It's important to be yourself but it also never hurts to be a little self-aware. Especially when it comes to interacting with people from other countries. These weird American interactions might shed some light on the stereotypes you might not have known existed! Read these stories, find out about the interactions that make it obvious that you're American, and vote up!
- 142 VOTES
Insisting A City In England Isn't Real
From Redditor u/junimobuddy:
An American insisted that York wasn’t a real place. We were in Manchester, which isn’t very far from York. You can get a train from Manchester to York in an hour and ten minutes.
- 241 VOTES
Not Knowing Canadian Coins Exist
From Redditor u/ArcticWolf_18:
Canadian here. I used to work at a casino in Ontario as a cashier. I'd exchange currency, trade chips for cash, etc. One time I exchanged USD to CDN for an American customer and in that transaction, I gave her a toonie (two-dollar coins). She asked me where she can use it and I told her nicely, that anywhere in Canada. She was kind of confused for a minute until she realized it wasn't some casino token. She then told me she had been throwing out toonies for years because she thought it was a casino token and she was never sure where in the casino it was supposed to be used! For years she was literally throwing money in the garbage thinking it was some casino gimmick!
- 339 VOTES
Assuming Everything Happens In The USA
From Redditor u/Matrozi:
One time, it was years ago, I mentioned something that happened in my college in FRANCE, as in I specifically said in the comment that it was in F-R-A-N-C-E.
I got a comment "Bullsh*t, I live in [some US state, don't remember which one] and I have never seen that."
- 453 VOTES
Demanding That Someone Put Out Their Cigarette
From Redditor u/AnnoyedHaddock:
I was sat on a bench in a park smoking a cigarette. Some American woman came and sat right next to me, starts coughing at me, and asks me to put it out. We were literally the only two people there with about 20 other benches in a big circle clearing that must have been 100m in diameter.
- 526 VOTES
Chanting "USA" At An Odd Time
From Redditor u/elevantusername-:
I'm a European who just experienced Mardi Gras. A float went by that had the navy on it and everyone started chanting "USA". I joined in for the fun of it and it was great. My American friend apologized to me after, and it was only then that I realized he probably saw it as me having to deny my nationality in a crowd, whereas I just saw it as a bit of fun drunken chanting.
- 634 VOTES
Using Wacky Lawyer Advertisements
From Redditor u/franklymydear42:
Lawyers' advertising! When I was in Louisiana I remember an ad that was something like that: "HAVE YOU BEEN BITE BY AN ALLIGATOR??? WE CAN HELP YOU GET AN REPARATION"...
I thought it was HILARIOUS.
I'm in law school and here in Brazil lawyers are very serious and formal...