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NYC’s five biggest asshole moves, illustrated

We highlight the five biggest asshole moves in New York City, guaranteed to make you look, well, like a total asshole

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NYC is full of many, many wondrous things—and we have bragging rights over, like, any other city. But while we fully admit we’re the best city in the world, we’re also home to a lot of assholes. Want to avoid looking like one? Do not do any of the asshole moves below. Instead, may we suggest, helping out. There are non-profits for helping the homeless and NYC organizations are always looking for a new animal shelter volunteer.

How to be an asshole in New York City

1
Talk on your phone while ordering coffee

Talk on your phone while ordering coffee

2
Walk three-across on the sidewalk, slowly

Walk three-across on the sidewalk, slowly

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3
Instagram your brunch

Instagram your brunch

4
Keep your spot leaning on the pole when people are trying to exit and enter a packed train

Keep your spot leaning on the pole when people are trying to exit and enter a packed train

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5
Upstream a taxi hailer

Upstream a taxi hailer

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Comments

3 comments
Steve W

Although I don't do it myself, I'll give a pass to #3, since there are multiple reasons these photos are helpful / fun for others, and quite frankly, don't affect anyone else. However, #2 and #4 are almost fun to have happen when you're in a shitty mood, so that you can walk (crash) right through them without feeling guilty about it.

Mary F

The worst asshole move I ever saw was my running to hold a door for an elderly man on a walker heading into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cafe.  A gaggle of twenty-somethings swept past him and through the door first as I held it for him.  Several swept through, not a single one putting his hand to the door while I held it.  I said, "I'm not your doorman."  Between passing a crippled man and the sense of entitlement, I was apoplectic.

Scott S

Nice. But I think you could easily expand this list to 10. I'd add "not making even a tiny effort to keep a door from closing for someone who is Right Behind you" also "not moving aside on the subway platform to let passengers exit a train".