In a completely unscientific poll, it was determined that D.C. is the third rudest city in the U.S., and we demand a recount.
Here's the 411: Insider and SurveyMonkey teamed up to ask around 2,000 people to pick the top five rudest cities in America from a list of 50 cities. They then published their findings, and that's where we're picking up the story.
The No. 1 spot, garnering 34 percent of the votes, went to New York City, with Los Angeles coming in second and D.C. rounding out the top three. On the flip side, the least rude (nicest?) cities were Raleigh, North Carolina, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While cheese curds are great and all, there are some serious flaws with the survey.
When was the last time you saw a movie about Raleigh? Now think back to the last thing you saw about D.C. Could it have been a news report about politicians talking smack about one another? What about New York—maybe a movie featuring horrible traffic or mobsters double-crossing each other? Unless the respondents have actually visited all of the 50 cities, then all this survey measured was people's beliefs about city stereotypes.
Can people in D.C. be rude? Sure! After all, we have to deal with horrendous traffic, hot and muggy summers with tourists everywhere, and a whole host of other annoyances. Does D.C. deserve the title of third-rudest city in America? Let's see ...
I was @Starbucks in downtown DC this AM. A blind woman was having trouble exiting. An employee not only helped her out the door but assisted her in crossing the busy streets and walked her to her destination. #kindness #PeopleHelpingPeople #Kudos #starbucks pic.twitter.com/1wVCFdOlFC— Tracy in DC ⚜ (@tracynblythe) October 29, 2019
Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today😍 Feeling happy and thankful distributing over 750 blessing bags to the homeless and needy in DC. Kindness is beautiful, let’s spread love and kindness today and every day❤️#GivingToThoseInNeed #TogetherWeCanMakeADifference #BagsOfLove #Kindness pic.twitter.com/kAmUj6dBKQ— NEST4US (@joinnest4) August 8, 2019
One of the top rudest cities in the country? I don't think so.
For more information about the survey, or to see where the other 49 cities fall in the scheme of things, check out the survey results.
What do you think about the survey results—should D.C. really be toward the top of the list of rudest spots in America? Sound off in the comments!