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Are Americans rude?
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Posted 1/24/08 , edited 1/24/08
I've dated a couple girls who were from Europe and they both thought Americans were more rude than the people in their own country.

My last serious girlfriend was from Sweden, blond hair and blue eyes. She came to the United States to live with me. Her dream had always been to live and work in the United States, but after a year living here, she went back to Sweden. Her reasoning was that "Americans are rude" and she didn't like living in the United States any longer. She was not without reasons for this. She received a lot of harassment while she was here. Since she was a hot, blonde Swedish girl, she was constantly being hounded by rude guys trying to hook up with her. This completely disgusted her and I agree. Guys would hit on my girlfriend right in front of me. I can't tell you how many fight I almost got into just trying to eat at a restaurant like Olive Garden. Many times the wait staff would hit on her and I would have to complain to the management.

Another thing that happened is that she was harassed by police a couple times for no reason at all. She didn't speak English very well and couldn't understand what was happening and one time the cop thought she was faking being Swedish actually accused her of being a prostitute and accused me of hiring her. WTF!!! It seemed like he was going to arrest her until I pulled out her passport and showed him. I reported these cops for their behavior, although I don't think anything ever happened to them.

She went back to Sweden for a few weeks to visit her family and when she came back to the US, she flew into JFK. Immigration would not let her in the country. They detained her for 24 hours before putting her on a plane home. I tried everything to get her in the country. They wouldn't let me talk to her and wouldn't give me any information. The put her on a plane back to Sweden the next day. I booked her a new fight and brought her in thru Dulles Airport this time, and they let her right in without a problem. I don't know what the problem was with the people at JFK. It isn't like there are a bunch of Swedish, Blonde Hair Blue Eyed Terrorists trying to get in this country. Honestly I don't think they had a reason, they just had nothing better to do and thought it would be fun to harass a young lady.

Other things happened over the year and she eventually had enough of the US and went back to her family in Sweden.


At the time, I didn't really see things as bad as she did. I guess I was kinda used to how things work here in the US and I'm just desensitized to it.

It wasn't until I went to Japan for several weeks and then came back home, that I really saw what she was talking about. It hit me like a Mac Truck as soon as I got off the plane, everyone's actions and comments immediately struck me as rude. After spending time in a country where everyone was respectful and polite for the most part, when you get home, you really see how rude people are.

A story about arriving home from Japan. I flew into Dulles Airport on an ANA flight. Everyone disembarked the plane, most of the people on the flight were Japanese and could not speak a lot of English. Everyone was filtered into Immigration for processing. And the had 1 just 1 STUPID, REDNECK immigration officer working at the entrance. Yelling instructions to the Japanese people in Redneck, West Virginia English and expecting them to understand. All the Japanese people were looking at each other wonder what he was trying to tell him to do. The stupid Redneck just started yelling louder, like it would make them understand him any better. Since I know some Japanese, I started explaining to the people what they needed to do and where they needed to go. And they were very thankful to me for that.

Can you imaging that a Stupid Yelling Redneck is the first impression these people have of the US! It really made me sick.

Anyways, I could go on but I rambled enough. What do you guys think?
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Even though, I'm chinese american I think some Americans are rude, Like those jerks who are ALWAYS causing trouble just for the fun of it ._.
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Yupp..I agree Americans are rude..well some
Posted 1/24/08
I only know one American, and he is quite up himself, but there is no need for me to sterotype and say 'Oh, because he's american and rude, so are all the others!'
Everyone is subjected to sterotyping, even though its not a nice thing, but I don't think EVERY American is rude. I know very nice americans from this site.
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I always thought they were rude, but then I made a couple American friends here in China and they're not rude at all.
But hen, they're from North California and apparently everyone's very chilled [and high] there.

In London central there are always American tourists shoving their way around complaining about how nothing there's as good as it is where they're from and complaining about toher tourists getting in their way =S
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tl;dr

Anyway, you're going to find assholes in any country.

Also, you really can't assume an entire country is rude just because of the actions of a few people.
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i dont think so... iv met many american friends and they are never rude to me..they are frank tho..and i like people who knows what they want... and lol.... they are the ones adjusting to my introvert personality so.... i guess its ok..u just have to pick the ryt kind of people to be with..american or not...people are people...
Posted 1/24/08

TenohxHaruka wrote:

Even though, I'm chinese american I think some Americans are rude, Like those jerks who are ALWAYS causing trouble just for the fun of it ._.


EXACTLY... I'm glad you feel the same way, I'm a Puerto Rican American, and all I see out here are a bunch of cocky assholes who need a lesson in respect. Seriously, just because someone is an American doesn't give them the right to run over other ethnicities like they do. I saw this bastard giving this young pregnant Indian woman a hard time at her goods stand and I fucking snapped off at him and then got kicked out of the mall by security. It was worth it though, America NEEDS to learn some fucking respect...
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Posted 1/24/08
They're some really rudes one and really nice ones. It depends on where you go. XD;
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I wouldn't say all Americans are rude because that wouldn't be fair but a lot of them are. I've only been to America once and I was so nervous Especially in New York when people seriously couldn't give a damn about you and just barge into you nearly half knocking you over and I was having a conversation with one guy who was taking in that sort of gangster-slang and because I couldn't tell what the hell he was saying he was getting really annoyed with me Y_Y It's not my fault I couldn't understand his supposidly english!
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sometimes..
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everyone is rude right.. x) so yea i dont think all the america is rude.. maybe some.. because my teacher is american and shes reallly really nice... =)
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Posted 1/24/08
I'm not rude. Least I don't think I am. I'm very outspoken when something makes me upset! But I don't t I'm rude. I think it's where you go in America. I live in Arizona and almost no one acknowledges you when you pass by them and say "hi" or anything. But, I've noticed other places are a lot more open and friendly like California. I dunno, might just be me, but I think it depends on the location.
Posted 1/24/08
Some americans are rude. But some ppl arent rude at all in America.
Its just desame in each other country every country got his pro's and con's.
and in america yeah just a few ppl rude more not .
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Posted 1/24/08
yeah,
some americans could be rude.
no offense. some americans i know living in ontario are pretty stupid. No Offense
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