Top 30 things in the USA that shock visitors, although Americans have long been accustomed to them

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What surprises foreigners in the US? Non-Americans talk about things that are perfectly normal in America but shock people from other countries, according to BuzzFeed.

Top 30 things in the USA that shock visitors, although Americans have long been accustomed to them

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Reddit user u/CapitalBread6959 asked foreigners what is so common in the US that is completely unheard of in their own country. Here's what people said.

1. “People actually love and buy pickup trucks as their daily mode of transportation, even if their jobs don’t require them to haul anything at all,” – says joseandrade.

2. “I was in the US for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and wow, blue cheese dip! Sounds disgusting, but it's amazing! Too bad I didn't bring some home”, – said chrissychromesyn.

3. “My German friend visited me in college. At a party, he yelled “THEY EXIST!” when he held our pack of red plastic cups”, – posted by u/mulljackson.

4. “Tip almost everyone who provides services. I mean not only waiters, but also hairdressers and taxi drivers. And a tip of at least 15%. Where I live, tips are only given in restaurants for good service, and usually we just round up the bill. So, for example, if the bill is 46.40 euros, we give 50 euros”, – posted by user s463b03bd4 .

5. “Free refill. The first time I was in the US, the waitress kept refilling my glass without asking. I thought it was a scam to make more money. Turns out they only charged me for one drink on the bill”, – posted by u/CeterumCenseo85.

6. “Usually medical workers go home after work in medical clothes. And wash it at home. It is literally forbidden here to leave the hospital grounds in your work clothes. I wouldn't want to bring it home and possibly carry some resistant hospital bacteria with me. Besides, you never know how well others do their laundry. I like it when the hospital does it professionally”, – posted by u/pauliaomi .

7. “Home Owners Associations. From what I've heard, it's kind of a club that you pay to and they enforce certain aesthetics and rules in the area,” – says u/untakenu.

8. “The tax system as a whole. Having to file a tax return every year is weird. Our taxes are paid for us unless you run your own business or are a contractor. Also, having to pay US taxes when you live abroad is weird. also”, – posted by u/HiJane72.

9. “It's a common fixture, a kitchen grinder in the sink,” – wrote u/PoetPont.

10. “School sequence: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. I have to translate it in my head every time I hear it”, – says u/starfished1.

11. “Ice-filled tap water that arrives at your table as soon as you sit down at a restaurant. It's such an amazing thing!” – posted by u/c19isdeadly.

12. “That the waiter takes your credit card when you pay in an American restaurant. Here in Europe you always have your card with you when you pay,” – posted by u/burber_king.

13. “I am driving and turning right at a red light. This doesn't fit in my head. If you do this here in the Netherlands, you will hit at least five cyclists”, – joked user u/CowabungaNL.

14. “How stores in the US display prices without taxes. This confused me when I first went to buy a bottle of Coke when I arrived in the states,” – laments u/AJ787-9.

15. “Crossing the road in the wrong place. Where I come from, crossing a street where there is no signposted crosswalk is viewed negatively, but in the US people do it a lot,” – posted by u/wuoma.

16. “Long commute to work. Here in the Netherlands, many companies only hire people who live within a 30 minute radius (maybe an hour if they really need you). I once applied for a job about an hour and a half away from my house and was rejected solely because of the travel time,” – says u/kaida_notadude.

17. “The idea of ​​going to university is because you are good at sports. I talked to an American online and he told me he went to college on a “lacrosse scholarship.” It stunned me”, – posted by u/Johhnymaddog316.

18. “Houses with little fences and little or no added security. I'm from Latin America and our houses either have big gates and spiked fences or concrete walls with barbed wire on top to keep burglars out. It was a real shock for me when I first visited the USA and saw suburban houses with cars parked on the street and little wooden fences that anyone could jump over”, – posted by u/Blacksmith_99.

19. “Good Mexican food. In my experience, it is not found anywhere else in the world, except in Mexico itself”, – says u/glwillia.

20. “Auto banks and even pharmacies. It surprises me because there just isn't enough room in the UK for this kind of stuff”, – wrote u/Squoggs.

21. “The ability to order a milkshake that contains all the recommended calories of the day,” – says u/Ainstee101.

22. “Car culture is so intense that you can’t live without it. My parents didn't even know how to drive a car. We use public transportation (metro, bus, etc.) to get anywhere,” – posted by u/directordenial11.

23. “It's possible to go bankrupt because of a medical emergency,” – wrote u/VokThee.

24. “Obviously most American men are circumcised, which I find odd,” – shared by u/VulturicAcid.

25. “The American College Experience. You show your responsibility and independence by paying $800 a month to live in a dorm on campus, sharing a bedroom with a stranger and a bathroom with 11 strangers. Meanwhile, if you continue to live at home with your parents, people will think that you make bad decisions”, – surprised user u/dexterpine.

26. “Lack of annual paid leave. My uncle recently moved to the UK from the States and almost passed out when he realized that I get about 35 days of vacation every year”, – says u/MIssKerrieG.

27. “Talking about work or asking what a person does for a living in great detail at social events. It's very unusual where I'm from. I think it's normal in the US because it's a work-obsessed country and it tends to take root in the brain. When I leave the house or go to a party to relax, the last thing I want to talk about is anything related to work. Ask me about what movies I've seen lately, not about my daily work”, – says u/MalkyMackay.

28. “The fact that you can drive across the US for five hours and more or less doesn't change anything. If you drive five hours across Europe, suddenly everyone starts talking funny and the cheese is different”, – says user u/KaimeiJay.

29. “Sending Christmas cards with a professional photo of your family on the front”, – user u/B-Goode is amazed.

30. “The fact that in some states you can buy guns from the same store you buy groceries from,” – posted by u/oooo_football_friend.