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Here you can, but in America you can’t: what rules do immigrants most often violate in the USA?

Coming to the USA, very often we continue to do what we are used to. But the laws in different states do not always allow you to do ordinary things at first glance. What you can't do in California and what you can be fined for, the author said blog "Interesting America" ​​on "Yandex.Zen".

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To fish

“To go fishing, that is, to come, as we are used to, with a fishing rod to the shore of a reservoir and catch a whole bucket of crucian carp, then bring it home and rejoice. - writes the author. “More precisely, you can fish, but before that you need to obtain a special permit in the United States.”

Such permissions are different. They are issued for a specific period. In addition, they have restrictions on the number of fish and its size, as well as a list of reservoirs prohibited for fishing.

“Special police departments regularly conduct raids and catch those fishermen who fish without a license, as well as poachers who scatter their nets and try to catch more than they should,” the blogger writes. “Therefore, if you want to fish in the USA and not get a huge fine, find out in advance whether you can fish in a particular body of water, what gear is prohibited and what are the restrictions on the number and size of fish.”

Don't clean up after the dog

In the CIS countries, people increasingly began to clean up after their pets on the street, but still most people perceive it as something natural, as part of nature, and generally do not clean it.

In the United States, if you don't clean up after your dog on the street, you can get a pretty big fine. And usually, when people are walking with their pets in the street, a small roll of bags can be seen on the leash to immediately remove the excrement.

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Therefore, everyone who decides to have a pet should know what will need to be cleaned after him.

“In addition, you will need to pay between $20 and $50 monthly for a dog (California) if you are renting,” the author writes.

Throw in a mailbox

In the United States, it is forbidden to put any things in mailboxes, except for letters and parcels marked with mail. This is done for the safety of postmen and other people. Violation of the rule will result in a $ 5 fine.

Make major repairs

In the USA, it is forbidden to make major repairs without prior approval.

“If you want to tear down a wall in your apartment/house, re-arrange the floor, install new sockets, you need to obtain a special repair license for this,” writes the blogger. “In addition, after major repairs or reconstruction of a house or apartment, your tax rate may be changed, as for an already modernized object.”

But at the same time, if your floor creaks and a pipe burst, then it is not necessary to call a specialist, you can fix everything yourself. Coordination is necessary only for major overhaul, renovation of an apartment or house.

Parking in a private area

“If you want to park at a restaurant opposite your house, you may be fined, your car may be towed, and the police may be called. It will be good if you get off with a reprimand,” writes the author.

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Record conversations

“It is prohibited to film and record people without their consent and permission. You should always ask permission to record a telephone conversation or videotape. It happens that people avoid cameras if they don’t want to be filmed, but more often than not they wave their hand and are loyal to being filmed, the blogger writes. “Moreover, conversations with government agencies cannot be recorded without warning.”

Encourage performance

In the USA, as in other countries, it is strictly forbidden to give bribes, to encourage employees of various government departments. In the US, you shouldn't even try to establish informal communication with police officers, firefighters, teachers, and other government officials.

“Moreover, when communicating with a police officer, you need to be extremely calm, answer questions clearly, do not make sudden movements, and do not make fun of the officers, as this may be the reason for the arrest. They may decide that your behavior is inappropriate, and then you will have to spend a long time trying to figure out what happened, what you meant, and so on. When communicating with a police officer, you need to show respect,” writes the blogger.


In the United States, smoking is prohibited in cafes, restaurants, in other premises, near the entrance to shopping centers, subways. In places familiar to us, where you can usually find smokers, in the United States, this is extremely difficult to see.

“Moreover, in some cities it is prohibited to smoke on the street, for example, in the cities of Silicon Valley. In these cities there is a very high level of condemnation of smokers, the author writes. “We can say that in the United States it is now irrelevant to be a smoker; a small percentage of society smokes, and they do it in specially designated places.”

Spank and scream at children

In the United States, it is forbidden to raise a hand to children, shout and swear violently. And not only in public places, but also in private houses and apartments.

“If the neighbors hear that you are constantly swearing very strongly at your children, they are guaranteed to call social services. They, in turn, will conduct a conversation in order to find out why this is happening, what is the basis of the conflict, what is happening to the children, and so on,” writes the blogger.

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But this does not mean that if you suddenly raised your voice to a child, you will be deprived of parental rights. But, if you regularly raise your voice or beat your child, then deprivation of parental rights is quite possible.

In fact, Americans know how not to yell at children, and children obey them. You can not shout for the fact that the child is guilty, but rather calmly talk to him. If an adult does not succeed in this, you can take special courses to find a common language with the child.

Pirated content

This ban is usually very surprising for immigrants from the CIS.

“The fact is that after people come to the USA, out of habit they start downloading movies, games, programs for working with torrent trackers, and then they receive a letter from the local provider,” the blogger writes.

In the United States, the law on intellectual property, in contrast to the CIS countries, is actually being implemented. And, if you violated it, automatically the provider that provides Internet services sends the first warning.

“If a person continues and ignores the warning, then his Internet will be turned off and he will no longer be able to use the services of this provider. In addition, providers also send letters to special government departments, after which the violator faces a fine,” writes the author.

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