It’s normal to be confronted with cultural differences when going abroad for a few days – but one American was left unimpressed by the British after moving to London permanently.
TikToker @kjordyyywho describes himself as “a simple idiot among the British”, confided to his 121,000 fans his “nastiness towards the British”.
He began the video with: “I noticed that most Brits don’t say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’
Among its other faults were a British sense of humor and poor customer service.
The video, which has since racked up 56,000 views, divided viewers, with many commenting that the American expat was “only in London” and urging the TikToker to “come to Yorkshire” to observe the difference.
TikToker @kjordyyy, who describes himself as “just a Yankee among the Brits,” told his 121,000 fans about “the troubles of the Brits” in a recent video.
One commented: “Where I live (not London) people always say please and thank you.”
Aware of the risk of offense, he said: “I’m not saying them all, but I’m just speaking from experience.”
He cited a door-holding scenario and claimed the Brits “wouldn’t even say thank you” for the gesture and “look at me like it’s my job.”
We’re a nation famous for our dry sense of humor – but that was another gripe from the TikTok personality – whose video garnered just under 3,000 reactions.
He commented: “I’m sorry, but sir, I just don’t understand British humor. Maybe it’s just me, but someone says something very sarcastic and people burst out laughing.
“And in my mind I’m like, bro, how is this funny? On the other hand, many of my British friends tell me that American humor is too obvious.
“But isn’t that the point of a joke?
Another point of contention is customer service in the UK.
The content creator remarked, “The customer service here is trash, but I just feel like since they don’t get tips, they have no motivation to have great service.”
“There are so many times I’ll go to a place and they’ll be like ‘What do you want?’ Just like that. And that’s just the norm.
But he didn’t stop there. He was fed up with the incessant political teasing from the British, with many asking him: “What do you think of Trump?” Or about Joe Biden?
Many commented that the American expat was “only in London” and urged the TikToker to “come to Yorkshire” to observe the difference. Another repeated the sentiment seen above: “Where I live (not London) people always say please and thank you.”
The TikToker wasn’t happy and said his fellow Americans would view the intrusion as a clear invasion of privacy.
He said, ‘I’m just like my brother, like back home some people will be p***** if you ask who you voted for.
This comes after another American TikToker posted about her qualms as an American expat also living in the UK.
Andrea Celeste, from Los Angeles, shared a video with her 186,000 followers as part of her series “Socially Acceptable Things in England That Would Confuse Americans.”
Speaking directly to the camera, Andrea said: “You probably won’t see many people drinking a glass of pure milk in England (but) in America people do it all the time with almost every meal, not just with biscuits.”