Czech moving to the states

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Postby Alexx » 19-Dec-10 7:56

Bank cards works kind of weird in States:

I went to pay for gas with my debit card (yes, when I say debit, I mean debit, I work for the bank who issued it):

Merchant: Credit or debit?
Me: Debit
Merchant: Does not work. Credit od debit?
Me: Probably credit then?
Merchant: Thanks, here is your bill, have a nice trip.


2nd gas station:

Merchant: Credit or debit?
Me: Do you want to know the truth, or the way it will work?
Merchant: [???-look]
Me: Credit
Merchant: Thanks, have a nice day.


One would say Visa should work the same no matter what :-).

Other thing which was kind of odd... half a gallon (64 fl.oz) cups for soda? Really? We have smaller cups for popcorn here :-).

I also thought you americans love your cars. Obviously there is at least some portion (Texans :-)) who loves their ladders more ;-):

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Postby Alexx » 19-Dec-10 8:04

Just need to add:

Using "imperial units" in 21st century? C'mon! Why imperial? Implyinig it is british origin? It is not even (at least not all of them) compatible!

Do you guys remember how many feets is to one mile? How many fl.oz. to one cubic feet?

No wonder that Apple with it's weird overpriced stuff is so popular in the US.


OK, shoot, what is odd/weird/different in Europe from US-point-of-view. This phorum need some discussion.
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Postby dzurisova » 19-Dec-10 16:34

What'd you think about the driving? We don't drive crazy here in the States. If you drove like a European, I'm sure you got a lot of evil looks as you cut people off, pulled out in front of them, etc.

That's one of the things I thought was wierd over there. You all drive like freaks. :)
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Postby Alexx » 19-Dec-10 17:17

Sure, traffic is more hectic, people tend to drive like crazy sometimes. I always thought, as speed limits are lower in the US, it will take more time to get from place to place. However, it is actualy faster, as when the limit shows 65, it really mean you will be 65 miles away in one hour. That never happens in Europe, unless you are driving at night, or fast and furious style.
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Postby Petronela » 20-Dec-10 12:33

Alexx, I'm not sure why your debit card showed as credit card only but I would guess the reason the gas station clerk asked “debit or credit” was because some people (those paranoid like me :roll: ) prefer to use their debit cards as credit.
As for driving, OMG as much as I love everything else about Europe I can not stand driving there, I always rather take public transportation or walk. Driving is always the last posible option. With the neverending trafic jams and limited parking it always seems counterproductive, I get there faster just walking.

And to the OP, if she's still around: there is no easy answer, it all depends on what his expectation are and where in the states you will live. However please, whatever you do please do it legaly. And if someone tells you it's imposible then they are full of it! My family has done it and we are “no one special, just plain ordinary people”, yes it took almost 3 years of paper work, but so it should, country should have a right to screen people moving in.
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Postby Sova » 07-Jan-11 16:36

Alexx wrote:Other thing which was kind of odd... half a gallon (64 fl.oz) cups for soda? Really? We have smaller cups for popcorn here :-).

Some Americans forget, that it's recommended to drink two quarts of water a day.

Alexx wrote:I also thought you americans love your cars. Obviously there is at least some portion (Texans :-)) who loves their ladders more ;-):

Obviously a redneck. (see http://crossquote.com/funny-crazy-redneck-auto-repair/ for other examples)
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Postby Alexx » 08-Jan-11 20:01

They should be called "sons of the country"... but still everybody calls them rednecks :-)
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