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(The Atlantic)   Traveling to the U.S.? If invited to a dinner party, bring a gift of wine, but not cash or toiletries   (theatlantic.com) divider line 17
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2012-06-04 06:42:46 AM
2 votes:
At the risk of opening a can of worms.......

The price you see on the shelf/product is not the price you will be asked to pay at the till. If you see a bag of chips labelled $1, do not take them and hand a dollar to the store clerk and walk out. The store clerk will tell you how much they really are. They are probably more like $1.20. It lends an air of mystery to what would otherwise be a straightforward and dull transaction.

The only reason for this is to piss people off.
2012-06-04 02:17:06 AM
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Raw_fishFood: When I was on an exchange in New Zealand, it was amazing how many kids my age (high school at the time) asked if I was in a gang or had been in a shoot out. I had to explain that I was from a small mountain town, and that was about as far as from either of those things I could be. It was a little disheartening how many people found that fact disappointing. It kinda showed me what the world thinks of America.


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2012-06-04 01:28:52 AM
2 votes:
Bring booze. You damn furriners will need it to put up with our superior American ways
2012-06-04 10:42:55 PM
1 votes:

Wayne 985: Pert: At the risk of opening a can of worms.......

The price you see on the shelf/product is not the price you will be asked to pay at the till. If you see a bag of chips labelled $1, do not take them and hand a dollar to the store clerk and walk out. The store clerk will tell you how much they really are. They are probably more like $1.20. It lends an air of mystery to what would otherwise be a straightforward and dull transaction.

The only reason for this is to piss people off.

No sales tax in Oregon, so no problem here.


yeah, but go ahead and touch the gas pump--i dare you.
most of the time no problem, but when youre in a hurry and there is one pump jockey for 16 pumps, then i get a little teed off.
2012-06-04 03:36:03 PM
1 votes:
I know in my state the sales tax will go away once they've balanced the budget.

Because, ya know, the politicians said they'd get rid of it just as soon as possible.

Honest.

/My second cousin told me that.
//can't rem how many years ago that was...
///obvious advice bears repeating - don't let your state adopt a sales tax.
////someone got that 'bears' pic handy?
2012-06-04 02:46:16 PM
1 votes:

ISO15693: the_vicious_fez: MrT: ShannonKW: Americans would rather read than listen. We'll walk past ten men in order to read a sign rather than ask a question. Ask us a question, and we'll tell you to read the damn sign.

You have no idea what a good thing this is. In the UK, there is a constant incessant babble of useless semi-automated PA announcements that pervade your consciousness and rot your brain from the inside out. The best thing about moving away from the UK was getting some damned peace and quiet.

Are you serious? Every time I go through an airport or train station I hear constant useless announcements about the current threat level and so on. Are you telling me it's worse elsewhere? Because that's the sort of thing that could drive... someone... mad.

I think he means outside of airports, where PA announcements are mandatory.

"Mind the Gap" etc

Sometimes the british use those announcements as practical jokes.


Probably has something to do with the fact that half of the announcements in Britain are pre-recorded and just repeat endlessly.

Contrast the Boston T to the Tube where instead of "Mind the Gap" and "Next station is..." in nice polite English you have; "Ne gurgle margle gurrrmint Center"
2012-06-04 08:22:52 AM
1 votes:

Debeo Summa Credo: ShannonKW: Debeo Summa Credo: What the hell do they do in cultures where line forming is not respected? Is it just a free for all? How does that work?

The short answer is that it doesn't work. Any situation in which a large number of people must be served individually by a small number of people turns ugly. There will be much pleading special privilege, buttonholing the supervisor, back stairs hookups for those with connections, and staff are either pushed to the brink of rage or jaded and beyond it all. This happens every time, every day, in airports and bus stations, and it never improves because the people just accept it. It's part of the culture.

If you're one of those people who honestly believes that nothing could make you want to take a human life, buy a train ticket in Lahore or Karachi and come talk to me.

Wow. I've learned something today I guess. Any place where getting to a train clerk or bank teller (as in Lydia's example above) is similar to getting a drink at a mobbed bar is not anyplace I want to be.

USA! USA!


I wanna know more about back stair hookups with LA whores.
2012-06-04 05:56:33 AM
1 votes:
It must be hard for those heathens to act civilized when they come here.
2012-06-04 03:57:56 AM
1 votes:

Smeggy Smurf: Bring booze. You damn furriners will need it to put up with our superior American ways


F*ck that bring me cash for having to put up with non-amuricans.......
2012-06-04 02:13:11 AM
1 votes:
package the tour guide book with the Death Wish movies and you've got a lovely bon voyage gift for travel-bound friends.
2012-06-04 01:48:34 AM
1 votes:
I'm socially inept enough to be interested in buying a travel book to the USA. I mean, seriously, I don't get it here and I was born in Houston and raised in Dallas.

/I'll move out of Texas once I nail down some decent residual income.
2012-06-04 01:45:24 AM
1 votes:
Such tips as "don't hand out cash to dinner guests" reveal what foreign tourists find surprising about coming to America.

Thanks a lot for ruining the gravy train, Atlantic.
2012-06-04 01:44:02 AM
1 votes:
Also, bring a gun. Everyone else will and you'll just feel silly when a good old fashioned western shootout breaks out and you make such a gauche faux pas as not carrying.
2012-06-04 01:41:00 AM
1 votes:
I can't read the link because it's not formatted as a paginated "top 10" list.
2012-06-04 01:31:40 AM
1 votes:
I don't care who's party it is, I'm still bringing ass gaskets for the john.
/don't trust those dirty rich people.
2012-06-04 01:21:34 AM
1 votes:
America: We want you to bring wine or a sixer of beer.
2012-06-04 01:21:30 AM
1 votes:
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