Originally Posted by vta
I don't think New Yorkers are much different than the average person who when put in the same sort of situation would basically act the same. Force people to crowd together and they become anti-social almost in self defense of having to interact with someone they think might either victimize them or ask them for something.
New Yorkers are generally indifferent, - almost to an appalling degree, - more so than criminal. I've watched crowds step over a person on the stairs of Penn Station after she'd wiped out. I'm sure after the first wave the rest may have just taken her for homeless, but it was pretty interesting to watch. (She managed to get up before I got there.) Nobody asked if she was ok or offered her a hand.
Of course opportunists use the sheer human numbers and anonymity of everything to their best advantage. I'd imagine being an NY Police Officer is one of the hardest jobs in the nation.
You are probably correct here VTA. I probably should not have generalized so much. Its just me reflecting back on my experience in the city and just watching people while visiting. Odd habit of mine is just sitting down in a large public venue and just checking out people coming and going and the interaction between everyone.
Most likely correct about the NYC police officer job. That has to be intense.
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