Most impolite city in the world
June 20, 2006
Would u hold an open door for someone behind you? Would u help someone whose papers dropped in a street? Would u say thanks whenever people buy what u’re selling?
If u answered “Yes” to the three questions then u are so damn polite. Politeness is something hard to find anymore, esp here in Jakarta, indonesia.
I once went to a shopping mall and found out that most people here don’t even bother hold an open door for me. i stood barely 5-6 foot from the door, but people just don’t bother holding it for me .. grrr.. this is really different from what my experienced when i lived in Melbourne, Australia.
People there really polite (well in my opinion at least as an Indonesian). They would hold the door for you even when they got their hand full. They always says “excuse me” whenever they pass someone who walks much slower then them.
Reader’s Digest surveyed 35 major cities in the world for these kind of politeness. Guess where Jakarta stands? number 1? LOL..u’re so wrong my friend. New York got that position with 80% people there passed these three tests.
Jakarta surprisingly ranks 28-29 with 43% people surveyed passed the test. I call that a surprising result bcause our neighbouring country (Malaysia n Singapore) which is a much advanced city (technology n cultural wise) ranks lower than Jakarta. Singapore ranks 30-31 with 42% pass rate, and Kuala Lumpur stands at rank 33 with only 37% pass rate. And the “most impolite city in the world” goes to Mumbai, India with ony 32% pass rate.
Wow…Jakarta over Singapore n KL. that’s not happening everyday huh?
For Reader’s Digest complete ranking go here.