Non-Americans Share Their Perspective of What Is Totally a “Scam” but Has Been Normalized in America

Online communities have been one of the most useful these days to get people together and talk about a specific topic. Everyone can share their opinion by commenting in the given sections, therefore the information and debate I always present even though we don’t get it in person. One of the latest topics that have stirred a debate is a question made on  r/AskReddit by tycooperaow. “What is clearly a scam but Americans have been conditioned to believe that it is ‘normal?'”

This really makes you stop and think about the system you’re living in. This question gathered 5.4k comments from people that aren’t native Americans while sharing their perspective on how they see America.

Scroll down below for some hurtful truths.

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Your cellphone plans. In my country, I pay €20 for unlimited calls, SMS and data. I work in phone sales, whenever I speak to an American they cannot believe how cheap our plans are compared to what they pay.                   deccytag

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Really expensive funerals. People are charged astronomically high prices at a time when grief means they’re not prepared to make sound decisions.

Altrano 

College textbooks, you pay $400 for a book because you have to have the newest version that’s rarely changed much, and the school might offer you $40 and sell it for $150 used

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For the majority of wage earners, the IRS can easily determine how much you owe and tell you, or tell you what you’re owed in a refund. It’s simple.
That they don’t do so is only because tax preparation companies lobby lawmakers to keep the system as it is. Tax preparation companies only exist because they are legally allowed, middlemen. They are slow, complicated, costly, and the opposite of free-market efficiency.

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Tipping restaurant servers so the owners of the restaurant don’t have to pay them a living wage. Mean_Increase_,Jinx!

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The idea that you need to work endless hours and never have time off. There are plenty of countries where people work reasonable hours, have five-week summer vacations and the economies don’t fall apart.

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Megachurches are literal scams. They make a lot of money, saying it’s for the church, then they buy 12 mansions.

SteelWarrior-,Jennifer Morrow

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The price for healthcare in America. For the love of God just travel overseas and compare, like, to any country in the world… And then realize how big of a rip-off it is in America. And it’s all insurance companies’ fault.

MakubeXGold,Mads Bødker

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Somehow, a person who works 65 hours a week at a minimum-wage job just to pay the rent “isn’t working hard enough”. At the same time, an executive whose “work” boils down to signing a few forms, making a couple of phone calls, collecting investment payouts, and playing golf is considered “a hardworking American”.

demo1318,Dan McWeeney

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Americans thinking that medical procedures are actually that expensive. Fun fact: In a normal country, you don’t pay tens of thousands of dollars.

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‘Overdraft protection,’ which actually allows the bank to charge you when you use a debit card, instead of just declining the transaction.

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The push that ‘college is for everyone!’ Also, you aren’t able to default on your student loans, so banks will give them to anyone. Coincidentally, society started telling people that they should all go to college, no matter their situation, right after passing the bill that made student loans impossible to hide from.

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20 Annoying and Unrealistic Myths That People Unfortunately Still Believe

Since we were kids, we got influenced by our parents/grandparents and the myths they told us. Society has grown through time, but there are some things that haven’t changed since the dawn of time. Things vary from culture to culture, but there are a lot of myths that people disguise as common knowledge, and we just follow them as an unwritten law. However, a lot of these myths are quite annoying. Considering the modern and technological advanced world we live in, we like to have proof of everything in order to believe it.

One reddit user, u/Eichberg, asked a question. What is an annoying myth people still believe? This question sparked some fire on the internet and around 20k people had something to share relating to it. A lot of people shared the myths they know or believe, and we made a list of some of them. Therefore, scroll down below to check it out. And if there’s another myth you know, feel free to use the comment section and share it with us.

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You have to wait 24 hours before filing a missing person report – popthetab

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People think bats are blind. They aren’t. – Bloodragedragon

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Fish only have a 5-second memory. My fish are fed automatically on a timer and they know dinner time better than my goddamn cat. – Osr0

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The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space. First of all, it’s not, and second, other ones are.

EDIT: It’s not visible from space with the naked eye, defining “space” in the usual way as starting 62 miles up. – Plug_5

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If you lift your hands above your head while pregnant you will strangle the baby. I am sure it was started by smart women who didn’t want to do all the housework while pregnant and tired. I still hear it every now and again. – Letmetellyowhat

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Black belts have to register their fists as weapons… I can’t believe I was dumb enough to fall for that. What’s more interesting than that is one of the reasons (If not the only reason) that the myth propagated:

Wrestlers and well-known martial artists back in the day we’re constantly being challenged in their personal time at bars and stuff. This got super annoying and they just wanted to have peace without people trying to fight them all the time.

Many of these fighters learned that having a “lethal fists” card that they could display gave them an excuse to turn down fights without an argument for fear of “accidentally killing them”. It also worked as a deterrent.- codered434

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Bulls get angry when they see the color red…- popthetab

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That vaccines cause autism, are made by the government to control you etc etc – Bona-fide1·

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Einstein was bad at school math.- el_juanjo

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It’s not really annoying per se but the tongue map thing. The entire tongue tastes all flavors – xXBlitzz

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That you get warts from frogs. Warts come from the human papilloma virus and come from contact with the virus through broken skin. It is a human specific virus and cannot be spread through different species.

Edit: Apparently people don’t realize that toads are a type of frog. Yes, the myth is about toads but frogs can also be included if they have bumpy skin. Most people can’t tell the difference between toads and frogs anyway.-mtn-cat .

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Arthurlmnz

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That violence in the world is getting worse and worse. Actually, in relation to the world’s population we live in the most non-violent era in history. The problem is that, while 500 years ago you might have not even heard all the news from within your city, we can now hear all the horrible news from all over the world (and we’re also more people). But still, human interaction and conflict in general is much less violent than it used to be. – mediocre_medstudent1

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That if you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it because of the smell. Birds actually have a very bad sense of smell.- grmidnight

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The five second rule – Appropriate-Wrap-

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A lot of commonly believed stuff about the female reproductive system/anatomy, like vaginas getting loose if a woman has a lot of sex, or that having a lot of sex somehow drastically changes the look of a woman’s labia.-iswearimalady

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