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Europeans Share The Things About U.S. Vacations That Made Them Go ‘WTF’

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Every country has its own little quirks that the rest of the world may need a bit of an adjustment to when they go for a visit. And being a relatively newer country, the United States definitely has specificities that set it apart from other places — oddities that have evolved out of capitalism and intense patriotism, among other things.

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Europeans have been weighing in on what surprised them in particular while traveling through the USA, and the answers have been pretty eye-opening. And they’re a good reminder that just because we may be used to living with things a certain way — good or bad — doesn’t mean that they’re the norm everywhere, or that things have to work that way.

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1.

Free refills my friend. Free refills.

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2.

Portion sizes and adverts for drugs would be the big two.

SamWhite

3.

Tax not included in the price tag. It’s… weird!

avlas

4.

You can actually go to the ATM without leaving your car.

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My favorite are the “don’t molest alligators” signs in Florida.

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I saw a woman put sugar in her coke at Ihop for breakfast. I’ve been told that’s gross even for other Americans.

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7.

The fact that we have never thought of a concept like Sonic (the drive in place) blew my mind.

Unicorn-Ninja

8.

The ads in between tv shows felt unnecessarily long, and also repeated the same info, just worded differently.

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I was going to count the number of American flags I saw on my two weeks in Florida. I gave up on the ride from Miami Airport to South Beach.

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The one thing I wasn’t expecting from the US is how polite 99% of the people I met were. Lots of thanks, good wishes and very friendly people.

Von_Bubb

11.

Jay walking and the lack of pavement/sidewalk on many roads. I found it so hard to just get from one place to another.

DaveLakowski

12.

LA – The amount of homeless people, straight up walking past an elderly woman living on the streets to get to the 7-11.

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I saw an advert on TV for some prescription meds then the presenter started listing off all the side effects, including death!

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14.

Honestly…WalMart!! Went there to buy a sim card and some groceries. Also found out that I could also buy pet fish, car parts and shoes..ALL IN ONE BUILDING?!

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15.

The size of everything. Still shocks me that driving from NYC to Cleveland, OH takes twice as much time as a trip across my country.

EmbCMurphy

16.

The political ads on TV that do not promote but instead demonize candidates! “So and so is a devil from hell that will eat your newborn for breakfast if you vote for them! Don’t do it if you love America!” Scary music and black and white footage included. Weird, very weird.

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Being carded to get on a bar when I was 29 years old. I’d been drinking in pubs in England for 13 years without having to show ID. Oh and the general weirdness surrounding alcohol. Us Brits went for a drink at lunchtime once and our American friends were referring us to AA.

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On the first day of our US roadtrip we stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant south of San Francisco. When we tried to pay the waiter told us that another customer that just had left paid for our meals and wished us a nice trip. WTF, who does that. So nice! Totally made my day and honestly the whole vacation.

GuantanaMo

19.

Sharps bins in Disney toilets. I had a real WTF moment but was also kind of humbled by what I thought was an unexpected and generous display of acceptance and concern for heroin addiction. I think I vaguely assumed Disney had somehow figured it out to be ok around children but I just couldn’t work out how or why. Anyway it took about an hour for me to realise it was for diabetics.

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