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28 Things Americans Do That Are Considered Absolutely Blasphemous To British People

Updated July 2, 2021 46.2k votes 4.2k voters 104k views28 items

List RulesVote up the most ridiculous things Americans should just stop doing immediately.

America, land of the free and home of the brave... and a bunch of stuff that the British apparently find horrifying. Redditor u/TownImmediate9060 asked, "What is socially acceptable in the U.S. that would be horrifying in the U.K.?" and as it turns out, the U.K. thinks Americans are pretty weird! Vote up the most unacceptable American habits that should be changed immediately.

  • 1

    Commercials Being Too Long

    From Redditor u/Toxic_Orange_DM:

    The length and frequency of commercial breaks in general on TV is shocking.

    Is this unacceptable?
  • 2

    The Tax System Is Too Complex

    From Redditor u/Hazzman:

    The Tax system - Americans will immediately jump to the defense of this with explanations about how easy it is or how you can save money or blah blah blah blah blah. It's not the concept of doing your own taxes that are an issue, per se (Though while I was in the UK I really preferred not having to do it myself). It's that your tax system is so convoluted, so arcane, so extensive, so bloated that often you need a professional or a professional service to do it for you and it seems pretty clear to me (as an outsider) that this system is designed for 2 things 1) To promote a ridiculous and what should be a redundant industry of tax, in order to keep a portion of society employed 2) To make it so complex that pretty much everyone is a criminal, that the law can be selectively enforced at the governments desire.

    Is this unacceptable?
  • 3


    From Redditor u/CuriousAboutLife0:

    Overworking. It's rewarded and encouraged in the U.S., but during my time in the U.K. my colleagues were horrified by the long hours and lack of holidays that was the norm in the U.S.

    From Redditor u/eannasheridan:

    The work culture. Americans are both deprived of proper holidays and sick pay and are also fully onboard with the cult of overwork, believing it will pay off eventually. When that “eventually” is they don’t actually know.

    Is this unacceptable?
  • 4

    Paying More Than The Advertised Price

    From Redditor u/gibsterminator:

    Paying more than the price you see on a price tag in a shop due to taxes. WTF just put how much it costs!


    Is this unacceptable?