Originally Posted by Master-Classter
Do you think there's a higher occurance becuase they're jewish, or you're just noticing the jewish ones more so it seems like one group in particular instead of a collection of random people? Also, you've got to be a bit more specific about what you mean with the bumping...
Thank you for a serious contribution. I thought about this, that maybe I was selectively remembering particular incidences based on a sort of attributional bias. I don't rule this possibility out, though it does not ring true to my experience. While bumping (and by this I mean making little or no attempt to find a mutually negotiable space and therefore running into my wife; or deciding merely to walk in front of her with little or no awareness so that she must be the one to make every effort to avoid a collision; or blatantly walking into her to get from point a to b) is obviously quite common in NYC, this is a different sort of creature. Not only due to the frequency with which it occurs amongst the identified group, but also the lack of any apologetic or conciliatory attitude that follows. (And I'm limiting this to walking, leaving out the lack of offering of a seat on the bus or subway, which is even more damning in frequency).