Brits bewildered after learning Americans don’t pack away their shopping in supermarkets

By Staff

Turns out, Americans have a life of luxury when they go supermarket shopping as they don’t pack their own purchases. It makes the idea of a flustered American at a British Lidl checkout quite amusing

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Americans living in the UK may get a little flustered when shopping in a supermarket – due to a huge cultural difference.

Most Brits think there are little differences between England and America. Yes, they say ‘candy’ instead of ‘sweets’, refer to manual cars as ‘driving stick’ and have contrasting opinions when it comes to tipping – but apart from that the two countries are pretty similar.

However, Andrea Celeste witnessed a slew of culture shocks when moving over to London from the States – and has racked up an impressive following online sharing her experiences. One of the main differences she noticed was in the supermarket, and it has nothing to do with the type of food on offer (although US blocks of cheese are ridiculously large).

The check-out experience varies greatly depending on where you’re shopping, as TikTok user @anndreacelleste explained back in 2023. In the video captioned ‘Things that are socially acceptable in England that would confuse Americans’ – Andrea said: “People pack their own groceries in supermarkets. There isn’t anyone that packs it all for you at the end of your shop.”

She also shared her experience trying out Wetherspoons plus a number of different British customs she found surprising. For instance, her list included: “People drinking in the airport at any time of the day.” Andrea revealed: “I went to Thailand recently and the Wetherspoon’s pub at the airport was like completely packed at like 5am with people drinking before going on holiday. You don’t tip bartenders in the UK and the overall tipping culture is very different.”.

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Andrea also thought Brits have different attitudes when it comes to talking about our money and the way we take our tea. “Saying you want tea in England means English breakfast tea; they aren’t usually going to ask you if you want peppermint or hibiscus or green tea, like they do in the US.”

Amazed, British commenters were quick to share their surprise at some points – and defended others. “You can request help packing in supermarkets I work in one yes it’s very rare but you can request it,” read one reply.

“I never knew that you don’t pack your own shopping over in the US! until now I guess,” said a second. Meanwhile, someone wrote: “An alcoholic beverage at the airport is practically the law,” and a fan commented: “More on Wetherspoons please such a fascinating British subculture!!!”

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