Philadelphia is know for being a city of laid back, easy going people… yeah, right! We’ve got a bit of a reputation for being brutally honest and a little short tempered. It’s pretty easy to stay on our good side, though, as long as you don’t commit these 11 deadly sins that will certainly annoy Philadelphians.
1. Open your door into a bike lane, without looking.
We do our best to bike around the city, because SEPTA takes twice as long. Please don't park in our bike lanes, and please don't open your door without looking for us!
2. Cross the street without looking for cars.
We all jaywalk, and that's fine. Just don't jump in front of my car, or try to run across the street after the light has changed.
3. Serve us SuperPretzels
What are these abominations? If you're unable to get real Philly pretzels, just skip them entirely.
4. Order a "sub"
First of all, it's a hoagie. Second of all, it better be from a local deli and not some national chain!
5. Be a Giants fan.
It is going to be a little easier now that we finally have a Super Bowl ring, but it was hard seeing Eli Manning come home with two of them! If you're a Giants fan, just don't bring it up.
6. Or a Mets fan.
Why would anyone do this to themselves?!
7. Order Pizza from a chain.
Why do some people insist on ordering from chains when we have some of the best pizza in the country around the corner?
8. Save your parking spot in the snow.
We all know how frustrating it is to come out in the morning and see your car covered in snow, and to put all the work in to clear it off... only to find it taken at the end of the day. But city streets are public, and we've got to share.
9. But also, you can't steal someone's saved spot.
However... as much as it stinks to have to drive around looking for a spot, you can't move a guy's trashcan. In certain neighborhoods, that will end poorly for your car.
10. Jump on the bandwagon.
Remember in 1996, 2001, 2005 and pretty much every year other than 2009-2009, when the Vet or Citizens Bank Park was empty during Phillies games? Yeah, you probably don't. So don't claim to be a huge Phillies fan if you didn't suffer with us the whole way.
11. Not following the Cheesesteak rules.
There are a lot of these, so bear with us. You don't have to sound like a goofball and order "wit" and "whiz" if it doesn't feel comfortable to you. You can say "with onions and whiz", or "with onions and provolone". Just don't ever say "with onions and swiss", okay? Stick to our usual cheeses. Be sure to get extra cheese, and don't take an hour to order. Make up your mind by the time you get to the ordering window, because a hungry Philadelphian is an angry Philadelphian.
What’s your biggest Philadelphia pet peeve? Is it waiting in line, or sitting in traffic? Tell us in the comments!
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