24 common American customs that are Seen as offensive in other countries

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23. Tipping

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For instance in a country like Japan and South Korea tipping is seen as an insult. In those countries, workers feel they are getting paid to do their job, and take pride in doing it well; they don’t need an added incentive.

Hey! but not America, life over there, tipping as a form gratuities are normal, like adding sales tax at the register. To foreign visitors, though, the very idea can induce anxiety or panic.

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  1. > In a lot of countries, especially in the Middle East, Latin America, Western Africa, Russia and Greece, a thumbs up basically has the same meaning as holding up a middle finger does for Americans.

    In Russia, a thumbs up basically has the same meaning as it does in the US (as well as holding up a middle finger).