|Originally posted by DJ RANN |
You know, it's interesting to hear this; When I first got here I realized that people believe everything you say, simply because of the accent and that we sound so serious.
But in terms of trustworthiness, the majority of people I knew in the UK growing up and even now (save one or two) were/are in hindsight the flakeyest and most unreliable. i'm also not talking about isolated groups - I mean across business relationships, close friends, passing acquaintances, teachers, etc.
Now I live in LA, the place where the stereotype is superfical/fake people, I have a large group of friends and business aquantences that I can relay on without question. Sure there's the odd shark or weirdo, but honestly, I experience a completely different level of personal integrity.
maybe it's a case of the sane ones sticking together, or that the ideology of no class system (even though there really is one here albeit related to money or job etc) means people rely on their own moral compass more.
One american friend just said to me the other day after working for a Brit company out here, that she felt fooled by the accent, that most Brits she dealt with have little to no fiber when it comes to integrity or not being a flake.
Suer these are sweeping generalizations, but honestly, even a lot of the Brits I meet out here (again, save a couple of close friends) are just blaggers and bullshitters. Again, maybe that has to do with the reasons they are in the the US or specifically LA. Fuck knows, but the phenomenon is there.
My father does a lot of business with the British and he's of the same impression. Uptight people who think rules don't apply to them.