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For those who are not used to different countries / cultures I guess NY and USA can come off as a bit of a shock to the system.

I recall when my brother and his wife first visited us they had to get a connection in Atlanta Hartsfield and asked for directions to the gate..... "walk to the center of the Terminal, take the escalator downstairs, catch the train..." To which my SIL replies in a panic "I do not want to catch a train, I need to be on a plane to Orlando"?

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As a South African (from Slaapstad) visiting NYC, I thought that he would have found the uninterrupted water and electricity supply the most bizarre part of the experience 😏

Having said that, I also expected that a journalist working for “Business Insider”, of all publications, would at least know that the US (the world’s largest economy) doesn’t use VAT! I guess not.

He’s lucky he only stayed in NYC with its public transport. Pumping his own gas and filling his own tires with air would have totally baked his noodle!

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Actually, in New York, you are not allowed to pump your own gas. They do it for you. (Probably worried about fires)

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Ha, I’m old enough to remember when we had GST in SA (and that the Nats changed it to VAT to make the increases in indirect taxes less obvious...I seem to recall the tax rate was introduced at 4% GST in the late 70s or early 80s and then went up to 14% VAT eventually).

Oscar, is that just in NYC or is it NYS as a whole? We have one full service station in our town (and three self service, it’s not a big town haha).  I thought I read in NJ they have to pump for you too but may be mistaken. The first time we did it was a novelty, now it seems strange when others pump for you! 
 

What “baked my noodle” when we first landed - about a week before Christmas- was going to bed bath & beyond to buy housewares (before we discovered ross and home goods, lol) and seeing a massive display outside of all sorts of stuff for sale, mostly small and easily pocketable, with absolutely no-one keeping an eye on it... 

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Hi, it's some gas stations in NYC but not all.   In New Jersy, there is no self-service. They do not expect tips and its not mandatory to tip them. But its quite nice to get your windshield washed.

 

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On 1/29/2020 at 10:53 AM, SJ272 said:

Ha, I’m old enough to remember when we had GST in SA (and that the Nats changed it to VAT to make the increases in indirect taxes less obvious...I seem to recall the tax rate was introduced at 4% GST in the late 70s or early 80s and then went up to 14% VAT eventually).

Hahaha! Yeah, I’m old enough to remember GST in SA too.

I reckon shelf checkout was probably the biggest “whoa! wtf” moment for us. Did it a few times in the UK, but they seemed to have a wonky sort of weight checking mechanic for each item mechanic that didn’t seem work more than it did.

Much like pumping your own gas, I just can’t go back. I’m also enjoying the online and touchscreen ordering systems that more and more places are rolling out.

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Not to mention amazon prime and prime now. I was feeling ill the other day but there was food that needed to be got. Voila, a little over 2 hours later there was a Whole Foods order on my doorstep.  Between that and 24/7 supermarkets, one never has to fear when (for example) your high schooler finishes an important assignment at 10:30pm due first thing next morning, only to find the printer has run out of paper... it really is a life of utmost convenience (says SJ, sitting on the couch telling Alexa what radio station to play and what lights to switch on and off :D ) 

 

Actually, just the fact that stuff gets left on your doorstep was in itself an eye opener!

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