An American living in the UK shared his surprise and joy at discovering a British custom that many of us take for granted.
David Escobedo, originally from Los Angeles but living in Chester during his doctoral studies, regularly takes to social media to share his thoughts on life in England.
During a video on TikTok, he touched on something he noticed pub goers do while having a drink.
He said: ‘I have another one, let’s go. When I’ve been to pubs it’s quite common for everyone to have a drink and sit around a table.
“And if they get peckish, they take a bag of chips and tear the chips apart like a small plate and everyone, and they invite everyone in for chips.”
David Escobedo, from Los Angeles but living in Chester, took to TikTok to point out a quaint British custom we often take for granted
Mr Escobedo, a PhD student, revealed he enjoyed sharing crisps in the pub even though he noted there were never many crisps in the packet.
David went on to explain why he found the practice so fascinating.
He added: “Now in the United States, at least in Los Angeles, it is quite rare to eat in bars in general, unless it is a bar and a restaurant.
“But something that I find interesting is kind of like the community action of tearing up the bag of chips, there’s usually not a lot of chips and sharing them with everyone.
“So for me, it’s a really nice gesture, because it’s like ‘I don’t have much, I’m hungry, but I’m going to share what I have with everyone here.
“So this gesture of sharing a torn open bag of chips, which we would call chips in the United States, is really interesting to me and very communal.
‘It’s very like – what I have is yours, what I really like, it’s just very different.’
The heartwarming video has since gone viral, attracting thousands of comments below.
One person replied to David: “It’s the law, you have to tear the bag and put it in the middle of the table. Also with dry roasted peanuts.
‘Please remind Brits that they do very nice things and they don’t even notice it,’ another social media user added.
Someone else gushed: ‘As Brits it’s those little things we do but don’t notice I love!!’
Another person replied, “Chips – pub salad.”
“It would be a bit rude not to share your chips and we would usually have a selection for the ‘dish’. Then fold the wrapper into a little triangle,” someone else added.
It’s not the first time Americans have been charmed by our quaint customs and delights, with one US citizen even saying he “identifies” as a Brit.
Brits flooded the comments section to thank David for reminding them of those little things people forget they are doing and pointing out the practice of ‘tricks’
A man from Chicago loves the culture and climate of Britain so much that he now identifies as a British man.
The social media star, who goes by the name Tlo, now lives in Florida but is obsessed with British food, TV shows and even the weather.
To show his commitment, Tlo, who did not wish to reveal his name, is starting his days with a “perfectly brewed cup” and “homemade crisps” while watching British teen sitcom The Inbetweeners.
And her UK followers online are now even sending her suggestions of UK snacks to try.
Tlo’s first foray into British cuisine began when he ate beans and cheese on toast several years ago.