15 Very Common Things Americans Do That Other Countries Consider Rude

6Saying ‘Thank you’

One of the earliest lessons we are taught when we were children is saying ‘thank you’. Whenever someone does something for us in our daily lives we often say those two words without even thinking about it. But in a country like India saying ‘thank you’ is reserved for a formal occasion with the people you know.

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7Sitting in the backseat

When you book an Uber or Lyft, you will naturally sit in the backseat of the car. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends your natural instinct is to get in the back seat but in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland this is considered rude. Here if you don’t sit in the front then the driver will think you’re impolite and may even take you on a longer route.

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8Being late

We all at some point have been late for something or the other. Be it a friendly occasion or even something important, we have been late due to our own schedule or maybe even something else but we often do not think about it. But in countries like Germany and Argentina, this is considered to be rude. Here people often show up early for important events.

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9Tipping at restaurants

When we eat out at a restaurant we often tip our servers and waiters but in some countries like Japan and South Korea, this is seen as an insult. In these countries, all the servers need to give their best without the benefit of added incentives. This according to them boosts work morale and makes everyone earn the same.

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10Showing the sole of your shoes

When we sit in America we often do look down at where our shoe soles are pointing. When we take off our shoes and toss them aside we don’t care if the sole is facing up. But in Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist countries exposing the sole of your shoe is considered to be a rude thing as they constantly touch the dirty ground.

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