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Sun, December 26, 2021, 10:46 PM

Non-Americans have some strong opinions and questions when it comes to the US, and according to this viral Reddit thread, they’re not afraid to show it.

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Recently, Redditor u/jaycool74 asked non-Americans, “What’s something us Americans aren’t ready to hear?” and the results are fascinating.

Someone holds an American flag high in the air
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Here are some of the top-voted responses:

1.”A lot of your favourite food brands make better versions of their products here. America often gets the short end of the stick.”

u/YodasChick-O-Stick

“American living in Germany — can confirm. Philadelphia cream cheese is so much better here!”

u/bursatella

2.”You are the ‘foreigner’ for me and around 220 countries.”

u/TaikoLeagueReddit

“Apparently, they aren’t ready to hear that people from countries that aren’t ‘America’ don’t consider themselves as being from ‘foreign’ countries.”

u/adlcp

3.”American bathroom stalls are exposed AF. A grown man could crawl under one of ’em, and the vertical gap has a big enough gap to make full-on eye contact with anyone walking by.”

A bathroom stall in a public restroom
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4.”Many other countries get minimum four weeks of paid vacation leave for employees and paid maternity leave — even for the father.”

u/Zahliamischa

5.”Staying alive isn’t something that should cost more than the person’s net worth.”

u/LorckFrak

“You live in the main global superpower. A country that can wipe a lot of other places off the map. Your country has so much wealth — yet people die of treatable health problems because they can’t afford to go to the doctor.”

u/cloudpeak36

6.”The amount of food you waste is wild.”

—u/Commercial_Quarter_6
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7.”The way you add tax to everything at the till is mental. Just tell me what it costs on the fricking label!”

u/Sufficient_Vanilla18

8.”Treating your president like someone you worship is bizarre. As an Aussie, I don’t understand worshipping the royals, either.”

u/Appropriate_Sun6311

9.”The US is a great place to be rich and a bad place to be poor.”

u/IllustriousGuard1943

10.”The quality of your fast food is absolutely horrible compared to that of Canada’s. I’m referring to the same chains: Burger King, McDonald’s, etc.”

A fast food chicken sandwich with fries
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11.”You DO have an accent.”

u/imakeverylittlemoney

12.”It’s okay to have healthcare not tied to your employment with a massive, fat middleman in between.”

u/yongrii

13.”School shootings are an almost uniquely American problem. The rest of the world is disgusted. Truly. The need for children to practice ‘active shooter drills’ is an unfathomable sci-fi dystopian horror for us.”

u/JessieOwl

14.”TURN THE VOLUME DOWN — YOU’RE TOO LOUD.”

Someone cups their mouth to shout
u/captainsnacks11“Americans can always be identified before you see them by their loud voices. I grew up in America, moved to Ireland around 12 years ago, and have learned quite a bit in my time. Now, I see these fresh-off-the-boat American tourists shouting all the time, and I just think, ‘Was I that bad?’ and ‘Why are they so loud?'”—u/ultratunamanTetra Images / Getty Images/Tetra images RF

15.”Forcing students to go into debt for further education is disgusting. One should be able to get more education without having to risk never financially recovering.”

u/uckin_anti_pope

16.”You all eat too much sugar.”

u/whtsinthename

“I lived in the US for six months. Shortly after moving, I bought a loaf of bread and made a sandwich, but it was so sweet! I told my housemates that I think I’d accidentally bought a dessert bread. They tried it. NOPE — regular bread. It was just FULL of sugar!”

u/goldboldsold

17.”Seriously though, why is it so expensive to call an ambulance?”

u/Single_Ad6775

18.”Tipping in America is BS. Owners of restaurants and places need to pay normal wages.”

A cash tip left on a restaurant table
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19.”Your lack of a cohesive trade union movement screws your lowest-income workers and allows/encourages your political parties to pander only to the elite.”

u/juzzy23

20.”Your education system is far worse than you think.”

u/mdsMW

“Not just worse, but also really, really bad in terms of metrics and history.”

u/BeastmasterBG

21.”The world doesn’t revolve around your country.”

u/rayyfcb19

22.”Not everyone speaks English in the rest of the world. Learn another language; it’s good for the soul and the brain.”

A group of friends having a conversation
u/chillbill1“The worst part is when they make fun of or belittle foreigners for their accents or incorrect choice of vocabulary — when they only speak English and said foreigner speaks two or more languages already.”—u/Its_DizzeeTom Werner / Getty Images

23.”The World Series only happens in the US.”

u/Kommonwealth

24.”If you tell me you’re Polish, but you were born in USA, never went to Poland, never learned the language, and you don’t give a f*ck? Yeah, you’re not Polish — you’re American. Same goes for any other nationality.”

u/Robert_Kurwica

“Just because your grandma or whatever was Irish/Italian/German etc., doesn’t mean you’re Irish/Italian/German etc. — and that’s okay.”

u/TheAndorran

And finally…

25.”We aren’t jealous of you, like, at all.”

u/Junkmatt

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WHEW. What do you think of these points? Non-Americans, what are some other things Americans aren’t ready to hear? Let us know in the comments below.

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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