New York is the most what?!
Reader’s Digest did a global survey for the most polite cities and The Big Apple came out on top. Uncommon Courtesy | RD.com
The routine in New York was similar to the one followed elsewhere: Two reporters — one woman and one man — fanned out across the city, homing in on neighborhoods where street life and retail shops thrive. They performed three experiments: “door tests” (would anyone hold one open for them?); “document drops” (who would help them retrieve a pile of “accidentally” dropped papers?); and “service tests” (which salesclerks would thank them for a purchase?). For consistency, the New York tests were conducted at Starbucks coffee shops, by now almost as common in the Big Apple as streetlights. In all, 60 tests (20 of each type) were done.
Along the way, the reporters encountered all types: men and women of different races, ages, professions, and income levels. They met an aspiring actress, a high school student, a hedge-fund analyst and two New York City police officers. And guess what? In the end, four out of every five people they encountered passed RD’s courtesy test — making New York the most courteous city in the world. Imagine that.
Then again in the words of Homer Simpson, “Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.”