I think we're better than we give ourselves credit for - most people don't want to see other people suffer/lose out, unless you're a sociopath or a criminal.
Recently I have taken to approaching people who I see looking lost and holding a map to offer them directions. Wouldn't it be great if London got a reputation for being a friendly place like so many other places in the world?
Yes,I like to help out with upside down maps too,but I really was confused once when a French gentleman said that he was looking for "the poodle dog".Luckily he held out his A-Z for me to check,and there it was- Puddle Dock (as in Mermaid Theatre) There was a lot of entente cordiale when I told him what I thought he'd said.
I never give up asking visitors,even when told "No,we find our way".But still,we try don't we,and that's the important bit.
Dear Longlaner..please stay as kind as you are,at least until you're able to offer me a seat.I have several skeletal problems,though you wouldn't know it by looking at me,and many's the time I have been almost in tears when I have to stand with the bus's jumping around,especially over those speed bumps.What wouldn't I have given for you,Sir Galahad? I 'm appalled that you were so rudely turned down.Perhaps she 's not on HRT ?