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Unpleasant American Common Customs When You Travel Abroad
By the aid of these tips, you will get to know some of those things that might seem to be offensive and rude to you, but they are customs in America. There are things that they do which can look very okay to the Americans but for you they will seem to be quite offensive, and some of these norms are as follows.
Americans believe in tipping, and whenever you are served, you must motivate the attendant. Failure to do so then you will be seen to be so ungrateful and very rude. This does not happen in other countries where the employees believe in what they do, and so they do not expect any incentives.
In America, if you are in a taxi, you are not allowed to sit in the front with the chauffeur. You will not be expected to sit at the back when you visit other countries, and you are riding in a taxi. In other countries when you sit at the back it will symbolize that you are taking yourself to be superior to the other person in the cab.
Third, you can freely split the bill when you are out for lunch or anything. This behavior is unacceptable in other countries like France. You will have to decide on who to do bill payment for the whole lot.
In some countries, it’s an offense to use the left hand even though it’s not a very big deal in the US. In the Middle East and some areas in Africa, sanitary activities were handled using the left hand hence considered to be dirty. As such, you ought not to use the left arm for initiating a handshake in such regions.
In some of the European nations, the American peace sign custom implies differently than it does when in the US. The peace sign gesture and the middle finger have no difference in meaning in some regions even though it means ‘we come in peace’ in the US.
The sixth norm of the Americans that has a different implication in the other nations is the bull horn sign. Just as this sign is used for fun in the US, it is not fun at all to other societies. In South America and a portion of the European nations, it tells a man that his wife is a cheat.
You can say no to a food offer while in the US. Such refusal could be for the reason that you are personally not okay to consume the food at that time. As party of the culture in Asia, refusing a food offer is disrespectful.