Since my arrival I am discovering some things about the United States that I, as a citizen of the country, did not even know. Here are a few I heard about just this past week...
Americans do not use public transportation.
Some people have expressed surprise the GLH and I not only use public transportation, but actually do not currently have a car. There is a belief that people in the US never use public transit. Tell that to the New Yorkers!
Americans will sue you for the slightest reason.
When we arranged for our apartment insurance, the salesperson impressed upon us the importance of getting Lawyer Insurance. She stated it was especially important if we travel back and forth to the United States with any frequency because it greatly increased our risk of being sued. I have lived in the United States for most of my life. I have never been sued nor have I ever sued anyone else. I can count on one hand the number of people I know who have ever been sued or sued someone else. And I have never before heard of lawyer insurance!
When traveling for business in the United States, men should not get on an elevator if the only other person on the elevator is a woman.
Apparently there is too great of a risk that he will be charged with sexual harassment or sexual discrimination. There seems to be some confusion about the differences between the two. Regardless, never be alone with a woman in the workplace.
Wow! I don't even know what to say to that one!
So what things have you heard?