I wish I came across this last week when it was posted but better late than never, Newyorkology.com has published a Top 10 Pedestrian Annoyances see my notes below:
1. Cellphone weavers. Something about talking on a cellphone makes most people incapable of walking in a straight line.
2. People who not only don't walk on the right, but seem aggressively not to do so.
3. People who haul those suitcase-on-wheels things behind them.
4. People who wield outsize "golf umbrellas" on city streets.
5. People who refuse to take off their backpacks when they ascend crowded public stairways.
6. People who walk their dogs on extra-long retractable leashes.
7. Aggressive stroller-pushers. In Park Slope, Brooklyn, where years of fertility treatments often yield twins, the extra-wide strollers are a special menace. And what's with the violently aerodynamic design of modern strollers, anyway? And … what's with pushing your four-year-old in a stroller?
8. The shopping mall gait, i.e., the shambling two- , three- , or four-abreast waddle.
9. The iPod wearer who does not hear "excuse me."
10. People who walk with their rolled-up umbrellas parallel, rather than perpendicular, to the ground.
#1 Cellphones seem to have made people dumber. It's like not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time.
#7 THANK YOU GOD!!! Someone gets it! First of all, I don't care what New York Magazine says, I'm not giving you the right of way because you're pushing a stroller. Like where you have to go is any more important than my destination. And seriously, there are too many BIG kids riding in strollers. Are these parents mental or what?
#9 I admit I am an avid iPod user. But I don't listen to it loud enough to not hear what's going on around me. I think when walking around NYC, your senses still need to be in check because you never know what may happen around you. You can't afford to be zoned out listening to Interpol...who I love. But I'm the type of person that doesn't wait for someone to say excuse me, if I see someone approaching and I am in the way, I'll step aside, no harm no fuss, but other folks in this city are too self-centered to even acknowledge the presence of others.
#10 You have NO IDEA how common that is and people just aren't getting hip to it.