Around the world, people just have their own way of doing things. So it comes as no surprise that certain things that you don’t normally pay attention to, even simple things you do when going to a restaurant or going shopping, might actually be considered offensive or strange somewhere else. In fact, some things that you might find offensive, like yelling or throwing a tantrum in public, might actually be considered polite or normal in another country.
We at Mobonews love looking at different cultures and the things that make us so unique, so we’re sharing this list of how everyday things can be very different around the world. Don’t forget to check out or bonus that shows how language can even change the way you think.
Giving tips to service workers, like a waiter or a taxi driver, can be generous or insulting depending on where you are.
- Generally, in the West, you are expected to give a generous tip. A service worker might even be offended if they believe they were given too little and many places even impose a tip on large parties. Fast food workers are usually an exception to this rule and might even be punished for accepting tips.
- In many European countries, a service fee is already added to your bill, but an additional tip is sometimes expected too. Because of this, customers are expected to pay a smaller tip than their American counterparts. In some places, like England, the service fee isn’t always customary and often does take the place of a tip when it’s imposed.
- In some Asian countries, like South Korea, China, or Japan, tipping is not common, can even be considered an insult to the worker, and should be avoided. That said, some of these countries might get around this by imposing a service fee before work is performed, so that it’s not seen as a reflection of the workers’ performance.
- In the countries of Oceania, like Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, tipping isn’t usually expected or required. Some places, like casinos, might outright ban giving tips.
2. Table sharing
In the West, sitting down at a table with free seats when a family is already there would be considered rude, and while there are some restaurants that have communal tables, it’s often seen as an invasion of privacy. In Japan, however, placing complete strangers at the same table is often done at busy restaurants and is seen as an efficient way to give people their food as quickly as possible.
3. Cheek kissing
- In Latin American countries, it’s often a greeting between friends of the opposite sex or 2 women. A man kissing a male friend like this would usually be seen as inappropriate.
- In some Middle Eastern or North African countries, like Israel and Egypt, a man kissing a male friend is a common greeting, but a man and woman kissing in public is often seen as improper and can even be illegal. There are some exceptions, like Lebanon and Tunisia, where a man kissing a female friend is seen as “brotherly.”
- In southern European countries, it’s often a greeting between friends. Whether there is a taboo according gender depends on the country. Men will kiss male friends in Italy and France, but only kiss female friends in Spain or Portugal.
- Generally, in East Asian countries, kissing in public is seen as inappropriate. Some exceptions where cheek kissing is common include the Philippines, East Timor, and parts of Indonesia
4. Personal space
In the West, giving people personal space is an unspoken rule and it’s very inappropriate to get too close for somebody’s comfort, especially someone of the opposite gender. In some countries, especially ones with large populations like China, personal space is seen as a luxury and people accumulating in large groups is seen as the norm.
In the West, if you go to a supermarket, you generally have to pay the assigned price for an item if you want it. The only way to lower the price, is to buy it when it’s on sale or find a coupon. However, bargaining over the price of an item is considered much more normal in countries like China, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt. In fact, in many of these places, not haggling about the cost of something means you’ll likely get ripped off when shopping.
6. Cleaning your plate
If you are a guest in somebody’s home and you are given a plate of food, do your homework to know if finishing your plate is considered polite or insulting. In China, eating all the food offered to you is seen as a sign that you are still hungry and that your host hasn’t given you enough. In India and Japan, however, not finishing your plate is considered an insult to the host, because you don’t seem to like the food.
- In some places, like Singapore, nudity is illegal and prohibited to the point that there are cases where people can be arrested for being naked in their own homes.
- Some countries are a little more relaxed about this. Hungary is known for its bathing culture and the country is filled with spas. Not only is changing your clothes in public considered normal, the country even has spas that prohibit patrons from wearing bathing suits, since it’s seen as hindering the good the spa will do.
8. Sharing utensils
Some countries, like North and South Korea, have a sort of sharing culture. When it comes to eating out with friends, there’s often a large dish that everyone at the table shares and people might even use the same utensils to share food. In the West, by contrast, this is considered double-dipping and is considered unclean, even for families.
In China, yelling in public is perfectly normal. For example, when you go out to eat, yelling at a server is considered a perfectly acceptable way to get their attention — after all you can’t expect the waiters to read your mind and know what you want. In the West, however, this is kind of considered impolite and disrespectful to employees and people usually just wait for their waiter to come to their table.
10. Throwing tantrums
In the West, a woman might act cutesy or childish when she wants something or just to be coy. In China it’s a whole other art form, where it’s very common to see adult women throw tantrums in public just to get what they want, like a new dress or a present. And this isn’t something that’s simply tolerated: women who don’t regularly throw tantrums like this, to get what they want from their men, are usually seen as unfeminine. In a way, this childish behavior reflects the responsibility a man is expected to have when providing for the women in his life.
Bonus: Even colors aren’t the same around the world!
In many Asian languages, blue and green were traditionally viewed as shades of the same color. In Japan, for example, this caused complications when designing the country’s traffic lights. Technically speaking, the law demands that the light for “go” is green, but the bluest shade possible. On a different note, light blue and dark blue are often considered different colors (arguably similar to how red and pink are considered different colors).
What are some things that you’ve done, that people thought were rude or offensive? Please share with us in the comments!
#EndSARS Protests: I Have No Dime, No Kobo Investment In The Tollgate – Tinubu
Former governor of Lagos State, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu says he has no dime in the funds generated at the Lekki Tollgate.
Tinubu follows claims and reports that his interest and involvement in the shooting that took place on Tuesday is based on the fact that he was making money of the tollgate, a source of income that was crippled following days of the #EndSARS protest.
In a telephone interview with Channels Television, the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart said, ““I have no dime, no kobo investment in the tollgate”.
He also denied having any investment in the Lekki Concession Company, the firm which manages the tollgate.
Tinubu further denied being the one who gave the orders for the shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate saying “I will never, never be part of any carnage. I will never be part of that.”
Tinubu questioned the logic behind the use of live arms on protesters who were unarmed.
The APC chieftain said he was accused and reported to the presidency that he was behind the protests.
He said their are still claims that it was him who sponsor of the protesters.
According to Tinubu, it was his intervention that that spurred Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to respond to the demands of the protesters.
“That was why he (Sanwo-Olu) set up the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The governor has gone to the home of one of the victims to appeal to them.
“He has put N200m together as part of restitution and compensation for those attacked.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Tinubu cautioned protesters against giving the impression that they wanted to cause anarchy.
He warned that “any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order” if it is convinced that chaos is the purpose of any protest organized.
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– Vice President Osinbajo has reacted to the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos state – Osinbajo expressed sadness over the deaths so far recorded while pledging that the FG will get justice for all of them – The vice president noted that he has spoken with some survivors of the ugly incident
Nigeria’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed sadness over the killing of some #EndSARS protesting youths at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20. In a thread of tweets posted on his verified Twitter handle, @ProfOsinbajo, on Wednesday night, October 21, the vice president also registered his condolence over the deaths of some policemen and other Nigerians in different parts of Lagos and other states. Noting that he has spoken to some survivors in the hospital, Professor Osinbajo admitted that some losses so far recorded can not be replaced.
Lekki shooting: Some losses are irreplaceable, we’ll get justice for all, Osinbajo speaks. Photo credit: Professor Yemi Osinbajo Source: Facebook He, however, pledged that the Nigerian government will get justice for all of them. He said: “I spoke to some of those in hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos & all other affected states in these trying times.” The vice president also prayed that the nation will never see a repeat of such tragedies again.
The monarch who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the move over the unrest across the country that has led to the loss of lives in Lagos, Benin and other locations. The monarch requested all Imams across the country to dedicate their sermons to the ongoing crisis in the country, by calming down the strained nerves with their clement preaching for peace as well as their verbal ventilation of the national atmosphere for permanent tranquillity to the benefit of all and sundry.
EndSARS: Obaseki gives escaped inmates 3-days ultimate to return
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has given the inmates who escaped from the Benin Medium Security Correctional Centre, Sapele Road and the Oko Medium Security Correctional Centre up till Friday, October 23 to return voluntarily or face the wrath of the law.
According to Nigerian Tribune, the governor gave the three-day ultimatum in Benin on Wednesday, October 21, while on an assessment tour of the facilities in company of the the Controller of Correction, Edo State Command, Babayo Maisanda, who announced that six out of the 1,993 inmates who escaped during the jail breaks had voluntarily returned.
It would be recalled that some hoodlums who highjacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest in the state had on Monday attacked the two Correctional Centres and freed the inmates after unleashing terror on the facilities, its personnel and their properties, mostly, vehicles. [Swipe]
‘History Will Remember You’: Ighalo Slams Govt Over Lekki #EndSARS Protest Shooting
Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo has slammed Nigerian authorities over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
He condemned the shooting by the security operatives which led to the death and injury of several protesters on Tuesday evening at the Lekki toll gate.
“I am sad and heartbroken; I don’t know where to start from,” the Manchester United striker said in a Twitter video after the English Premier League side won their Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
He added, “Today, October 20, 2020, you people will be remembered in history as the first government that sent the military to the city to start killing their own citizens.”
Ighalo, who says he is not the type that gets involved in politics, believes it will be a disservice for him to keep quiet on the shooting.
He took a swipe at the government for the incident, stressing that the people were tired of them and could not condone such a reckless act any longer.
The 31-year-old said, “I can’t keep quiet anymore on what is going on back home in Nigeria. I will say Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens; sending the military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters, it is uncalled for.
“I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys, and we can’t take this anymore.”
He, therefore, called on the United Nations and the United Kingdom among others to intervene in the crisis in Nigeria.
Ighalo also urged them to help the poor Nigerians and caution the local authorities against “killing their own citizens”.
He appealed to the youths to, as much as they could, stay safe and steer clear of activities that could lead to a recurrence of the ugly incident.
UN Condemns Shooting Of Lekki Protesters, Calls For End To Police Brutality In Nigeria
The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, condemning violent clashes that claimed multiple lives and caused many injuries.
This position was contained in a communiqué by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.
According to the statement, the Secretary-General has been following recent developments in Nigeria and has called for an end to police brutality and abuses.
Mr Guterres condemned the shooting of protesters on Tuesday at Lekki in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries.
He expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate the incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The UN chief urged the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
The Secretary-General encouraged the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation.
He reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to support national efforts towards finding a solution.
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Olamilekan Agbeleshie popularly known as Laycon is BBNaija’s housemate for this year’s Lockdown Edition. Laycon before joining the house is a singer and a rapper who hails from Lagos.
The 26 year old was born in 1996 to Mr & Mrs Agbeleshe.
Laycon started his music journey at an early age. Many have tagged Laycon as the new school of rap music in Nigeria. He is a graduate of the University Of Lagos with philosophy.
Laycon also describes himself as being versatile and able to coin words together to soothe scenarios and moods.
According to Laycon he said during the lockdown, he developed the ability of singing and reading my bible.
His song ‘Fierce’ featuring rapper Reminisce and Chinko Ekun making it to MTV BASE Top ten charts for six months is one of his biggest achievements.
After his inclusion, Laycon has gotten numerous endorsements from most celebrities just for him being a rapper.
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You can follow Laycon on his instagram account @itslaycon and on twitter @itsLaycoon
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