9 Things to Never Do in the United States, According to Americans

Billy Rogers

Healthcare Costs

The cost of healthcare in the United States is notoriously high, so getting sick without adequate insurance coverage can result in significant financial burden.

Line Etiquette

Americans generally take line-cutting seriously. Unlike some cultures where people might silently disapprove,

Political Symbolism

The mention of "red hats" refers to a specific type of headwear often associated with political statements.

Offensive Language

Certain words, such as "c*nt," carry more weight and offense in the US compared to other English-speaking countries.

Trespassing Risks

The warning that "trespassers will be shot" is not uncommon in some parts of rural America. Property owners take trespassing seriously, especially in areas where hunting or personal safety is a concern.

Tax on Purchases

In most states across the US, the price displayed on items for sale does not include sales tax. The final amount paid at the cash register will be higher due to additional state and local taxes.

Legal Drinking Age

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21. Attempting to use an argument based on a lower drinking age in another country is unlikely to succeed and may lead to issues for both the individual and the establishment serving alcohol.

Tipping Culture

Tipping is a significant part of the service industry in the US. Waitstaff and servers often rely on tips as a substantial portion of their income because base wages can be very low (often just a few dollars per hour).

Racial Sensitivities

Certain terms and phrases, even if used innocently or casually in other cultures, can carry deeply offensive racial connotations in the US.

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