I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners into Impolite Society: One Woman's…

Paperback | November 23, 2009

byAmy Alkon

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"This crazy redhead is on to something. Her pink Rambler story alone is worth the price of the book." -- Elmore Leonard

"Amy Alkon is intellectually promiscuous--and funny as hell." -- Paleopsychologist Howard Bloom, author of The Lucifer Principle

We all just suck it up every day. You leave the house for a latte and somebody'll flip you the bird on your way and force their loud cellphone conversation on you once you're there.

It doesn't have to be that way, says award-winning syndicated columnist Amy Alkon. Her hilarious stories of her in-your-face encounters with rude people and businesses will inspire you to stand up to the boors in your own world.

Alkon not only gives the offenders a taste of their own medicine, she delves into anthropology, psychology, and behavioral science to figure out why we're rude and how we can stop all the intruding, shoving, and shouting. She ensures that all these rude people get their comeuppance:

-Lax parents
-Internet bullies
-Rude drivers
-Negligent businesses
-Telemarketing executives
-Car thieves
-Parking space hogs
-That loud jerk in the drugstore line

In this funny, ferocious and freewheeling expose, Alkon gives you the tools you need to confront these abusers and restore common courtesy, respect and good manners to society...one chastened cellphone shouter at a time.

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"This crazy redhead is on to something. Her pink Rambler story alone is worth the price of the book." -- Elmore Leonard "Amy Alkon is intellectually promiscuous--and funny as hell." -- Paleopsychologist Howard Bloom, author of The Lucifer PrincipleWe all just suck it up every day. You leave the house for a latte and somebody'll flip y...

Amy Alkon writes the award-winning advice column The Advice Goddess. She has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Psychology Today and has appeared on "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," NPR, CNN, MTV, "Politically Incorrect," and "Nightline." She blogs daily at advicegoddess.com, c...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.51 inPublished:November 23, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Testy – Funny – “Way Out there” Hilarious – this book was just plain funny. Amy Alkon tells of rude experiences in public, and how people just seem to forget their manners – even though they are surrounded by other people. That’s true in driving, in restaurants, coffee shops, your bank and police station. Cell phone use, and abuse is one of her focal points in the book. She comes up with some pretty wild, and wonderful ideas on getting people to “get it” regarding NOT yelling their social security number into their cell phone in a small coffee shop. One of the truly amazing points about Amy’s book is that she comes out and just tells it as it is. She has a photo of a guy’s 4x4 with the WOZ license plate (NOT blurred out) – and tells the story of what this goofy person did. I love her solution of take photos of the car and licence plate so that the person knows you are photographing them – it makes them paranoid and change behaviour fast. She also comes out and tells the story about BANK OF AMERICA and how dumb their policies are – and how easy it could be for someone to commit fraud and steal money from your account. She tells the story straight up, without trying to hide the accused. The book feels like a brutally honest documentary film, with a lot of good laughs. This is one of the few books I have really had a good laugh to. People around me must have thought I was weird to be reading, and periodically laughing – but at least that wasn’t rude!
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous - Funny - Punchy - Now be NICE! Amy Alkon recounts of rudeness in public, mean nasty acts by others in driving and theft, perpetuated by bureaucratic policies of police and certain (but not all) big corporations. Most of us are just too timid, whereas Amy has no inhibitions about telling the rude people in her accounts to give it back, be quiet or stop some other socially reprehensible behaviour. This is inspiring. Inspiring because many of Amy’s examples are the rude things people do that are insanely common, like shouting on their cell phone – in public! You will love her hilarious solutions – like writing down the offender’s conversation and blogging it (with the person’s number in case you want to give her a ring). Amy holds no punches back. Refreshingly she names names, tells the reader about her actual story and poor treatment by the LAPD and B of A and even has photos of the Range Rover driver with “THE WOZ” license plate. In a world that is so paranoid of being sued, and publicly offending others, it is great to read that someone is breaking this norm, for the greater good of those who should not be subjected to loud details of a stranger’s podiatrist appointment. Wonderfully entertaining, with and good message of – don’t just stand there – do something about the rudeness! I just could not put this one down. A great subtle-message-gift for that person in your midst who just does not “get it” on polite social norms.
Date published: 2011-01-01