Odd how you mention being a jerk. I think you SHOULD be a jerk. Well, for lack of a better term.
A responsive yoyo will come back with a jerk or a tug. The gap tends to be smaller, so it’s easier to give it a tug to give it some slack which will cause the string to rub on the response system, grip and wind up.
A unresponsive yoyo has a wider gap, so we have to get some extra string in the gap to make it come back. It’s a trick we call “the bind”. It’s more advanced.
ALSO, carry a responsive yoyo with you from now on. That way when they try, they can get better results. It helps a lot. You can say “OK, this is how a responsive yoyo behaves” and let them try that. Then say “OK, now watch” and throw a sleeper and tug it and show them how it won’t come back, and say “that’s an unresponsive yoyo”, then explain how you have to do this thing called a bind to get it back and then show them. They may not understand, but they’ll either think it’s cool or they’ll be done.
Just explain that the unresponsive play allows you do do more tricks easier and get longer spin times and that you prefer playing unresponsive yoyos. If you’re playing in public and want to deal with the “common man”, carry a responsive yoyo set up to be very responsive and let them try that.