What’s totally acceptable and completely normal in one country might get you some funny looks elsewhere. Or, in other words, welcome to Planet Earth where there are loads of different countries and cultures that are bound to blow your mind when you travel.

This time, we’re looking at the differences between the United States and the United Kingdom. Even though both countries have a ‘special relationship’ (not to mention a rocky initial history together), far from everything is the same there. Hopping ‘over the pond’ means traveling a large distance both physically and culturally, too. Like you'd expect when going to any new country when you fly abroad.

Redditor TownImmediate9060 went on r/AskReddit and wanted to find out what’s socially acceptable in the US but would be horrifying in the UK. The thread went viral and the responses made us seriously realize the extent of the differences between the two allies. Check out some of the best answers below and remember to upvote your fave ones, dear Pandas.

#1

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Healthcare that bankrupts you

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ZeroHargreaves057
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1 month ago

Mhm! Exactly!

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#2

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Paying more than the price you see on a price tag in a shop due to taxes. WTF just put how much it costs!

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Yeah, that also bothered me as well

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#3

Cashiers being forced to stand... give them a chair you masochists

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Shelp
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1 month ago

This weirds me out every time

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Britain continues to use soft power to spread its influence abroad. Its cultural impact is off the charts. Just consider how influential the Harry Potter books, musicians like Ed Sheeran, and football entities like the Premier League really are.

They’re known and respected globally. As such, the UK’s able to draw in plenty of tourists (global pandemic notwithstanding because it’s hit everyone badly) and students from abroad because it remains at the forefront of people’s minds.

#4

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Politicians mentioning religion when campaigning

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Hans
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1 month ago

Religion should have no room in politics anywhere. (But for positive values such as grace of charity.)

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#5

New mothers going back to work almost immediately after giving birth, because they don’t have paid maternity leave

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I I
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1 month ago

that's just SAD , very , very SAD

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#6

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK An $800, four-block ambulance ride.

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Downunderdude
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1 month ago

Anything about the so-called American health system is a mystery to the rest of the world.

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However, research shows that the confusion and uncertainty around the long-term effects that Brexit, the UK’s exit from the European Union, will have slightly dampened the country’s influence abroad.

Meanwhile, the British Council found that it’s actually culture, not politics, that deepens the ties between the UK and the US. And it’s culture that’s going to play a vital role in the future of both nations as well.

#7

That whole thing where American kids pledge their allegiance to the flag. That is completely weird and scarily totalitarian to us Brits.

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Not only to Brits!

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#8

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Overworking. It's rewarded and encouraged in the U.S., but during my time in the U.K. my colleagues were horrified by the long hours and lack of holidays that was the norm in the U.S.

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Downunderdude
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1 month ago

What an awful soulless place. And I'm guessing the only reason they give them what looks like expensive chairs is so they don't get sued for workplace injury.

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#9

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Greeters in supermarkets. Just feels fake.

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

Are greeters real? I thought the Simpson's was exaggerating. I guess in a country so massive, you gta find a way to stand out? Still seems weird tho

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“Culture and history were the two top rated factors contributing to the UK’s attractiveness among American respondents, with 43% identifying ‘cultural and historic attractions’ as a major draw and 42% identifying ‘history,’” the British Council explains what it discovered in its research.

#10

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Driving everywhere.

In the UK it's perfectly normal to have your kid walk to school and walking to the shops to do your shopping.

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Something
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1 month ago

This varies in the US too. In most cities it's normal not to have a car, but not in places where most people don't live within walking distance to anything.

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#11

Offering full-time employees anything less than 28 days of paid holidays per year - it's not only socially unacceptable - it's illegal!

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

not in the US.....

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#12

Bragging about how expensive something was.

In the US "this is a $100 shirt" ...smug face

In the UK "can you believe I got this whole suit for £25!" ...smug face

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A Cat Named Dragon
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1 month ago

Americans love a good discount too.

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Despite some of the more superficial cultural differences between the US and the UK, both nations appear to care about pretty much the same issues.

“The research showed a high degree of shared concern about global issues among young people in both countries with poverty, extremism/terrorism, and climate change as the top factors chosen by young people in both the US and UK,” the British Council found. “The research suggests the relationship between the two countries is at root a cultural as much as a political phenomenon, and viewed in those terms it is indeed special.”

#13

Labelling the winner of a sports tournament that only your country plays as ‘World Champions’

Calling Football ‘Soccer’

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Paul Davis
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1 month ago

We're not the only ones doing that. No one seems to blink at the audacity of the Miss Universe beauty contest, where Earth seems to win every time.

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#14

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK A rubber in England is not the same as a rubber in the US.

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Downunderdude
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1 month ago

In the UK, a durex is (or used to be) a condom. In Australia, it's sticky tape. Best not to get them confused.

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#15

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Gaps in bathroom stalls

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Again, horrifying everywhere in the world

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Ironically, the actual term ‘special relationship’ sees very little use in the US, primarily being a British way of categorizing the tight bonds between the two nations. However, this doesn’t change the fact that both countries are very much skipping along arm-in-arm, primarily admiring each other’s cultural output (leaving politics a secondary concern).

#16

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Making tea in a microwave.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

This is horrifying for the rest of the world not just the UK!!

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#17

When my Brit friends were visiting, they were horrified when the waiter took their credit card to swipe back at the terminal. This made them REALLY uncomfortable.

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Shelp
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1 month ago

I would have been too!

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#18

Cutting lines for things, I’ve seen some people when going to Disney world trying to cut lines for random reasons. Queueing in the uk is like our national sport

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Respect the queue! This should be everywhere!

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Redditor TownImmediate9060’s thread about the differences between the US and the UK was a roaring success. It got more than 67.7k upvotes in just over a week. What’s more, the thread got over 51k comments which just goes to show that the OP hit the nail on the head and chose a niche topic that plenty of folks were interested in.

The thread also got over 300 awards, proving that TownImmediate9060’s fellow Reddit users really appreciated them asking the question in the first place.

#19

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK My (British) partner & I (American) were in London, running late to meet our friends. Just as we get to the tube station, I see our train has just pulled in; we haul ass across platform and I yell, “HOLD THE DOOR.” Someone does, we make the train, I don’t see a problem. My partner, by contrast, is mortified. This was 4-5 years ago & he is still mortified. Apparently we were meant to just...let the train leave? Without us?? & wait for the next one???

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

On the tube, there's absolutely no reason to "hold the door". The next one will be in in a few minutes, and you will just be a little late. By holding, everyone on the train will be late, and there is actually a possibility that it travels down the line, delaying several trains.

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#20

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Asking new neighbors, "Have you found a church yet?"

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JuJu
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1 month ago

That would be weird.

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#21

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Huge portion sizes. Kids meal in U.S is like a adult meal in U.K.

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Hans
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1 month ago

"supersize me"

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What’s your opinion about the relationship between the US and the UK, dear Readers? What, in your opinion, makes this relationship between the two special? What do you think are the main cultural differences between Americans and Brits? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. We’d absolutely love to get your take on this, especially if you’re currently living in the US or the UK.

#22

I was in Japan once and there was a vending machine selling beer outside my hotel room.

So, being British, I bought a can and went to the elevator where I shared an excruciating couple of minutes with two American business men. They were horrified at my early day drinking, and I at their willingness to express this.

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Shelp
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1 month ago

What's particularly wrong with day drinking? I mean, night won't reduce your drunkenness

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#23

As a Brit in the US, this is a fun one!

Pharmaceutical adverts on the TV are still weird af to me

The length and frequency of commercial breaks in general on TV is shocking

Low hanging fruit, but anything relating to child beauty pageants just makes me feel physically sick

Here's a nice one: taking 20+ minutes to help a complete stranger who is struggling with something. The amount of times a total stranger has stopped to assist me or someone I know? Y'all really make my heart melt!

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A Cat Named Dragon
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1 month ago

This happens in the UK too. I am a woman and I traveled by train with a suitcase too heavy for me to lift and always some lovely man immediately assisted me with getting on and off.

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#24

Spray on cheese

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Felicor Bongolan
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1 month ago

That's horrifying!

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#25

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Addressing a stranger as ‘Sir’

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

To me, this sounds like a good style. How would you address a stranger in the UK?

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#26

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK Responding to work emails while on leave/vacation.

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N G
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1 month ago

I fear this one may be culturally appropriated - I'm in the UK and have worked for people who have done this, and been "encouraged" to do this myself. I have offered once (but that was because it was a big, serious project, and my time off was looking after the MIL's house for two days and I was BORED!)

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#27

Socially-Acceptable-Us-Horrifying-UK high fructose corn syrup

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Gillbella
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1 month ago

Vile stuff

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#28

Chanting the acronym of your country at any given opportunity.

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Downunderdude
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1 month ago

Aussie, aussie, aussie, oi oi oi.

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#29

I don’t know how common it actually is there, but going fucking wild at the cinema during a hugely popular film like Avengers: Endgame or a Star Wars film. There’s a bunch of videos on YouTube of the audience reactions to various big franchise films and I don’t know how anybody lasts more than a few minutes in that room.

When I saw The Force Awakens, like two people half-heartedly cheered when the title screen came up and then someone immediately told them to shut up.

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

While talking about american cinemas, why don't they have seat reservation? In Sweden, we book in advance, choosing our seats by how many we are, where the screen is and availability.

Dippin Dot
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1 month ago

We have that in the US.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Nothing much to cheer about in The Force Awakens, in my opinion.

Virgil Blue
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1 month ago

I felt relief when it was over. Haven't watched any of the Disney trilogy ever again.

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Lorelei
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1 month ago

Here’s what happens when I see a movie:everyone sits down, we all chuckle at funny parts, and I whisper to whoever is sitting next to us to move a bit so I can use the bathroom.

CatWoman312
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1 month ago

What movie did they attend? I don’t watch kids movies in theaters due to unruly kids, but aside from funny moments we laugh and scary moments we jump or scream I’ve never seen this

Chris Meyers
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1 month ago

Bah - its fun.

Hugo A-niro
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1 month ago

I think it's cool. Long time ago I saw moonstruck in my italian neighborhood and when movie started with "that's amore" every one in the theater started singing

Id row
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1 month ago

God, I wish we had that system here. The asylum like environment is why I don't go to movies anymore.

Phil Vaive
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1 month ago

I'm in Canada, and watching Endgame on opening night in a packed thatre that was cheering and crying was an AMAZING experience. It was honestly one of the most fun experiences of my life.

KatHat
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1 month ago

I saw Endgame in London, at the IMAX, and the crowd was the most raucous I have ever been in (for a cinema). And currently I live in America. I think this person's experiences have been limited.

Vicky Z
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1 month ago

I would find that so annoying! Why to cheer?? I didn't do that even when i was a teenager!

Pedro
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1 month ago

For me it's f@cking cellphones. TURN THE BLOODY THING OFF

Leo Domitrix
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1 month ago

It should be global law: No cellphones can work in theaters and cinemas. it makes NO sense to me to pay to see the show and then spend half of it *texting*, yet people do this. Why?!

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Mari Bryant
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1 month ago

It's not common. But glad you watched it on youtube. 🙄

Paul Davis
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1 month ago

Have grown up in the U.S., can't stand loud theater-goers. Unless they're adorable kids, of course, and then only to a degree.

Virgil Blue
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1 month ago

Had that I'm a Dutch cinema once. Clapping and howling during the movie. Everybody was staring. I mean don't these people know they are annoying others and the big people on the screen can't hear them?

Virginia Davis
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1 month ago

These are my people. I'll go see movies with them. 😂

Megan Johnson
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1 month ago

It's mostly midnight showings that are a bit of a todo. It's typically the first showing at any given theater and people dress up and wait in line to get in. Actually a lot of fun. People do cheer and stuff but everyone is very quiet during the film because it's typically a room full of big fans. It's one of my favorite things.

Marcellus the Third
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1 month ago

Audience participation (positive or critical/witty) at all movies used to be an NY thing.

Isabel Care
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1 month ago

Gave up the cinema a couple of decades ago. Couldn't stand the stench, temperature, film volume (talking very quietly then suddenly having incredibly loud effects) noisy people, uncomfortable seating and expensive tickets.

Savs Dreams
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1 month ago

We have that in the US now - and they charge a service fee for purchasing your tickets online! I'm literally being charged to do a ticket handler's job.

backatya
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1 month ago

The only time I heard anything during those films was when someone died or if the line was funny.

Tim Haight
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1 month ago

This why I dont go to the movies besides being very expensive and dealing with the overprices snaks

Triv
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1 month ago (edited)

I haven't been to a cinema in AGES! 😭 They're blasted expensive!

Freya Fluharty
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1 month ago

I went to see a Bond film in the US in 1977. Before the opening credits there was a scene where Bond escaped via a union flag parachute. The rest of the auditorium cheered and clapped! What? Why?

DG
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1 month ago

I would be that person shushing people 😂 I've been that person... If you want to make noises, stay the f*** home!

Hollysmom
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1 month ago

Yeah, weird. Also, when people kiss and everyone says "wooo". GMAB

WhatEvenIsLife
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1 month ago

Here in Texas we have the Alamo Drafthouse, which is a chain of cinemas that has extremely strict rules about behavior during films. If someone near you is being noisy, you can slip a note to the waiters (they serve food during the movie) and they'll give the person a warning. If they do it again, they'll get kicked out. No kids allowed in non-kid-friendly movies, no cell phones out during the movie. It's the only theater I ever want to go to. Can't believe how inconsiderate your average grown-ass adult is.

Susan Widomski
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1 month ago

Cinema is definitely a different experience from country to country. I remember going to a theater in Germany when I was five. My favorite part was the cherry chocolate with liquor in it. Took my Mom a while to figure out why I thought I was so good.

Jim Day
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1 month ago

We are an excitable bunch. Just wait until we invade.

Alex De Leon
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1 month ago

Y'all are soulless. You're telling me you had no urge to clap or anything when all the dead heroes and all the heroes from different films, charged Thanos's army? It's the best part of the movie.

Tamika Love
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1 month ago

Mmm I don’t do theaters often but crowed reactions are amazing to me. If I wanted to be alone reacting in silence I’d stay home. This different from ppl being complete butts during the movie.

Peko
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1 month ago

Around here there's no differentiation between the two.

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Sorry for enjoying things..? I guess? If everyone in the room is enjoying this, why is it a problem?

Alan Green
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1 month ago

I doubt EVERYONE in the room is enjoying not being able to hear what's going on when they paid good money to see/hear it.

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#30

Refuse a drink to a grown-ass taxpaying 20 year old

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Alma Mater
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1 month ago

driving alone at 16 but having to wait till you're 21 to drink a beer ??? doesn't make sense

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