In case you haven’t had the pleasure yet, meet Nicole Prechtl- New York Giants devotee, happy hour enthusiast, VPM Sales Manager, and THE definition of a “New Yorker.” With her street smarts and little-to-no patience, Nicole joins us in her second installment of our newest series, “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me.” Here, she talks to us about her daily irritations as a New Yorker in all too relatable NYC situations. We’ll let her take it from here:
“I was born and raised in New York. While nothing totally shocks me, there are still things that people do that leave me totally amazed, thinking “you’ve got to be kidding me,” at least five times a day.
So, lets talk about selfie sticks. First off, if you don’t know what a “selfie stick” is, then great! Keep it that way. No New Yorker should own one. But I’m positive that if you’ve been to Bryant Park or Grand Central or near the Empire State Building, or any other “tourist” spot in Manhattan, then you’ve seen people using them. It’s a metal rod that you stick your phone/camera on at the end of so that tourists can take pictures of themselves in front of a bush, or some other NYC landmark that they think is cool.
Nothing irritates me more than working in Midtown in the summer, and having to deal with the tourists near Bryant Park using selfie sticks. Every single day, the tourists flock to the park, stop dead in their tracks in the middle of the sidewalk, and whip out the stick. They just fling them up and around, as if no one is standing or walking near them. Never in my life have I ever had to worry about the possibility of suffering from a broken nose or being blinded during my lunch break until this God awful stick was invented. Regardless of the fact that it looks ridiculous, has it ever crossed any of these selfie stickers minds that they’re in New York City— a.k.a the city where people have places to be in a hurry? Forget talking about personal space, how about some common decency space?
As always, feel free to refute this, but I’d put money on assuming you feel the same if you’re really from NYC.”