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To remind those living in tourist areas not to assume people aren't local!

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GlummyMcGlummerson Thu 14-May-20 00:27:34

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, but spent my whole adult life living in Scotland.

I'm now back in my hometown, armed with a mild Scottish accent I accidentally picked up after 18 years living there grin. Went for a walk in a popular tourist area today, a 10 minute drive from my home, with my DC. I heard two sets of people grumble about people travelling to come to the Dales after they heard me chatting to the DC. There were also a few posts on local Facebook groups about our-of-towners - I may be paranoid but one said "One family came from as far as Scotland!" - so possibly referring to me!

I've also seen it on another thread too someone saying that people from the Midlands were in Devon this week. No mention of how they knew where they came from

Unless you actually ask them and they confirm they aren't locals, please don't assume. Some people do move to new places! And while I'm at it I don't actually think local areas "belong" to local people any more than they belong anyone else and I'm a bit hmm when locals grumble about tourists.

Also I managed to snap a picture of a couple who grumbled at me. Bastards wink

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Lovely1a2b3c Thu 14-May-20 00:33:35

A local place for local people.. but no YANBU!

Puzzle500 Thu 14-May-20 05:46:41


Peggysgettingcrazy Thu 14-May-20 05:49:41

Totally agree. I hate how possessive some people get of their area and assuming local people must all fit one dynamic.

ThisIsNotARealAvo Thu 14-May-20 05:54:00

I wonder if all these places will be complaining again in couple of months when they have no visitors and are feeling the impact of the "X county is shut, thanks" messages.

Reginabambina Thu 14-May-20 05:55:06

But are you local?

GinnyStrupac Thu 14-May-20 05:56:01

Agreed that a lack of a local accent doesn't mean you're not local, but as for the rest, have a read of the Whitby thread.

GinnyStrupac Thu 14-May-20 05:59:57

That's in AIBU. Also, the People Living In Tourist Spots Should Probably Be Concerned Right Now thread in Coronavius.

Utterlydespairing Thu 14-May-20 06:00:16

Completely agree. I won’t set foot in Cornwall because of their attitude to tourists.

IamtheDevilsAvocado Thu 14-May-20 06:01:10

It's just no thinking, isn't it! ... Unless that person sounds exactly the same as us, they MUSThave travelled....

It's the same mentality I suspect of folk who stand watching people using blue badge spaces, pursing their lips! .... Unless someone is in a huge powered wheelchair they can't POSSIBLY be disabled.

PaulinePetrovaPosey Thu 14-May-20 06:11:55

Not a Corona thing, but try being non-white in some areas! DH has had 'YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?' asked loudly and slowly to him more than once when we've been on UK holidays.

Rory786 Thu 14-May-20 06:16:16

@PaulinePetrovaPosey yes!
We live in a little hamlet and sometimes venture out by foot to the next village and we get stared at a lot!

Mothership4two Thu 14-May-20 06:21:59

CV has brought out the tut-tuttedness in lots of people. Who make assumptions and then love to post online.

We had a post on our local FB page about two teenage lads kicking a ball around at the nearby public field who had obviously met up and were NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING not 20 minutes ago!! I posted back that they were my sons and we were with them and we were on the last leg of our once a day family walk.

CrowdedHouseinQuarantine Thu 14-May-20 06:30:29

Oh people
just ignore the moaners
do the right thing

Ullupullu Thu 14-May-20 06:33:15

On the one hand I agree in principle.

On the other hand, if I drove ten minutes I'd be absolutely miles away! In the next city, nearly. So... you did drive to another community for you walk, no doubt about it

Toddlerteaplease Thu 14-May-20 06:36:35

My sister has lived in a tourist village in the lake District for years, she was stopped and questioned by other residents about wether she was local.

RoseannelovesDan Thu 14-May-20 06:46:25

This is why I love London.

ChateauMyself Thu 14-May-20 06:48:09

Now, now - we’ll have no trouble here!

MarkingTimeIm59 Thu 14-May-20 06:49:29

I’ve lived in the same village for 50+ years. I wasn’t born here so I’ll never be ‘local’ according to some locals!

DinkyDaisy Thu 14-May-20 06:50:14

In some places, you are not local unless you were born in the village.
An elderly neighbour told my Dad he was not a local because of this.
My Dad has lived in his village for over 50 years!

CelestialSpanking Thu 14-May-20 06:55:16

Agree completely! I’ve got a generic London accent from where I grew up that’s also mixed with another part of the UK from living there for 10 years. I now live in Wales. I’d be pissed off if I was confronted for not being a local- although I do understand the frustration over it. So far no one has had a go at me but then I don’t live in an area people have second homes thankfully.

DoorKnobber Thu 14-May-20 06:55:44

I live in the Lakes and the locals aren’t happy!... I’m not fussed. But one of my friends is doing my head in she keeps going on about how she doesn’t recognise people when she’s out on a walk. She might have lived there her whole life but she doesn’t know everyone!!

peonypower Thu 14-May-20 06:59:11

I live in a small village and whenever we see someone we don't recognise we scream "Stranger Danger!!!" at them and immediately post a warning on the village website

Just kidding. People are allowed to go for walks. They're usually pretty respectful of social distancing, leaping into hedgerows and the like.

Bahhhhhumbug Thu 14-May-20 07:00:22

I live in a village near a big holiday seaside town and we always go there for the larger supermarkets etc as our local shops are very limited. We have a local chat page and the other day the seaside town posted a 'keep away, think of the locals etc etc ' directly to our local chat page. We are less than three miles away and most people l know have always gone to this town to do main shopping etc. All this territorialism is getting ridiculous now.

JacobReesMogadishu Thu 14-May-20 07:03:18

People are bonkers right now.

A friend of mine walked a mile and a half on public footpaths over the field to the next village. A man came out the house and chased her down the road demanding to know if she was from that village. When she said the next one he told her to leave!

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