Statistical Proof That New Yorkers Are A-Holes When Compared With Midwesterners

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New evidence confirms what we've always known: New Yorkers are the worst. It didn't take more than five seconds of being outside in last week's Polar Vortex to realize that going out to get food was not a viable option, so many hungry patrons across the country took to Grubhub.com and Seamless.com (now combined delivery superpower Grubhub Seamless) to get their favorite noshes sent to their door -- but not all frozen delivery men and women were appreciated equally.

We got in touch with the delivery site, and we learned that while tips did increase in New York City, they only went up 5 percent, putting New York dead last in cold-induced generosity on a list of 11 cities affected by the Polar Vortex. In the Midwest*, where the people are as warm as the pizza is deep, tipping increased significantly. In Detroit and Minneapolis, tipping was more than 15 percent higher than average, and in Chicago, it was more than 14 percent higher.

Let's take a look at the rest of the cities hit with last week's cold weather (data courtesy Grubhub Seamless):

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Further data shows this is not an isolated incident. In the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011, tips in Chicago were more than 14 percent higher than average, while during Winter Storm Nemo in 2013, tips in NYC only reached 7 percent higher than normal. And perhaps not surprisingly, our other Northeastern neighbors have an equally despicable track record for gratuities: In Boston, Winter Storm Nemo produced tips 8 percent higher than average (but, uh, hey, New York, Boston is still beating us at tipping).

So let's all take a page out of the Midwest's book, fellow Big Apple dwellers: Next time a natural disaster strikes -- and it will (thanks climate change) -- think about the guy braving the rain, wind, and snow to bring you your spider rolls.

* We will acknowledge here that the Midwest was significantly colder than New York: -42 degree wind chill in Chicago versus -16 degree wind chill in NYC. But still. Come on.



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cncep
cncep

@CGan623 happy to provide more details: caseycep@gmail.com

cncep
cncep

@CGan623 I've been in touch with Seamless Grubhub since 8 January and pitched the piece before that.

peaceability
peaceability

If your tips suck --  you suck. We're not assholes -- we're truthtellers. Midwesterners are full of crap, and that get's confused with politeness.

frannej
frannej

@villagevoice Perhaps this does not apply to the Nashville Scene--that which you own. Still acting like NY asses.

Norman Nonken
Norman Nonken

Nothing "B E T T E R" than New Yorkers and I'm from Texas :~(

Aline Marie
Aline Marie

I am willing to bet that NYers already tip way higher than those other places. So if you tip 5% regularly and 15% during storms - it actually makes you more of an a-hole than if you tip 20% regularly and 25% during a storm.

Chris Øwǝns
Chris Øwǝns

People who tip thru the websites and not cash are a-holes (Midwesterner author included).

Pauline Rai Artwork
Pauline Rai Artwork

wow odd to hear but I havent lived there in 15 yrs. I waitressed and I also bartended at the airport when I was younger and it was NYers that were always the best tippers

Jennifer Convery
Jennifer Convery

So - way to go with your bullshit stereotyping all of us-f*ck off dumb writer jerk who I'm sure is definitely NOT from nyc (sorry - does that make me an asshole new yorker? Then yaaay!)

Lori Caraballo
Lori Caraballo

I don't see any information telling us what the base tip average is for each city or a way to tell if the tips were given in cash.

Tanya Elder
Tanya Elder

I actually don't tip on Seamless or Grubhub since I never know if a restaurant actually give their staff the tips. So I tip in cash if I order from the sites.

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

Inconsideate Prick-ness apparently goes unmedicated here in the NYC area.

LilGrlBigMouth
LilGrlBigMouth

@cncep Got it. Well I guess great minds think alike :) Thanks for the response. And I love the map.

er302007
er302007

@peaceability By that logic, NY delivery people suck more than Midwestern delivery people.

er302007
er302007

@katherinebaker4 @DylanStilin @villagevoice I've lived in both places.  Midwesterners are polite, but not friendly.  They generally prefer to make friends with people they've known (ie trusted) for a long time, and they will dump you immediately if you at any time make them uncomfortable in the slightest way.

New Yorkers are not polite at first meeting, but they are much more open to diversity and new experiences ... you can make a friend with a New Yorker even if he doesn't know you, and then he'll generally stick with you despite your 'down' periods.

cncep
cncep

@CGan623 that's the timelag: the design team making that gorgeous thing. Good news is you got to tip shame America: I only got to shame NYC!

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