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Miss Conduct

Dealing with Boston’s sidewalk hogs

Navigating pavement full of rude Bostonians. Plus, a problem with gift take-backs.

What is the polite way to handle a situation in which you’re walking on a sidewalk and the people walking toward you don’t bother to make any room for you to pass? This seems to happen so often lately when I’m with my partner — people walk two across without even trying to move aside, and we get squeezed off the sidewalk and literally jump the curb. My thinking is when two couples approach, each should go single file to allow the other to pass. Well, this does not happen. Do I stop dead in my tracks? Do I just walk right into them?

P.M. / Quincy

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