Obviously those that engage in criminal and illicit activities are a no brainer and have been left off the list. However, I am sure there will still be a knucklehead or two that will comment on a social media post things like “drug dealers” or “thugs.” Understandable but this list is more of the everyday types. The Philadelphians whether domestic or transplants that we encounter on a daily basis, whether it be at work, school or in the neighborhood. Avoid these types at all cost because in short they will stump your personal and social growth as well as lead you to terrible eateries, clubs and other spots you may also want to avoid. So do yourself a favor and check out our 6 types of Philadelphians you should avoid.
The “I can’t wait to move out of this city” person
Let’s get this one out of the way first. Bottom line is unless you’re truly dedicated to chase a dream in another city, if you’re not doing shit here then you’ll end up not doing shit wherever you move. If your reason is to get away from “problems” here, well guess what you’ll most likely have the same problems somewhere else. Philly is a great city that still hasn’t reached its potential. Still affordable, awesome restaurant scene, walkable and centrally located on the East Coast. Sure the school system and political system needs the Chip Kelly treatment and clean house but as for social life and career options there are a ton of worst places I can think of. So shut up and make the most out of the situation you’re in.
The Going Out to Party Every Night Person
The nightlife scene has had its ups & downs here but one thing is for sure, it’s best to go out sparingly throughout the week. If you have a 9 to 5 and you’re buddy or BFF is unemployed, in the nightlife industry or has a “sponsor” don’t try and keep up with the Jones’. Sure they seemingly know every club owner, bouncer and waitress in town but that’s not always a good thing. Philly is a big city but in many ways a small town. Forget 6 degrees, more like 2 degrees of separation. So if you want to maintain a decent reputation and save a little face, ration out you partying. The morning time you will thank you.
The Person Who Goes to the Same Places Over and Over
It’s easy to get comfortable here. You find your neighborhood bar or lounge and you make it your own. Hey there’s nothing wrong with being a regular somewhere but there are so many options in Philly when it comes to food, drinks and entertainment that you would be doing a disservice to yourself if you stuck to a routine. Find people who aren’t afraid to mix things up, go to different neighborhoods and explore. There are new spots springing up like weeds in an unkept yard.
The Fair-Weather Fan
Philly’s a sports town that treats its team like a family member. We argue with our team’s decision, scream for joy when our teams do well and shut out the world when our teams suck. So when a die-hard sports fan crosses path with a fair-weather fan they instantly lose credibility. Not being able to commit to a team through thick and thing is a warning sign that they will treat your friendship the same way. A passionate loyal Philly fan and fair-weather fan being best of friend is like Tim Tebow and strip clubs, they just don’t mix.
The “I am So Glad I Moved Out” Person
Okay this is more of an ex-Philadelphian but we still cross paths with them because they are always in town. More than likely the same people that troll the comment sections of popular local news sites. They can’t wait for a story about a shooting or mugging to post the snoody “I am so glad I moved out.” Well that’s fine then maybe you should stay out and enjoy your California Pizza Kitchens, Saladworks and Panera Breads in those strip malls you pass every other light on your 45 minute car ride just to get milk.