We've all been thoroughly annoyed by these things. How many have you experienced in Rochester?

I hit "my meter" when I was asked for the thousandth time if I work at Mayo. It happens every time I tell someone I'm new to the area, and that I moved for "a job"... the inevitable follows: "OH! So you work at Mayo?" ....no, I don't. Here are seven ways to make someone in Rochester pretty angry very quickly.


  • Vladimir Mucibabic
    Vladimir Mucibabic

    Drive like an arse

    Seriously, I could just copy and paste this one 1,000 times and we'd more than cover this list. Drivers in Rochester are frustrating for a lot of reasons.

    If you're not driving with headlights on at night or during bad weather, if you're definitely cutting someone off in front of the Second Street McDonald's and holding up rush hour traffic, merging onto Highway 52 improperly, or failing to observe the rules for bikes and cars sharing the road - you're upsetting someone in Rochester. I guarantee you.

  • 2

    Take things away

    Don't mess with our Snappy Burger, Wicked Moose, or other restaurants! We like them to stay! Oh, wait...

  • 3

    Be a Canadian goose

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, we sure love our "honkers" (be it a restaurant or baseball team) around these parts... BUT NOT THE REAL ONES!

    Holy crap these dudes are relentlessly territorial, and definitely impact traffic from time to time. Especially around Silver Lake.

    Be a Canadian goose, and you're upsetting someone in Rochester.

  • 4

    Assume everyone works at Mayo

    While we're certainly grateful for what Mayo has done for the city, NOT EVERYONE WORKS THERE!

    Believe it or not, other jobs exist in Rochester. People don't always move to the area for the clinic either.

  • Another poorly parked vehicle I've encountered. See how crooked this van is in relation to the lines?
    Another poorly parked vehicle I've encountered. See how crooked this van is in relation to the lines?

    Park like an arse

    Are you outside of your lines? Are you parked too close to your neighbor?

    If you answered yes to either of those questions, you're upsetting someone in Rochester. I guarantee it. Especially in town!

  • Fall in Rochester
    Fall in Rochester

    Call us "the other Rochester"

    Excuse us, but we're #1 in our eyes! Forget New York!

  • 7

    Do a bunch of construction at once

    We know this is maintenance that must be done - but does it ALL have to be done during the spring - fall in the same area? Seriously, we'd like a break for a bit!

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