

Hey, I got the joke. Good show.

 

My 2-cents is this:

 

1) Don't eat at chain fast food joints.

2) If you must, and you do get shitty service, do a little research and find out who owns the franchise, and complain to him/her/them.

 

Complaining to the manager is a complete waste of time; somebody at the restaurant is setting the tone that makes it acceptable to be rude to the customers, and it's probably the manager. Good managers are hard to find, and from what I can deduce from my years living there, inner-city businesses have a hard time recruiting and retaining good managers.

 

But behind every chain store in the 'hood is an investor or several who saw an opportunity to make money. Let the owner know the joint is going down due to bad management, and things'll change.

 

Or they won't.

I didn't have time. I had to be at a class. But when people were blasting a stereo and selling cds inside the KFC in Northside I called the number on the receipt and let them know. I also told them I didn't like waiting 20 minutes for my food. The problem with fast food places is they make too much money. A KFC/Taco Bell like that could easily generate 400k a year just in profit.

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