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Worst things about tourists in NYC

Tourists. You’ve probably seen one, been angry at one or even been one. While it’s wonderful to share the city we love with people visiting from all over the world, it can be hard to keep that positive mindset when a tourist walks at the speed of a turtle, decides to take an impromptu selfie with something that isn’t even a landmark or shoves their baggage into your personal space on the subway.

Whether they’re from Oshkosh, Wis. or Munich, Germany, tourists can be a lot to handle. We love them, we hate them-- here are a few of our least favorite things about these travelers.

When they stop in the middle of the sidewalk

Why are you looking up? Why have you
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Why are you looking up? Why have you stopped? Are you really taking a selfie here, with no visible landmarks nearby? There is a clear flow of traffic along NYC sidewalks, and stopping in the middle is like throwing a massive boulder into a stream.

Times Square

It's the worst. You've got terrifying Elmo creatures,
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It's the worst. You've got terrifying Elmo creatures, people looking up, nearly naked people and an immense concentration of tourists.

Loud whispering on the subway

People watching is one of the few activities
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People watching is one of the few activities available on the subway, but comments should probably be reserved for later. Everyone can hear you.

Walking slowly

Especially at the start and end of the
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Especially at the start and end of the business day, people walking the streets of New York have places to be. For some reason, tourists think that walking at a leisurely pace on a crowded sidewalk is perfectly normal behavior.

Walking side by side and holding hands

While red rover was a mildly entertaining game
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While red rover was a mildly entertaining game when we were kids, it's safe to say that these days, people prefer to walk unencumbered by linked arms. Tourists are more than likely walking slower already, so hand-holding effectively traps anyone behind them.

Selfie sticks

These could seriously be weapons. They may be
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These could seriously be weapons. They may be convenient for taking a photo, but they're easy to run into.

When they mess up their orders at coffee shops

When you wait in line at a coffee
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When you wait in line at a coffee shop, you expect each person in line to take about the same amount of time to order and pay. But with tourists, you'll see the ones who haven't decided what to get by the time they reach the register, or worse, the ones who cannot understand the barista, who in turn cannot understand them. These people take at least twice as long to get their order placed and move to the side, lengthening your trip just enough to make you late.

Citi Bikes

From going the wrong way down one-way streets
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From going the wrong way down one-way streets to riding helmetless, tourists don't know how to use these bikes properly.

Backpacks on the subway

Tons of people crammed into a small space
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Tons of people crammed into a small space is already not ideal. People who keep their backpacks on their backs take up twice as much space as they should and usually wind up hitting someone in the face with a zipper or two.

I <3 NY paraphernalia

They're immediately identifiable -- no self-respecting New Yorker
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They're immediately identifiable -- no self-respecting New Yorker would wear an I <3 NY hat and shirt with a Big Apple bag.

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