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Aug 20, 2012 4:29 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Are August Visitors The Rudest Of The Lot To Invade The Hamptons?

Aug 21, 2012 5:19 PM

A stronger, fouler wind seems to blow in during the last month of a Hamptons summer. As the sun begins to set earlier and earlier, many locals say there also is a noticeable change in the type of visitor to the East End once the calendar turns to August.

While some say they don’t see a noticeable difference, others are positive that the area’s August visitors are shorter-tempered, less patient and walk around with a greater sense of entitlement.

“It wasn’t like this in May,” said Rayeal White, who works as a clerk in the bakery at Waldbaum’s in Southampton Village in the summer. “Now, it’s mayhem.”

Sitting outside on his break one recent day, Mr. White, who lives in Brooklyn in the winter, said that earlier in the summer more families and locals frequented the supermarket. Now, younger customers from out of town, many of them rude, flood the store most days.

Seventeen-year-old Tyler McCor of Southampton, who was sitting outside the supermarket the same day, said August visitors have bad tempers, far worse than other visitors, when they don’t get their way. “Before August, visitors were more relaxed and patient,” he said. “At the beginning, it’s okay.”

A bartender at Barristers on Main Street in Southampton Village, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said that those who stop in for a drink in August are “a little bit more pretentious and selfish.”

“It’s a ‘It’s my world and you live in it’ type of thing,” she said of their collective attitudes. “It’s a lack of awareness, and they don’t think that people live here” year-round.

The bartender, who also works in real estate, said she attributes that attitude to the fact that everyone wants to visit the Hamptons in August. “August is the highest price-point,” she said, referring to the cost of house and motel rentals. “Most of them are pretentious and flashy who need to be here in August.”

She also pointed out that those visiting the East End in August are trying to squeeze in one last vacation before summer ends and, as a result, some might be a tad bitter that fall and, inevitably, winter are just around the corner.

Likewise, Francesco Gardner, the co-owner of Villa Italian Specialties in East Hampton, said he’s noticed that late-summer visitors are more in a rush to soak up the last bits of the season. “They’re nervous that their summer is slipping away,” he said. “Everybody’s trying to cram as much summer as they can in the last two weeks.”

Noting that she sees an influx of customers in August, Lynne Jones, the owner of Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, said the month is always a little more frantic, because people are sensing the imminent end of summer.

“Locals get frustrated and a little bit apprehensive,” she said. “Some of us stick to the back roads. A lot of people don’t always know the rules of the road, and it’s not that they’re doing it intentionally—they’re either not used to driving or not used to driving here.”

Walking the streets of Southampton Village every day, a U.S. Postal Service worker, who asked to remain anonymous, agreed that people now visiting the area have far less patience than those who spent time here in June and July. “They’re squeezing in their vacation,” he said. “They don’t have the whole summer to blow. They are all just clueless as far as driving goes. They honk a lot more, and they’re rude to each other.”

The mailman said people often treat him as if he doesn’t exist, and many don’t move when he needs to get by them while delivering the mail. “It’s gotten a little better over the years, though,” he added.

Although he said he hasn’t thought about it very much, Henry Hildreth, the owner of Hildreth’s Department Store on Main Street in Southampton Village, said there is a little bit more of a sense of urgency among shoppers these days. “Some people think if they don’t get it now, why bother getting it?” he said.

In his opinion, Mr. Hildreth said some people might have shorter tempers in August because of the humidity, the dwindling summer days and because of the highly competitive nature of those visiting the Hamptons.

“It seems like the expediency of things needs to happen very quickly in order to satisfy a lot of different people,” he said. “It’s not bad, necessarily—it shows the American spirit in a different light.”

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... ridiculous article.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Aug 24, 12 9:31 AM
We all know the saying, "Summer people, some are not!"
By ShadyGrady (7), East Hampton on Aug 24, 12 10:12 AM
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I have said it for years....August is a different animal than any other month. Summer is ending people are in even more of a hurry and don't think for a second about anyone else. Standing on line for more that 30 seconds is practically a prelude to war.

It's the "ME ME ME" month
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Aug 24, 12 1:59 PM
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August brings a different type of breed!!! Its been like this since I can remember!
By bonac79 (18), East Hampton on Aug 24, 12 4:33 PM
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Same size town, same size stores, same size restaurants, but more people. The more rats you put in the cage the more aggressive they become. That and you never notice the cool people going about their business. You always notice the rude idiot. So maybe there are a few more in August. The positives outweigh the negatives by about a zillion.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Aug 24, 12 5:45 PM
We are pictured in the photo above. We were visiting my brother's family for a few days and loved walking through your beautiful towns. Shopping in the stores we did not notice any rude people and thought the shopkeepers to be very welcoming. Although I'm sure there are some who ruin it for others, please do not think of us in the picture as the "rudest of the lot". I'm sure your towns rely on the money the tourists bring in during the summer months and we hope to be welcomed back again.
By niceCanadianVisitor (1), Toronto on Aug 24, 12 8:54 PM
Agreed. You should remove their photo. That's terrible.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Aug 25, 12 7:55 AM
Canada - please don't read too far into this article. It's simply the press trying to be cute - or something, I'm not sure. Writing an article insulting your consumer base is not a great idea and I think the photo should be removed as well. Please come back and visit again - just don't buy the SH Press while here. . .
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 25, 12 9:49 AM
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CANADIANS !!! Run for your lives !!!
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Aug 25, 12 10:00 AM
please remove their picture from this article! shame on you!!!
By uncleray (2), canton on Aug 25, 12 1:04 PM
Canada - Thanks for coming and please visit often.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Aug 25, 12 2:34 PM
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August brings the people that rent for the month that couldn't rent, bottom of the barrel, or should I say the cluster rentals...
By LI native (127), east moriches on Aug 24, 12 10:51 PM
august is much more crowded, and everyone is trying to squeeze in as much summer as possible - the result is not worse people, but certainly worse behavior... also, the there is only one earth-moon, water is wet, and cows say moo. but if you're like me, and most other people who are commenting on 27 east, you end up working so hard from about the middle of august to labor day, that you can't be bothered by rude actions.
By milkdilk (49), Southampton on Aug 25, 12 9:21 AM
its not just august...
By Sour09 (18), Hampton Bays on Aug 25, 12 9:46 AM
The East End is busy in the summer time with people that don't normally live here? Really? I love the peace and tranquility of the east end in the fall and the winter, but that's the trade off for the summer time. Our local businesses are supported, houses are rented, out of town guests are actually supporting our communities. This article is embarrassing.
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Aug 25, 12 11:05 AM
i personally think it is slanderous to take a random photo of people whom you know nothing about,and post their picture above a caption like this.now thats RUDE!
By uncleray (2), canton on Aug 25, 12 12:53 PM
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city people seem to forget that we are people too.
By local (106), north sea on Aug 28, 12 11:51 AM
The rudest people are always here, year round. They are our elected officials.
By G (342), Southampton on Aug 31, 12 7:28 AM