Be careful! These customs are offensive in some countries

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Opening a present in the presence of the giver - Opening a gift right away is viewed as greedy in Asian countries like China and India.

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Tipping - In Japan, tipping is often considered degrading, despite the possibility of impeccable service, unlike many countries with suggested tip percentages.

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Peace sign - In the UK, when the palm is facing towards your face, the backwards peace sign symbolizes rudeness.

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Thumbs up - In the Middle East, Latin America, and western Africa, giving a thumbs up gesture is considered offensive, akin to displaying your middle finger.

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Nose blowing - In countries like China, France, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, blowing your nose in public is seen as impolite and even offensive.

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Slurping - Slurping in Japan is seen as delightful for chefs, signaling your enjoyment of noodles. In North America, however, it is seen as impolite.

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Crossing fingers - In North America, crossing your fingers is a common gesture for good luck or expressing hope.

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Patriotism - In various countries and cultures, excessive and unabashed patriotism evokes haunting memories of fascism and its associated negativity.

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Asking about someone's occupation - In the Netherlands, asking this question is considered classist and akin to asking about someone's income.

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No drink options available - It is customary in numerous countries to provide guests with a beverage upon entering your residence, whether they are a friend or a repairman.

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Hand in pocket - In some Asian nations, this role is seen as overly proud.

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Using your left hand - In Africa, India, and Sri Lanka, the left hand is considered unclean, thus using it to greet or eat is highly disrespectful.

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Riding in the rear of a taxi - Riding shotgun is considered commonplace in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the Netherlands, reflecting their values of equality.

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Chatting with your hands in your pockets - In Germany, a seemingly casual gesture is considered impolite.

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Wearing shoes indoors - Not taking off shoes when entering the home is seen as extremely disrespectful, especially in Caribbean and Asian cultures.

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