NEW YORK — People are friendly in San Francisco, hard to impress in Chicago, paranoid in New York, unforgiving in Minneapolis and extremely apologetic in Cleveland, a poll of traveling salesmen said today.
A research psychologist asked 2,610 business travelers, most of them salesmen in their 40s, to rate the major U.S. cities in which they do business and, occasionally, step out to socialize.
The results, published in Forbes magazine, showed that West Coast cities have more friendly people than the East, where Boston was cited as the most unfriendly city in which to do business.
Washington ranked as second most unfriendly.
'Cavalier' in Chicago
Participants said Chicago treats salesmen "in a cavalier fashion." New Yorkers "think you'll pick their pockets or sell them a watch that only works for three weeks," one salesman said.