American Kaymie Wuerfel reveals culture shocks she’s been through since moving to Australia

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My Life Down Under: Expat reveals the Australian culture shocks she faces daily – and the excitement when she first discovers chicken salt

  • American expatriate living in Australia has revealed the greatest cultural shocks she discovered
  • Kaymie Wuerfel moved from Florida to Sydney in November 2019
  • Her list included using C-word to greet people, free health care, and chicken salt

An American expat living in Australia has revealed the greatest cultural shocks she discovered – including using the C word to greet people, free health care, chicken salt, and paying 15 cents for a grocery bag.

Kaymie Wuerfel is adjusting to a new life Down Under after moving from Florida to Sydney in November 2019 to be with her Australian husband.

In a series of new viral TikTok videos, she mentioned the things she had learned about the land, such as not having to charge a sales price with tax when shopping.

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American expat Kaymie Wuerfel (pictured) who lives in Australia has revealed the greatest cultural shocks she discovered - including using the C word to greet people, free health care, chicken salt and paying 15 cents for a shopping bag

American expat Kaymie Wuerfel (pictured) who lives in Australia has revealed the greatest cultural shocks she discovered – including using the C word to greet people, free health care, chicken salt and paying 15 cents for a shopping bag

Revealed: Australia’s culture is shaking

– Free health care

– Using the C word to greet people

– Chicken salt

– No gratuities for waiters / waitresses

– Pay 15 cents for a shopping bag

– Sales prices include VAT

Speaking at a grocery store with her husband, the young brunette said she realized that all the prices on the shelves were already “marked to include tax.”

She said the conversation came up when she asked him to give her $ 5 plus tax so she could afford a tub of peanut butter.

‘But he told me that all prices in Australia are marked to include tax … I realized how much easier life is to buy things for the stated price, ”she explained.

After eating at a “ nice ” restaurant, Kaymie said she asked her husband if he had cash with him so they could leave a tip.

‘He told me you don’t leave tips in Australia. I asked how the waiters survive? He said the minimum wage is about $ 20, ”she recalled.

“I pretended that’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard.”

When her husband injured himself, he told her he needed to go to the hospital, where she was afraid, “We’re going to spend our savings on hospital bills.”

One of the things that 'shocked' her about the country was the confrontation with 'random Aussies' who used the C word in their conversations

One of the things that 'shocked' her about the country was the confrontation with 'random Aussies' who used the C word in their conversations

When ordering chips, she kept scratching her head when the waitress asked if she wanted chicken salt, one of Australia's classic spices often used for seasoning hot chips

When ordering chips, she kept scratching her head when the waitress asked if she wanted chicken salt, one of Australia's classic spices often used for seasoning hot chips

One of the things that ‘shocked’ her about the country was the confrontation with ‘random Aussies’ who used the C word in their conversations. When ordering fries, she kept scratching her head when the waitress asked if she wanted chicken salt

The young brunette is adjusting to a new life Down Under after moving from Florida to Sydney in November 2019 to be with her Australian husband

The young brunette is adjusting to a new life Down Under after moving from Florida to Sydney in November 2019 to be with her Australian husband

The young brunette is adjusting to a new life Down Under after moving from Florida to Sydney in November 2019 to be with her Australian husband

But she said he then assured her that Medicare will cover “the whole thing,” to which a Kaymie explained that she was “disbelief” to hear about this “incredible information.”

One of the things that ‘shocked’ her in the country was being confronted with ‘random Aussies’ using the C word in their conversations.

Kaymie said as she walked downstairs, she saw people casually say ‘yeah sick motherfucker’, ‘oi c ***’, ‘hey motherfucker’ or ‘what the hell is going on?’.

When ordering chips, she kept scratching her head when the waitress asked if she wanted chicken salt, one of Australia’s classic spices often used for seasoning hot chips.

But she confirmed that she will say ‘yes’ to chicken salt every time it is offered to her.

On her first visit to a supermarket, Kaymie said she was surprised when a cashier wanted to charge her 15 cents for a grocery bag.

On her first visit to a supermarket, Kaymie said she was surprised when a cashier wanted to charge her 15 cents for a grocery bag.

On her first visit to a supermarket, Kaymie said she was surprised when a cashier wanted to charge her 15 cents for a grocery bag.

On her first visit to a supermarket, Kaymie said she was surprised when a cashier wanted to charge her 15 cents for a grocery bag.

On her first visit to a supermarket, Kaymie said she was surprised when a cashier wanted to charge her 15 cents for a grocery bag.

On her first visit to a supermarket, Kaymie said she was surprised when a cashier wanted to charge her 15 cents for a grocery bag.

She asked, “Do you want a bag?” And I thought, “Of course I want a bag.” Then she says, “Okay, that’s 15 cents a bag” 15 cents a bag? ” she recalled.

Major supermarkets in Australia are charging customers for reusable bags in an effort to tackle single-use plastic bags.

Her two videos have since been viewed nearly a million times, with many agreeing with most of her points.

‘As an Australian waitress I can confirm that the money is pretty good but some people still tip and it’s so nice because it means they loved your service,’ one wrote.

“The answer is always yes to chicken salt,” said another, while one added, “When I found out that America didn’t impose a tax in the stated prices, I almost cried thinking how much math I should be doing.”

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