Why are Uticans so antisocial?

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Mary Mary quite contrary

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2013
We don't Texans. Go 'F' yourself cowboy!

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Little Bird

Watervliet, NY

#4 Nov 14, 2013
Its an Italian thing.
The Comets Rule

Schenectady, NY

#5 Nov 14, 2013
tex wrote:
Seriously, does anybody have friends in that city? I just spent a month in Utica and I couldn't believe how mean everybody was. It was like everybody hated each other. What a miserable place.
If you lived there would you be happy and social?
Buzzer

Utica, NY

#7 Nov 14, 2013
It's funny... the region keeps telling people that moved here that "oh we're so friendly! That's one of our best assets!"

OH UTICA... so silly and naive.*ruffles hair*

No, try shaking hands with a stranger in Frankfort, NY Mills, or Schuyler.

AND the funny thing is, the friendliest people I've met here aren't from the region. They were displaced from Texas and moved here because of EADS.
Brave New World

Utica, NY

#8 Nov 14, 2013
Because they are all huge fans of NYCs best heavy metal band Anthrax?

Could be?
Dont

United States

#9 Nov 14, 2013
New York wrote:
It is not just a Utica thing.
It's kind of a subliminal shame thing they resent people looking into their fishbowl.
Brave New World

Utica, NY

#10 Nov 15, 2013
Not Man!
larrybird

United States

#14 Nov 15, 2013
The Mighty Anthrax! think people around here for whatever reason arent trusting at first. when the trust is there we act different. old school mentality for better or worse.
Yup

Watertown, NY

#15 Nov 15, 2013
I moved to Utica from Ohio in 1999 and I have to agree. The first week I was here a big black girl wanted to fight me because I smiled at her when we passed on the street. She couldn't understand the concept of friendliness. Then her boyfriend told me she was just being jealous because I was skinny and thst pissed her off even more.

A few years ago I moved about 25 miles from the city and people are a little less defensive but I still find the general attitude to be cold and angry.
Brave New World

Utica, NY

#16 Nov 15, 2013
Gotta go with he devil that you know i guess.
Buzzer

Utica, NY

#17 Nov 16, 2013
tex wrote:
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No, I suppose I wouldn't. Downtown Utica looked like an abandoned movie set for Saving Private Ryan. And the surrounding suburbs were pretty boring also. But the angry and miserable people were the biggest turn off. Whenever I tried to make friendly small talk with people, they just looked at me like I was crazy. A lot of people even gave me stink eye when I smiled and said hello to them. I have encountered mean and cold people in various places, but Uticans were by far the meanest and coldest.
Let me reply in the typical Utica fashion:

"If you hate it here so much, why don't you just LEAVE? Oh wait, you're leaving? Why??? Come back! There's so much to love!!"

"You think WE'RE not friendly enough? What about this... Maybe YOU weren't friendly enough. You need to volunteer and give away money and let drug dealers live in your house for free because you're obviously not friendly! YOU'RE THE PROBLEM, NOT US."

"The rest of the world is JUST AS unfriendly, so don't bother traveling and looking around."

"What? We're plenty friendly! I don't know what you're talking about.*punches you in the face*"

"Think positive, and people will act friendlier."

"I've never subscribed to 'Happiness Magazine' nor has any of my Utica friends. You're judging us with arbitrarily by looking at other cities. Why don't you have a bowl of Chicken Riggies and THEN tell us that we're not friendly? Huh? HUH?*attempts to strap blinders to your head*"
angry charlie

Utica, NY

#18 Nov 16, 2013
Utica hates you and wishes you would choke on your own vomit.
Anon Ymous

Utica, NY

#19 Nov 16, 2013
Does anybody ever watch the Bank of Utica commercials and think, "I wish I had some of whatever they're smoking"? Those commercials are realllllly stretching it.
Pretty much this

United States

#20 Nov 16, 2013
Buzzer wrote:
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Let me reply in the typical Utica fashion:
"If you hate it here so much, why don't you just LEAVE? Oh wait, you're leaving? Why??? Come back! There's so much to love!!"
"You think WE'RE not friendly enough? What about this... Maybe YOU weren't friendly enough. You need to volunteer and give away money and let drug dealers live in your house for free because you're obviously not friendly! YOU'RE THE PROBLEM, NOT US."
"The rest of the world is JUST AS unfriendly, so don't bother traveling and looking around."
"What? We're plenty friendly! I don't know what you're talking about.*punches you in the face*"
"Think positive, and people will act friendlier."
"I've never subscribed to 'Happiness Magazine' nor has any of my Utica friends. You're judging us with arbitrarily by looking at other cities. Why don't you have a bowl of Chicken Riggies and THEN tell us that we're not friendly? Huh? HUH?*attempts to strap blinders to your head*"
Nailed it!
Ed Hanna

Utica, NY

#21 Nov 17, 2013
It's a Utica thing. Arrogance? Paranoia? Lack of social skills? Uticans want YOU to say hello to them first. Welcome to "The Handshake City!"
Utica Garbage

Tolleson, AZ

#22 Nov 19, 2013
Buzzer wrote:
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Let me reply in the typical Utica fashion:
"If you hate it here so much, why don't you just LEAVE? Oh wait, you're leaving? Why??? Come back! There's so much to love!!"
"You think WE'RE not friendly enough? What about this... Maybe YOU weren't friendly enough. You need to volunteer and give away money and let drug dealers live in your house for free because you're obviously not friendly! YOU'RE THE PROBLEM, NOT US."
"The rest of the world is JUST AS unfriendly, so don't bother traveling and looking around."
"What? We're plenty friendly! I don't know what you're talking about.*punches you in the face*"
"Think positive, and people will act friendlier."
"I've never subscribed to 'Happiness Magazine' nor has any of my Utica friends. You're judging us with arbitrarily by looking at other cities. Why don't you have a bowl of Chicken Riggies and THEN tell us that we're not friendly? Huh? HUH?*attempts to strap blinders to your head*"
100% true.
Wgt2

Charleston, SC

#23 Nov 19, 2013
Utica Garbage wrote:
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100% true.
Could it be the crappie gloomy no sunshine weather?????
Utica Garbage

Tolleson, AZ

#24 Nov 19, 2013
Wgt2 wrote:
<quoted text>Could it be the crappie gloomy no sunshine weather?????
I would say no. That's a cop out.
hmmpf

Montréal, Canada

#25 Nov 19, 2013
tex wrote:
Seriously, does anybody have friends in that city? I just spent a month in Utica and I couldn't believe how mean everybody was. It was like everybody hated each other. What a miserable place.
It used to be a friendly, productive, beautiful town with a future ---and then Rufus Elephante, mob boss, imported a ton of very low life, corrupt italians that were/are good for absolutely nothing except theft, fraud, crime, adultery,murder, nepotism etc. They bred and cheated there way through the decades until all the respectable white people left in disgust. The last fine moment in this town was probably at the turn of the century when we were still free and clear of the mafioso and black hand influence of a bunch of low brow, low achieving italians.
Buzzer

Broad Brook, CT

#26 Nov 19, 2013
Utica Garbage wrote:
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I would say no. That's a cop out.
I've seen gloomy weather with friendly people. Minnesota is one example... the "Minnesota nice" is a breath of fresh air compared to Utica, but they have weather that is just as gloomy.

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