Even if it’s not nice to judge other cultures, it’s safe to say that the United States is a strange country. They plant their flag everywhere, their inhabitants walk around with guns and their food is 1000 times too greasy. Nevertheless, despite that, we still really want to go there, and that’s why it’s better to be aware of the laws and other unspoken rules to be respected on site. So, for those who are planning a little trip to the States soon, here are some things not to do there.
1. Getting sick
- 1 1. Getting sick
- 2 2. Pass people in a queue
- 3 3. Use politics as a topic of conversation with someone you just met
- 4 4. Trying to buy alcohol before you turn 21
- 5 5. Go to the dangerous neighborhoods we see in the series
- 6 6. If you are stopped by the police in a car, remain seated without moving, hands in evidence
- 7 7. Drinking alcohol outside
- 8 8. Kiss someone
- 9 9. Forgetting to tip
- 10 10. Being late for a date with friends
Unless you have very good company-paid health coverage, it’s best to avoid getting sick or getting hit by a car on the street. Because even if in France all that is already very boring, in the United States it costs a FORTUNE to be treated, to be transported by an ambulance, or, worse, to occupy a hospital bed for several days. Some end up in debt for life just because they had the misfortune of having a health glitch. Look for logic.
2. Pass people in a queue
Even with us it is not done, but in France there is a 2 out of 3 chance that people will moan in their beards and dare not say anything to the person who has overtaken. In the United States, it can on the contrary trigger a scandal tinged with a lot of violence. Either way, doubling people is one of the things you have to stop doing, forever. It really is a move asshole.
3. Use politics as a topic of conversation with someone you just met
If in Europe we all talk very easily about politics (starting with this merchant to whom you hadn’t asked anything who is trying to convince you to vote Zemmour), this is not at all the case in the United States. There, politics is a much more sensitive subject, and everyone is convinced that their side is right, so we don’t discuss it with strangers. Maybe it’s not so bad.
4. Trying to buy alcohol before you turn 21
For Americans, it’s obvious, since it’s the law there, but for French people who are between 18 and 21 and who can already buy alcohol in France, it’s more difficult to accept the American law. However, it is like that and not otherwise. And there’s no point in trying to convince an American bartender: he risks losing his license to sell alcohol if he serves a young person under 21. He won’t take that risk just to please a stranger.
5. Go to the dangerous neighborhoods we see in the series
According to the Americans, some tourists like to go for a walk in the dangerous districts of the big cities that they have seen in this or that series. According to them, walking around there and taking pictures, especially when you look like a tourist, is the best way to get pissed off or robbed. Not great as a vacation souvenir.
6. If you are stopped by the police in a car, remain seated without moving, hands in evidence
American police are even more on edge than ours (yes, it’s possible), so it’s totally inadvisable to show off during a traffic check. The three main rules are: don’t get out of the car, keep your hands visible on the wheel, and obey the officer’s orders. Yes, it sucks, but it’s better than losing your life.
7. Drinking alcohol outside
It is simply not tolerated in the United States, unlike in our country where the police can easily let it pass. Afterwards, the rules vary by state, but it’s usually dead from dead.
8. Kiss someone
If you want to pass for someone extremely weird, it is indeed the best thing to do. Otherwise, settle for an oral greeting, a handshake in professional situations, or a hug if it’s friends. But Americans do not kiss and have a lot of trouble with this concept. (We totally agree with them, we have to stop kissing out of pity, it’s boring!)
9. Forgetting to tip
It may be annoying to have to drop a few extra dollars on the bill, but that’s how it is: in the United States, we always tip at restaurants. If we don’t, it means that we deliberately want to let people know that the service was rotten. People who do that are usually motherfuckers, and you don’t want to come off as a motherfucker, do you?
10. Being late for a date with friends
It’s already very boring in France (we see you people always late), but it’s even more frowned upon in the country of Bruce Springsteen. At the limit, 5 short minutes late is fine, but beyond that it is considered rude. And that’s quite normal.