When Americans go abroad, they expect things to be exactly like they are at home. They expect good customer service and are often very disillusioned when confronted with the reality in other countries. It can be hard to understand and accept. It shows that in America we’re really used to certain conveniences that the rest of the world just doesn’t have. Read on to find out exactly what!
Out of curiosity, I started watching the Netflix show Emily in Paris. I was interested in how Emily being American had an influence on her life in Paris… and, basically, everyone hates her because of it. She’s obnoxiously perky, dresses garishly, and is always trying to push the American point of view on a group of chic, stereotypically French people. Overall, she oozes Americanism. They even nickname her “the hick”. And I wonder, do we all seem that way? I think Poles honestly like American people, so it’s not an issue here, but I’m curious as to how Americans come off to Europeans in general. Or maybe I don’t want to know! Here are some things, like Emily, that are very American and very not European.
- Free refills. Free water. ICE in your water!
- The date being written MM/DD/YYYY 😱
- For people to bend over backwards just because you’re a customer.
- Not being able to buy alcohol until you’re twenty-freaking-one years old.
- Toilet stalls you can crawl under. Why not just extend the partitions and make the damn things more private?
- Yellow school buses 🚌
- For everyone to smile and be friendly everywhere you go.
- Price tags that don’t include the tax. In America, they always add the sales tax at the register (to be fair it’s a lot lower than in Poland, so the diff isn’t that big).
- Garbage disposals. Flip a switch and all the junk in the kitchen sink gets blended up and goes down the drain. Brilliant.
- Pledging allegiance to the flag EVERY.DAMN.DAY at school. Talk about creepy.
- Tipping 20% (or more!) 🤑 Waiters are paid next to nothing by the restaurant, so they make the bulk of their salary from tips.
- Exposed toilet bowls and flushers on the side. In Europe it’s usually a button on the wall. With 2 options!
- Paying for college. Paying massive amounts, rather, for college and being in debt until who knows when.
- Revealings all kinds of information about yourself when you first meet someone.
- People being warm and friendly to strangers. I almost feel like we care more about what strangers think than people we really know, whereas the rest of the world couldn’t care less.
- FLAGS EVERYWHERE 🇺🇸
- Being able to ask for anything and everything at a restaurant. Swapping out one thing for another, asking them not to use some ingredient, ice in your water, more bread, etc. In Europe, you just don’t do those things.
- Turning right at a red light.
- College sports 🏈
- Being afraid to go to the doctor/hospital because you have no idea if you’ll have to pay and how much it’s going to cost.
Anything else you think is worthy of a mention? Let me know in the comments!