Not too long ago, we have covered the issue of tourists not really understanding the limits and restrictions of the place they are visiting, i.e. Hawai’i, and then causing a lot of trouble along the way, leading to all of the reasons why Hawai’ians don’t really want visitors any more.

So, why not get ahead of things and nail down some of the actions, behaviors and… things to not do while visiting the U.S., as shared by folks on AskReddit, particularly in this modest thread.

Bored Panda has crafted a curated list with some of the best responses to the now viral question, if visiting America, what is something that [people] should NEVER do?, which you can check out below. And don’t forget to give us those upvotes if you genuinely agree or like the submissions, because we love you, and comment some of your don’ts in the U.S. in the comment section below.

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#1

Do Not Trashtalk American Customs

Do Not Trashtalk American Customs Don’t talk about how you think a holiday or American custom is stupid if you are invited to someone’s home. We had a guest from Germany once, who was invited to my parents house for Thanksgiving . The whole day she talked about how it wasn’t a real holiday and it was just an excuse for fat Americans to eat more. It was extremely insulting and made the day unpleasant for everyone. If you are invited to someone’s home, at least try to to be polite.

Summerswaterfall , Joe Shlabotnik Report

Terry Tobias
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2 months ago

That should be true for everywhere.

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#2

Do Not Swim In Standing Bodies Of Water In Florida

Do Not Swim In Standing Bodies Of Water In Florida If you find yourself in Florida, absolutely do not swim in the lakes, ditches, or channels. Any standing body of water can (and does) have alligators in it. Also possibly water moccasins. And maybe even diseases.

Dobbys_Other_Sock , Trish Hartmann Report

Mark Alibozek
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2 months ago

Don't forget about the toxic algae

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#3

Do Not Go Into The Wilderness Unprepared

Do Not Go Into The Wilderness Unprepared Do NOT go into the wilderness unprepared. If a trail says 2 miles and 2000' of elevation gain, that's not a nature walk.

Do NOT approach wild Animals. Yea, the moose looks big and stupid, but he'll kill you. So will the bears, mountain lions, alligators, snakes.

projecthouse , Denali National Park and Preserve Report

DD
Community Member
2 months ago

Have a cousin lives in anchorage Alaska. He sent me a pic of a moose laying in the yard across the street. I said oh, it's like on northern exposure (a television show on at the time.). He said no. His was a city moose. The moose on NE was a country moose. I asked what's the difference. He said city moose are somewhat used to people around and tend to be not aggressive. The country moose will just flat out kill you.

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#4

Do Not Assume Places Will Be Walkable, Or Rely On Public Transport Alone; Also Friendly American Alert

Do Not Assume Places Will Be Walkable, Or Rely On Public Transport Alone; Also Friendly American Alert Don't underestimate the size of the U.S. We get a lot of international visitors who think they can hit Disneyworld and the Grand Canyon in one or two days. America is huge. We've got 50 states for a reason.

Also, don't expect things to be extremely walkable, or assume a decent public transportation system will be available to you. Urban areas usually have good public transport but truthfully, America is built around having a car. We have drive thru everything - banks, pharmacies, fast food, and in some states, liquor stores.

Don't get weirded out if Americans wave and randomly want to chat you up. We're a pretty talkative bunch, but do watch out for hot-button topics (for example, politics...we're a hot mess right now).

LadySiren , Roger Ahlbrand Report

Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago

Also don't assume that because of where you are people aren't friendly. Us New Yorkers are assumed to be assholes but really we're not all bad.

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#5

Do Not Underestimate Travel Distances

Do Not Underestimate Travel Distances Underestimate distances. When I was a tour guide, far too many customers asked how many HOURS the train to New York was [in seattle] and I had to put their jaw back in when I said 5 days.

a9249 , nakashi Report

Queenie-Poo
Community Member
2 months ago

I think Europeans are just unaware of how massive the US as a single country really is. I have a friend in the UK whose mind was blown when he realized that Paris is a hundred miles closer to him in Manchester than I am in northern Arizona to Bakersfield, CA where my kid's best friend lives.

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#6

Do Not Leave Without Tipping Restaurant Staff

Do Not Leave Without Tipping Restaurant Staff Whether you agree with it or not (and the Redditland consensus is not), but please do not leave a restaurant without tipping (unless you've had really bad service). Again, the debate on this can be had another day, but right now, IRL, these servers depend upon these tips.

llcucf80 , Joanna Poe Report

Nikki Sevven
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2 months ago

Punishing your server will not cause his employer to suddenly begin paying a living wage.

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#7

Do Not Wear Clothes That Allude To Hell's Angels

Do Not Wear Clothes That Allude To Hell's Angels Wear clothing that has any imagery associated with Hells Angels. I was once at the convention centre in San Francisco during the setup of an event, and happened to be wearing a t shirt that had a variation of the “death head” logo on it (I had no idea - it was a cheap t shirt bought in the U.K. that I liked the look of). There was a guy riding round on a fork lift that kept staring at me and talking to his buddies. Eventually he came over and asked if I was associated at all with the Hells Angels. When I said no, he basically told me that if I was spotted outside wearing that t shirt by a member of the gang, I’d be in a whole heap of trouble. He was so insistent that he virtually escorted me back to my hotel to change it. At the time I couldn’t believe it, I was like “mate it’s just a t shirt I bought for 10 quid from TK Maxx” but in hindsight he probably did me a favour.

mangetoutrodders , Ann Larie Valentine Report

Terry Tobias
Community Member
2 months ago

That guy was super nice to let you know this!

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#8

Do Not Exit The Vehicle If You've Been Pulled Over By The Police

Do Not Exit The Vehicle If You've Been Pulled Over By The Police If pulled over by the cops, do not exit the vehicle unless they ask you to. The cops might sit in their vehicle for a while, & then they will approach the window & expect you to talk to them while sitting in the car.

yahdinguus , My Photo Journeys Report

DD
Community Member
2 months ago

Absolutely correct. If you are told to exit the vehicle, don't argue. Cops have a legal right to order you from the vehicle. Just follow their directives. You can argue your issues in court later if need be. On the side of the road is not the place to do it.

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#9

Do Not Ignore The Tourist Advice Of The Locals

Do Not Ignore The Tourist Advice Of The Locals If locals tell you not to go to a certain part of town, listen to them. Similarly, don't go touring drug or gang territory.

CalypsoContinuum , Mike McBey Report

Daniel Yamada
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I'm going to restore that car so I can take my children on a great adventure in it. Then I will marry the daughter of the owner of the local candy factory.

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#10

Don’t Talk About GRAPE

Don’t Talk About GRAPE Don’t talk about GRAPE

Guns
Religion
Abortion
Politics
Economics

xandrenia , Phil Whitehouse Report

DD
Community Member
2 months ago

Never heard it phrased like that but that is a grape, I mean great bit of advice. Some people take those issues so serially I've seen most lead to fights.

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#11

Do Not Approach Raccoons

Do Not Approach Raccoons Legoboy514 said:
Raccoons are cute… but from a distance.

seapancaketouchr replied:
I had two f*ckers break into my condo and steal my dogs food. And as they went over the wall of my patio it was like watching a fat middle aged man do an obstacle course.

Legoboy514 , Tambako The Jaguar Report

Geoff
Community Member
2 months ago

How about let's expand that to "do not approach any wild animals". I don't care how many times you've seen a Disney movie... wild animals bite and claw... they don't sing and dance.

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#12

Do Not Visit The Hospital, Unless It's Absolutely Necessary

Do Not Visit The Hospital, Unless It's Absolutely Necessary Don't go to the hospital unless absolutely necessary. The memes don't lie, they'll charge you $2,100 for a s***ty Walgreens splint and an x-ray.

paloofthesanto , Presidencia de la República Mexicana Report

Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw that's how much my broken finger cost in 1999. Nice little clean break, go to hospital, get an xray, get a little $4 splint and a bill for $2100. I was a teen and learned that sometimes, if you think it's broken just wrap it up and don't do anything to worsen it. Hospitals are only for major health issues

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#13

Do Not Underestimate The Intense Heat Of The Southwest U.S.

Do Not Underestimate The Intense Heat Of The Southwest U.S. Visiting south west USA? Cali. Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, ect. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE HEAT, all to often people try a hike in 113° and end up needing rescue. And that's no good for anyone.

papamac1111 , James Burrell Report

Queenie-Poo
Community Member
2 months ago

And don't UNDERESTIMATE it either! Northern Arizona is quite a bit cooler than southern Arizona, but it's just as dry and the sun is just as intense. HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE and either cover up or slather on that sunscreen or you'll end up rounding out your trip with a very expensive hospital bill.

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#14

Do Not Try To Bribe An Officer Of The Law

Do Not Try To Bribe An Officer Of The Law Do not attempt bribe a police officer. It's common in some countries, but it will land you in a world of s**t here.

rimshot101 , Kristina D.C. Hoeppner Report

Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago

You can in many South American countries and Mexico. My dad has bribed himself out of many speeding tickets 😁

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#15

Do Not Assume The Price On The Item Is Actually What It Costs Because Taxes

Do Not Assume The Price On The Item Is Actually What It Costs Because Taxes Don’t assume that the price shown on an item for sale is your price for said item.

There are almost always taxes that are added to the price when you go to pay.

Red_Queen592 , Lachlan Hardy Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

Lets make shopping difficult!

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#16

Do Not Make Extended Eye Contact With Folks On The Subway In New York

Do Not Make Extended Eye Contact With Folks On The Subway In New York If you’re in a New York City subway, try not to make too much eye contact or look too long at people around you. Old guy lighting up a crack pipe near the door between cars? Just ignore the smell. Woman near you screaming at the top of her lungs at her silent child? Keep listening to your music. Someone digging through their bag, muttering to themselves, and throwing rose petals on the floor like they’re preparing for a seance? Just keep staring blankly at your phone. Trust me.

Jroks2 , Veni Report

Michael Deyette
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the kind of post that reminds me why I want to leave society.

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#17

Do Not Give Retail Staff A Hard Time

Do Not Give Retail Staff A Hard Time Give retail employees a hard time about paying sales tax. We know you don't live here—the register and the government don't care.

burnercellular , Midnight Believer Report

dream of delusion
Community Member
2 months ago

maybe.. don’t give retail employees a hard time, period

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#18

Do Not Walk Around In Public With An Open Alcohol Container

Do Not Walk Around In Public With An Open Alcohol Container Don't think the laws are the same everywhere. You can walk with an open alcohol container in Vegas but not many other places. Alcohol laws, pot laws, firearms laws, smoking - lots of very different laws depending on the state and city where you are.

Babstana , Sara Report

Terry Tobias
Community Member
2 months ago

Always check first! And don't just ask a local... they might think they know but could be wrong. Google it and search that state's (and sometimes local) laws.

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#19

Do Not Forget To Refrigerate Eggs And Milk

Do Not Forget To Refrigerate Eggs And Milk Don’t forget to put eggs and milk in the fridge. We do stuff to them that makes them require refrigeration.

Edited; it’s not homogenization. Just know that the way we process them makes them, much like Americans, spoiled without Air conditioning.

GoddessOfOddness , Celeste Lindell Report

LAS
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL, spoiled without Air conditioning, love it!

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#20

Don't Take Pictures With People In Costumes In LA Or NYC

Don't Take Pictures With People In Costumes In LA Or NYC 541mya said:
Don't take pictures with the people dressed up in costumes in LA/ NYC.

nsci2ece replied:
They'll immediately expect payment for it.

This only applies to photos where you pose directly with them. Taking photos of them from a distance is fine.

541mya , Loren Javier Report

Scarbez
Community Member
2 months ago

That means people dressed up working in their own gig. Does not apply to for example Disney workers and so on

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#21

Do Not Assume Sunshine Means Warm Weather In The Midwest Or Northeast

Do Not Assume Sunshine Means Warm Weather In The Midwest Or Northeast If you are coming to the Midwest or northeast during winter be prepared and don’t think sunshine means warm weather. It can be deceptively cold. :)

Hefty-Anywhere-2710 , DaPuglet Report

TheFox
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep...Minnesota is sunny for most of the winter...doesn't stop it from being -10°F or less for weeks

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#22

Do Not Take Things From National Parks

Do Not Take Things From National Parks Objective-Dingo6603 said:
Do not take anything from national parks.

floorwantshugs replied:
Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints*.

*on the designated trails. Do not under any circumstances step on the cryptobiotic soil.

Themasterofcomedy209 replied:
Unless you want to become another missing 411 case where people speculate if you were abducted by Bigfoot.

Objective-Dingo6603 , Pom' Report

Queenie-Poo
Community Member
2 months ago

Staying on the designated path isn't just to protect the environment. It's also for your own safety. Our national parks still have plenty of apex predators like bears and mountain lions.

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#23

Do Not Photograph The Amish

Do Not Photograph The Amish Do not take pictures of the Amish. It's really rude to them.

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Trevor Nicholson
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok but like literally, just don't take pictures of people without permission. Not just people with specific religious views, but literally any strangers. Just because yes it is fully legal to take photos of people in public, it doesn't mean it isn't creepy, weird, and/or rude.

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#24

Do Not Cut In Line

Do Not Cut In Line macaronsforeveryone said:
Don’t cut in line. We hate that.

EnchantedPancake replied:
About a year ago I had a dumb [woman] drive in front of me at the Starbucks drive thru. I was so happy she did too. As soon as it was her turn to order, I layed into my horn for as long as it took for her to become frustrated and leave because her order could not be heard LMAO. No one deserves to get walked on like that.

macaronsforeveryone , David Morris Report

Sue From Michigan
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm pretty sure this is an unspoken rule in every country.

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#25

Do Not Stray From The Path

Do Not Stray From The Path When visiting tourist places, if there are signs instructing you to “stay on the path” or “please do **not** touch” or “**no** flash photography” or a guide at the place asks you to please refrain from doing something….

DO AS THEY (or the sign) ASK! It’s no different than when the tourism is in reverse.

chibinoi , Tim Dorr Report

Kona Pake
Community Member
2 months ago

Do not try to pet the little round ball of cactus, it will attack you.

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#26

Do Not Stop Driving In A Neighborhood Where Folks Are Shirtless

If you're driving through a neighbourhood where people have their shirts off, do not stop for anyone. You have reached the bad part of town and want to leave it as soon as possible.

Maybe not true for all places but in the land of limitless guns and crazy people it's not a bad rule of thumb.

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WoodenLion
Community Member
2 months ago

probably right - move like you know where you are going and keep your chin up. literally.

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#27

Do Not Engage With Folks Who Ask What You'll Be Doing The Next Day In Las Vegas

Do Not Engage With Folks Who Ask What You'll Be Doing The Next Day In Las Vegas If you're visiting Las Vegas, do *not* engage with anyone that asks if you'll be in town tomorrow night. They're trying to rope you into a timeshare presentation and even though they'll offer free show tickets, meal vouchers, and even cash, it's not worth it! The tour and "short" presentation will be way longer (and obnoxiously higher pressure) than you'd expect and they know damn well after you've invested a few hours you're not going to leave without the promised reward that they only give you at the very end.

These people are most often found at the entrances to malls or casinos at what can be easily mistaken for information booths. Either just say "no" no matter how long you're actually still going to be there or flat-out ignore them.

Also don't accept the cards being handed out by people in brightly colored shirts on the strip unless you want a promo for strippers.

Tangent_ , Mathieu Lebreton Report

Paul Davis
Community Member
2 months ago

The rewards the timeshare guys promise always turn out to be cheap garbage also

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#28

Do Not Haggle

Do Not Haggle [Do not] haggle. There are times it’s appropriate to haggle in the US, but none of them are going to come up on your tourist trip. In the US, haggling is basically reserved for high-ticket items and certain services. You can’t haggle for things in a store or at a restaurant. The people you’re talking to usually don’t have the power to change the price, and if they do, they still won’t want to. The exceptions would be of the thing in the store is damaged (and they might not reduce the price, they might just take the broken one from you and find you a decent one), or if the person you’re dealing with is a criminal (ex; the guys who sell stolen purses, fake sunglasses, and bootleg DVDs in the street in some cities). Goods in stores or at kiosks have a set price based on pretty specific metrics, and everyone pays the same. No one’s going to cry or try and convince you if you walk away.

TerribleAttitude , .zaim. Report

Terry Tobias
Community Member
2 months ago

Haggling is ok if you're at a flea market, lawn sale, or something like that. It's expected. Regular stores... no.

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#29

Do Not Get Into People's Personal Space

Do Not Get Into People's Personal Space Don’t get in someone’s personal space. Stand at *least* 3 feet and preferably 6+ feet away from everyone. It is very uncomfortable for Americans when you stand too close and it can even be threatening. Plenty of countries are the same way but specifically Americans.

Randomgardener23 , Steve Baker Report

NsG
Community Member
2 months ago

Can you tell that to the overly friendly Americans who got uncomfortably close during my last visit Stateside? I don't know how they were measuring 3 feet, but our elbows certainly got friendly!

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#30

Do Not Leave Stuff On The Passenger Seat

Leave your car with your purse sitting on the front seat. Thieves will smash the window and steal it.

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
2 months ago

Basically, don't leave anything visible in your car.

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