Ugh, tourists — you know the kind. He’s the dad with the fanny pack telling his large family of six to form a human blockade around the attraction in the middle of a busy street. She’s the oblivious woman who stops at the top of the metro escalators to read her map. They’re the group of hammered drunk dudes yelling profanities about “Amuricuhhh” at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Yes, tourists are an annoying bunch. And while not all tourists are completely incorrigible, the majority will piss off locals in some ridiculous ways. Like, we get it. You’re on vacay and you saved up for five whole months so you could walk around Times Square and take pictures of the skyscrapers, but do you really have to block my path on the sidewalk while you and your crew look around hopelessly for the Applebee’s?
Some tourists can’t be bothered to assimilate to a city’s vibrant culture. And worse, they won’t read up on social norms, customs, or even how to travel using a city’s designated transportation network. Could everyone just repeat after me — wait for people to get OFF the train before you try to board.