I bet more people than you expect.
You're probably right.
I'm all for aikido as a form of misogi; a 'spiritual' practice; and as a budo - even more so, now that I train BJJ, do I see its restorative, energising benefits.
However, when people claim to be good at aikido, yet their ukes never challenge them, they're not speaking the truth.
Even if you just do aikido as a meditative thing, and have no illusions about martial ability, if you aren't actually taking someone's balance, through the use of aiki, then you aren't doing aikido: you're living in a fantasy world, wasting your time, and not getting the benefits you seek, or speak of.
Regards manners: Tony wasn't that discourteous...was he?