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Ten things that annoy in the USA: the opinion of a Russian-speaking immigrant

“I’ll tell you about a dozen reasons that really piss me off in the US and the American way of life,” the author writes. the America Inside blog on Yandex.Zen.

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Next - from the first person.

Reason №1. People in the United States are just incredibly bony, not flexible, instructed. They live according to instructions, guidelines and rules. Departure from the rule is simply impossible. Anything that is not according to the instructions simply does not exist. Because of this, it is sometimes very difficult even at the household level. Perhaps this is good for the state, and you yourself, following the rules and instructions, will be protected and confident in the result, but ... Resting against the wall of instructions, you understand that our people are more flexible, understanding, with a soul or something.

Reason №2. Prices in stores are exclusive of sales tax. It is incredibly annoying when, having chosen a product, at the checkout you receive a check 3-5% more, and in some states even 10% more. I got used to this for a very long time.

Reason №3. Independence from outside opinions, reaching the point of absurdity. An everyday example: it doesn't matter how you look in the eyes of others, even if you weigh under 150 kg (which is not uncommon), but is dressed in tight-fitting pants or shorts, thereby exposing your bodies. Again, this is just my opinion.

Reason №4. Girls. Looking back at reason # 3, I would add that most young girls do not take care of themselves at all. Now the reason is clear why their peers from the CIS countries stand out so much against their background. This is why movie stars and pop singers are so popular because they are very different from the average American woman.

Reason №5. American hypocrisy. Behind the question "How are you?" and a big smile is usually worthless. They are not interested in what is going on with you. This is just traditional behavior. Once again we remember our compatriots.

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Reason №6. Eternal dissatisfaction with someone, someone or something. There is not a single day that I do not see or hear about some kind of meeting, demonstration or strike. Here, women, minorities, people of color, and others are dissatisfied or express dissatisfaction. Any strata or group of the population. They are dissatisfied with the fact that they are oppressed (allegedly oppressed), infringed, not allowed to develop. Sometimes it comes to complete delirium. But, nevertheless, the state reacts to this, tries to do something about it. And this does them honor, what is there to dissemble.

Reason №7. American food. I consider huge portions a very big disadvantage. In addition, all food is somehow too tasty, which suggests the addition of various flavor enhancers. I really don't like it.

Reason №8. Homeless people. There are a huge number of them, especially in large cities. Moreover, they feel very at ease, they are located on the central streets right on the sidewalk. In addition, they behave very defiantly and arrogantly, they ask, no - they demand money or food. This, as you know, delivers a bunch of inconveniences and unpleasant moments.

Reason №9. Tip. In a cafe or restaurant, tips are not included in the bill, but they indicate three recommended amounts: 15%, 20%, 25%. Moreover, it is not customary to leave a tip here. The same situation as with sales tax: the recommended percentage of tip must be added to the invoice amount. Just to look polite.

Reason №10. Medicine prices. If you do not have insurance (and there is no insurance coverage), then a regular ambulance call will cost you $ 1, and an appointment with a therapist who sends you to other doctors will cost you $ 500- $ 200.

Again, this is what strains me in American life. Of course, it is covered by a lot of advantages that I received and receive after moving to the USA, but - nevertheless ...

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