What should you NOT do in America?

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What are some things you shouldn’t do in the USA while living, studying, or working here? This question and subsequent topics will focus on things you shouldn’t do and will most likely keep out of any trouble.

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Americans like their ‘personal space.’ It is considered impolite to stare, crowd into an elevator, or listen to and comment on conversations (for example, on the metro).  Americans respect the concept of lining up and waiting in turn for service.  

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    “Personal space” is something you should respect when visiting or living in the US. Most Americans are generally respectful of understanding cultural differences, but some may not be so understanding. You could find yourself in a bid situation if you don’t follow the personal space unwritten rule
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If you come to the DC area, you will certainly take the metro to get around. One important thing you should NOT do is stand on the left side of the escalator. The left side is for walking, the right side is for standing. People get really angry if you don’t follow this rule!

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When you are visiting or touring a city in the U.S.A, be sure to have clear directions, research the safe areas, and take sensible safety precautions such as not going out alone, staying with your group in well-lit areas, not going in a car with someone you just met, and asking directions from a police officer or a person working in a store or restaurant.  American cities are rich in culture, diversity, fun, and great people, but just as any city in the world you should be aware of your surroundings and follow common-sense safety precautions.

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