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[–]ironicusage 600 points601 points  (70 children)

That thing where in Europe they bring the card reader to you when you pay for your food at a restaurant.

[–]snoboreddotcom 111 points112 points  (4 children)

This is pretty standard in any even nicer (read jack astors and above) restaurant in Canada

[–]psychoopiates 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Every diner and bar I've been to does it as well in Canada.

[–]Ryudo83 63 points64 points  (42 children)

That's becoming more common now that we offer chip and pin on our cards.

[–]FuckCazadors 36 points37 points  (13 children)

Chip and PIN is pretty old hat. Do you have contactless cards?

[–]hawaiian717 13 points14 points  (10 children)

The US actually got contactless cards quite a while ago but they never gained much popularity, and some US banks stopped issuing them when they started issuing Chip and Signature cards. There are a handful of banks that still offer them or have started since, but in the US contactless payments are more common via smartphone (Apple/Google/Samsung Pay) then with a contactless card.

[–]Funmachine 47 points48 points  (22 children)

Chip and pin is almost 20 years old in the UK.

[–]SwindleLeague 3004 points3005 points  (586 children)

I think the majority of Europe gives both new mothers and fathers time off to spend with their child. This sounds like a really beneficial part for both parties.

[–]fuckingdontmatter 335 points336 points  (19 children)

In Norway the total time off is up to 1 year and both parents have to take 15 weeks each!! So the dads actually have to take time off.

[–]sionnach 82 points83 points  (0 children)

So utterly sensible.

[–]fiestytreasure 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Unless the mother is unemployed, then the father gets no parental leave (still salty that I couldn't get more time in the first year, but it's better now after some years)

Source: didn't get because unemployed S.O

[–]yakusokuN8 104 points105 points  (6 children)

John Oliver did a segment on Paid Family Leave on Last Week Tonight.

According to the United Nations, we [United States] and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the world that do not provide any paid time off for new mothers.

Edit: It looks like PNG is making great strides to ensure that the United States stands alone.

[–]glitterberry22 37 points38 points  (26 children)

They do that in Canada too, my husband and I both get a year leave with pay.

[–]KingGorilla 38 points39 points  (22 children)

A YEAR????

[–]psinguine 78 points79 points  (15 children)

In France you get paid leave until your child starts kindergarten. They feel it's the best thing for their country if children recieve the best possible care.

[–]Harbenger 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Hah in the good ole US in regards to the government all the care and worry about children happen before it is born, not after

[–]ActingGrandNagus 657 points658 points  (429 children)

What the fucking shit?! You don't have that?

Jesus fucking christ that's insane


To give you yanks some perspective of how it is in the UK:

In the UK you get 2 weeks paid paternity by law and can go to at least two antenatal appointments. The minimum allowed pay is £145 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).

You get 52 weeks maternity leave, paying £145 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) per week.

All holidays/sick days are preserved and also still accrued whilst taking leave.

[–]smp501 498 points499 points  (204 children)

Hahaha no. My wife is a teacher, and she's given the "privilege" of having 6 weeks unpaid vacation. Oh, but she's also required to burn through all her allotted sick days first.

That means she comes back to work with a 6-week old and zero sick days. If the kid (or her) do get sick and need to take a day here or there, the district will "loan" her time, meaning she has negative time off and has to keep working there to pay them back.

Thankfully, I make decent money and my company offers paid leave for both parents, so we've decided that when it comes time to have kids, she's just going to have to quit that job for a while.

[–]devilsonlyadvocate 182 points183 points  (33 children)

I cannot imagine having to go back to work with a six week old.

[–]smp501 155 points156 points  (22 children)

It's criminal. I taught years ago, and I remember how down the new mothers were, having to leave their newborns with grandparents or strangers (daycare) to work all day, stay late for mandatory clubs/meetings, and get home at or after 6:00. These are often people who have worked for the same school or district for years, and get shat on when they're most vulnerable.

[–]DrunkJackMcDoogle 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I left the teaching world because of how shitty you are treated by everyone. Admin, parents, students, and in general, society. Some people never outgrow hate for teachers out of some weird "I was a kid once and a teacher was mean to me so fuck all teachers" attitude.

[–]devilsonlyadvocate 51 points52 points  (16 children)

Not only would it be exhausting, but really unfair on the baby too. I wonder what the US breastfeeding stats are compared to countries with parental leave? I took 18 months off work when I had my son, it was awesome, and nice to have such a break from working, something I'll not get to experience again until I retire.

[–]smp501 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Like everything in the US (education, healthcare, etc.), I'm sure it's a strong function of social class/household income.

[–]swanseasatan 7 points8 points  (2 children)

As long as you don't get laid off.............. Source: Got laid off.

[–]Weaseldances 18 points19 points  (24 children)

"allotted sick days" are a thing in the US?

[–]smp501 21 points22 points  (11 children)

Yep. Some places have X number of sick days and Y number of "personal days." For my wife she gets 10 sick days per year but only TWO personal days per year, meaning if we want to go to the beach or the mountains and take a Friday, she has to get it approved - and many principals won't approve Monday or Friday personal days because they can't get substitutes (because they pay them $8/hour and require them to have a college degree).

That's why it's a meme to "call in sick" when you need to take a day off. Even then, sometimes principals will require a doctor note (meaning an $80 trip to the doctor) if you call sick on a Monday or Friday, or for 2 or more days in a row. It fucking sucks.

Also, for the record, even though teachers are able to be "off" when school isn't in session, like for summers and holidays, they are NOT paid for those days. Their contract is a daily rate x 190 school days (i.e. when kids are sitting in desks), but they are forced to have their money withheld and spread across the entire year so they get paid in the summers.

[–]Weaseldances 25 points26 points  (6 children)

And it's just kind of accepted that people have to pretend to be ill to get leave? That's.... mental

[–]ActingGrandNagus 229 points230 points  (57 children)

I don't know why Americans put up with shit like this

[–]DaBlakMayne 198 points199 points  (13 children)

Honestly its a mentality thing. "Fuck off, I did it 30 years ago, why do these uppity youths need more time off?"

[–]DrunkJackMcDoogle 164 points165 points  (10 children)

I loathe this attitude. Sure you did grandpa, back when you could buy a house, a car and support a family of 5 working at the bean factory.

[–]captainstan 84 points85 points  (3 children)

While your wife was able to stay home.

[–]Pencilowner 29 points30 points  (2 children)

To be fair a lot of those same people who raised a family of 4 on a single income are losing their retirement due to the choices they made leading to the financial crisis. When that happens it’s very unamerican to take responsibility so of course it’s the millennials fault.

[–]DaBlakMayne 18 points19 points  (0 children)

We get blamed for participation trophies despite the fact that the Boomer and Gen X parents were the ones who gave them to us.

[–]GWindborn 30 points31 points  (0 children)

That's basically what I got from my boss at my last job. I wanted to blow my entire vacation on my daughter's birth and he scoffed at taking more than 3 days in a row at a time. It was absolute bullshit. "I didn't get the opportunity to take off for weeks at a time when my kids were born, why should anyone else?" "The kid doesn't even really need you during the first couple weeks." Fuck you. There are few people in the world that I genuinely hate. He's one of them. So glad I left that place in the dust.

[–]guystringofnumbers 108 points109 points  (17 children)

We can't fight back. Many of us are on at will employment and can be fired for anything. We work 9-5 nonstop as essentially wage slaves and literally can't take time to protest or go to D.C. because it could destroy our means of income. It's a serious problem.

[–]james_marcross 57 points58 points  (2 children)

I think this is a major misconception in our modern age. We completely forgot what unionization was about and have let them (Corporate America) run rampant (i.e. treating workers just well enough, wage suppression, etc.) until "Unions" became a dirty word in the American lexicon. We have the right to discuss our rights as workers, to come together for a purpose and demand that companies provide safe working environments, adequate compensation for work, and many other things. But because there are so many businesses that refuse to "allow" unionization by threatening to pull the entire operation out of the local area, we refuse to jeopardize our source of income.

But realistically, no company can maintain themselves if all of their workers are willing to stand up and say "No more" using a unified voice. With today's technology and communication networks being so much more accessible, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't use those tools to better our circumstances. (Imagine if we applied similar logic to abolishing gerrymandering and other abuses of the system?)

We have the tools, just not the willpower and sense of community to achieve radical change.

[–]Iseethetrain 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Unions cannot exist if there are enough well trained scabs. Low wage workers can't unionize. High paid workers don't need to, as scarcity has given them all the benefits they need

[–]Plagueofmemes 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Because we have no choice. You want more time off? That's cute, we'll hire the guy that's willing to work that time.

[–]Proletarian1819 46 points47 points  (8 children)

The American system seems to pretty much encourage the men earn/women stay at home dynamic.

[–]Diggy696 54 points55 points  (3 children)

Problem is wages here dont allow that anymore. We still earn higher than our European counterparts but the COL here in any major metro area is ridiculous or on its way there.

For the most part, alot of people really need those two incomes to live anywhere decent and be able to live comfortably.

[–]keplar 25 points26 points  (0 children)

We have very few employee rights of any kind here, compared to other developed nations. It wasn't until 1993 that we even got the right to unpaid leave for childbirth. Even for that, you have to work at the company for a year first, at least 25 hours per week, the company must employ 50+ people in your area, you must apply in advance for approval from the company, and the company can send you around for multiple medical opinions before approving.

There is no right to paid leave of any kind at the federal level here - no vacation days or sick days are provided by law.

[–]solitaryjedi117 80 points81 points  (49 children)

My union finally won the fight to give us paternity leave went from having to use our PTO to now getting 4weeks paid, it was an exhaustingly dumb fight

[–]Petrus_was_taken 15 points16 points  (47 children)

Dutch here, we get 2 days.

[–]filbertsnuts 42 points43 points  (33 children)

Most of the US gets nothing.

[–]Petrus_was_taken 26 points27 points  (30 children)

So babies need to wait until the weekend or do you take unpaid/vacation days?

[–]xp9876_ 41 points42 points  (16 children)

Vacation days if you have them. When my son was born I took the week off and that's it. It was half of my vacation for the year.

[–]_kalia 44 points45 points  (9 children)

Two weeks paid time off for the year??

Bloody hell, in the UK if you work 5 days a week, you're legally entitled to 28 days paid time off per year. My job technically gives me 33 since we get the 8 bank holidays off and then 25 days to use as we choose.

[–]tarmintreasure 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Is the UK hiring immigrants from the US?

[–]skylos2000 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Two weeks is considered good. We're not legally entitled to anything.

[–]jim_okc 48 points49 points  (13 children)

In the United States, aside from safety rules for truckers and medical staff and such, if you are an adult, the terms of your employment are between you, your employer, and maybe your union. There is no government mandated time off.

[–]mr_dogbot 54 points55 points  (9 children)

safety rules for ... medical staff

Ah yes those fine rules that allow residents to work a 16 hour shift until 7 am and then come in to work a 24 hour shift at 2. Seems safe

God bless America

[–]Treecey 81 points82 points  (54 children)

No we don't, and like Healthcare, Americans believe it's a privilege, not a right to spend time with your newborn child. So, you know, that will never happen here anyways.

[–]yakusokuN8 25 points26 points  (8 children)

That means in order to have a baby, couples ideally should be saving thousands of dollars to pay for all the expenses, including the mother taking a few months off of work. That's an untenable position for a lot of young married couples.

When thousands of would-be parents delay being a parent because they can't afford it or decide that they shouldn't be parents at all, then someone out there notices a demographic shift and writes an article about how millennials are skipping out on being parents:

Why Millennials Don't Want Babies

A July 2018 Pew Research poll found that more than half of all millennial couples who delayed parenthood cited money as a "major factor".

It's no surprise that the "ME Generation" would rather avoid making sacrifices like cutting down on luxuries such as eating out less, waiting longer to purchase a new car and other new tech, or giving up their smartphones so that they can save money and provide for their children. In an age of selfie sticks, Instagram, and vlogs where young people take lavish vacations, dine on gourmet avocado toast breakfasts, and buy Supreme yoga pants worth hundreds of dollars, the same youth now just coming of age put their wants first, and their needs second.

Newer couples are opting to put their savings towards an expensive wedding and a better house, and putting off starting a family. Younger Americans seem to have the mindset that the mother quitting her job to focus on raising the children, while the father supports the whole family is an "outdated, sexist model".

[–]Treecey 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Haha. That's funny. I've actually been putting off having a child (I've wanted to be a mother for a long time) solely because of money. Granted I was planning to do it alone so I wouldn't have a father's support, but even in a relationship I still never felt financially ready. I actually regret putting it off now, but hey, that's life.

[–]faerie03 19 points20 points  (6 children)

I’ve had four children. For all of them, my husband has used his vacation time. Since he’s only allowed to use a week at a time, it was 7 days from when I went into labor and he was back to work. It really didn’t allow any time to recover for either of us.

[–]Byizo 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Here it depends on the company. The vast majority of businesses give maternity leave, but not all of them are paid. I do know Bank of America gives 4mo paid and an optional 2 more unpaid.

[–]soomuchcoffee 70 points71 points  (23 children)

My wife is due basically any second now. I am taking two weeks paid vacation.

My wife gets maternity leave, but it's a fucking joke too. She gets like six weeks (maybe 4?) "medically necessary" compensated time off. Basically short term disability. After that they don't pay her, or she can use her PTO, BUT she gets to come back to her job after three months. How generous.

So in like a week I will have two kids, 1.5 salaries for a month, and then just my salary until the fall.

When my wife goes back to work full time day care for two children is literally my wife's entire post-tax salary. And she has a legit corporate job.

What a country.

[–]GottaLetMeFly 31 points32 points  (15 children)

If all of her income is going to pay for the childcare, why would she work at all? Stay home and enjoy the time with family, plus you will actually save money because you can cut down on work expenses like transportation, lunches out and work clothes.

[–]LlamaCee 80 points81 points  (5 children)

That's a great question...Because we lose our work history and have a career gap. Also get the back in the head worry "will my husband leave me with single with no job and a kid." Most people have 2 kids or so too, so it becomes a 5-6 year gap to just get them to school age, at which point technology can change so much. Plus, I don't WANT to just make lunches and freaking play patty cake all day. A lot of women enjoy working too, but just want that first critical year to be a little more forgiving for BOTH parents to take time as needed until healed and in a routine.

[–]hermeown 18 points19 points  (0 children)

This. I want kids AND a career, career gaps can become career ends for too many mothers.

[–]sanslumiere 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I can't speak for OP, but I'm also going back to work at 3 months. Employment gaps can be killer and I'll be able to keep up my retirement contributions, even if my take home pay after daycare isn't that much.

[–]Minkyjube 48 points49 points  (25 children)

Canadian here! I’m currently on mat leave, I receive about 50 weeks (70% of my income for the first 18 weeks and 55% for the remainder) my husband receives 5 weeks paternity leave on top of that. Furthermore I have access to government funded daycare so I only have to pay about 8$ a day for child care once I go back to work. I hear stories of parents having to return to work after a few weeks and paying a fortune for childcare, I honestly don’t know how they do that. I have a lot of admiration for them and I am very VERY grateful for the benefits I have access too.

[–]Anthemize 28 points29 points  (11 children)

This isn't for all Canadians, for those who may be thinking Canada's got it good.

[–]Minkyjube 12 points13 points  (8 children)

You’re right, I’m in Quebec which is very generous with childcare benefits

[–]teoshds2 972 points973 points  (100 children)

Longer vacation time off

[–]Byesweetlove 235 points236 points  (34 children)

I work for a hospital that requires us to use our PTO for HOLIDAYS. Tough times.

[–]Briggsy16 52 points53 points  (12 children)

What's the difference between PTO and holidays? I would expect you to use your PTO for going on holiday..? Is PTO and holiday days off different in America?

[–]henrytm82 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Right. In America, we don't use the word "holiday" to mean any vacation or paid time off, we use it specifically to address those days of the year that are significant, like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, or Independence Day. We call those "holidays" and private employers are not at all required to give you those days off paid. Some do, but most will at most close their doors for the day, but will not pay their workers for the day unless the worker chooses to burn one of their PTO days.

[–]nalc 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Varies by company, typically a holiday means that it's a fixed day off. I get 15 vacation days that I can use whenever I want. But something like Thanksgiving is a holiday - I don't need to use a vacation day for it, but I can't tell my boss "Hey, I really want to take November 7th off instead, so I'll work on Thanksgiving and use my holiday for that instead" - I get an extra paid day off, but only on one specific date.

Certain companies, however, will close on a day and say "you MUST take a vacation day". They might close the office but not give you an extra day, so you can't come in and you're forced to take one of your 15 or however many floating 'vacation' days.

[–]SpatialAwarenessWeek 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You can bank holidays in some places, though you can only use them after the holiday has happened ie banking thanksgiving for a longer Christmas. Probably isn’t super common, but my org gets a crazy number of holidays (like Election Day) so they implemented that policy. Only other catch is you have to spend the hours before the next fiscal year otherwise you lose them.

[–]SquishMont 17 points18 points  (0 children)

holiday in america = bank holiday in the UK.

holiday in the UK = vacation in america.

re-read it with that in mind and it'll make more sense.

[–]teoshds2 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Yes they are PTO is personal time off, holidays are paid usually with holiday pay. A lot of companies give you PTO to help with doctor appointments and anything else.

[–]AFRN 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I'm only an outlier, a not-at-all-example of the rest of the country; I work for the federal government so I started with 5 weeks a year.

However, to piggyback off yours, I wish taking large blocks of time off was more accepted here in the US. Even at my place of work, getting approved to use your vacation is a challenge and anything more than 2 weeks at a time is met with such pushback and scrutiny that many people just don't put up the fight. I wish we had a culture that accepted and celebrated it's holiday aspect.

[–]one_78 7 points8 points  (53 children)

How much do you have?

[–]Byizo 14 points15 points  (24 children)

2 weeks, 3 after 5 years, 4 after 15 years. Typically 9-10 additional holiday days. I lucked out on the job I have though. They give flex time, so if you work over 45 hours in a week every extra hour is more time you can spend on vacation.

[–]that-there 19 points20 points  (11 children)

2 weeks, 3 after 5 years, 4 after 15 years.

wtf

in the uk and ireland, thankfully, we have to have a minimum of 28 days off in a year.

[–]1738_bestgirl 16 points17 points  (0 children)

yeah the world is a much better place when corporations don't own your government

[–]A_Ron24 1947 points1948 points  (254 children)

Include sales tax in the listed price

[–]i_wish_i_could__ 186 points187 points  (164 children)

They don't?

[–]AlphaTangoFoxtrt 309 points310 points  (88 children)

Issue is sales tax is SALT (State And Local Tax). It can change literally by driving 5 miles across the county line.

So stores would need to have new price labels for each locality and manufacturers couldn't put "$.99!" on the product itself.

Also all advertisements would have to be local.

[–]TheGodDamnedTree 94 points95 points  (18 children)

Thats the issue, I am unable to fathom the fact that manufacturers have to advertise the price. We dont do that shit here and the one time Coca Cola decided it would be cool to print it on their cans it backfired hilariously when they got slammed with false advertisement charges

[–]DoomWillTakeUsAll 34 points35 points  (14 children)

Seems to work for Arizona tea though. 99 cents, right on the can. I know people have posted photos where it is priced differently, but I've never actually seen that happen.

[–]Papervolcano 37 points38 points  (20 children)

Why would manufacturers have to put the price on every product? They don't now, and it's up to the shop how much they charge for it, generally. Put the price+tax on the shelf, equip an assistant team leader with a pen, pricing gun or a label printer if you're fancy, and you're sorted.

[–]that-there 44 points45 points  (21 children)

So stores would need to have new price labels for each locality

What's the issue? Plenty of places in Europe do that.

[–]Alcopaulics 482 points483 points  (41 children)

Bidets. If I or just about anyone I’ve ever met were to somehow get shit on their forearm, they would clean it off with water and soap. I would damn sure not just dab at it with a dry piece of paper until the paper comes back clean.

Somehow the source of shit gets the absolute worst possible cleaning method than the rest of your body. It makes no sense whatsoever. We’re the generation that made eating ass cool, let’s also make cleaning ass cool too

[–]Not_invented-Here 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Think the bum gun works best.

Also just TIL it's called a bidet shower.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet_shower

[–]dinosaregaylikeme 58 points59 points  (6 children)

My husband and I have one.

Most people think it is because we are two gay men.

Nah, we just don't want to use something that was made in 1883.

[–]OathOfFeanor 23 points24 points  (4 children)

The earliest written reference to the bidet is in 1726 in Italy

But no seriously it's because IT'S BETTER. I could go into graphic detail about why the bidet is better than toilet paper, but I won't. It's just so much better.

[–]Tristen9 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I think I remember a TIL about bidets being considered a “green technology” cause it uses less - everything - per ass cleaned compared to toilet paper.

[–]OathOfFeanor 5 points6 points  (2 children)

That's just icing on the cake.

I mean it's better from an end-user perspective. Cleans better. Requires less effort. Never out of toilet paper. Etc.

[–]Zack1018 612 points613 points  (66 children)

Dense urban areas with public transit, access to markets, ect. without requiring a car

[–]wightwulf1944 149 points150 points  (19 children)

I used to work for a call center as a customer service representative and this is what took me so long to understand. Why can't you go places without a car? I used to suggest people to come over to one of our stores to get their stuff fixed/replaced/picked up and they'd say they don't have a car and I'm like "so?"

Living in a country with what I believe is shitty public transport with no car and still able to go places this was so hard for me to understand

[–]a_trane13 111 points112 points  (8 children)

Shitty public transport would be fine. Most people don't have access to any.

[–]pauljs75 87 points88 points  (7 children)

You don't realize how shitty shitty is in some areas. Some bus schedules will cost you an extra 4 hours out of your day to go somewhere. It's not like a half-hour or some 15 minutes, the times they run the buses are that sparse on some routes.

It's to the point where you may as well not have any in those areas, even though it says they have coverage on paper.

[–]a_trane13 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Lol yeah, I do realize. I was just making a point that it's normal to not even have it.

I've lived in the Midwest. Even with public transport, it's essentially non-existent.

[–]Dfarrey89 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Currently in the rural midwest. Best we have here for public transport is a bus system that you have to schedule a ride days in advance, and their dispatch office will almost certainly write the time down wrong, so you'll have no idea when the bus will actually show up.

Our county also banned services like Uber out of fear that they would take business away from our terrible bus service.

[–]grizzfan 632 points633 points  (130 children)

I'm gonna break from politics and economics on this one...

Create relegation-style professional sports leagues and actual sports academies/clubs that develop athletes to play on the international stage.

[–]Jek-TonoPorkins 62 points63 points  (43 children)

I think the athletes that compete do very well in the sports that Americans really care about. The most popular sports watched are American Football, Basketball, Baseball, and then probably hockey. Americans love the Olympic events but most will only tune in to football for major events like the world cup and will hardly ever watch other sports like rugby. I tend to see the US doing fairly well in international basketball and baseball competitions and overall fairly well in both summer and winter olympics. Men's football is a struggle and I don't even know what other international sports Americans aren't as good at because they aren't ever televised or marketed. Are there other sports you know of or is Men's football the main one you are referencing?

[–]Scout_tf2 30 points31 points  (30 children)

Men’s soccer is what he’s referring to. USA’s baseball and basketball national teams are current world champions.

We should focus more on getting rid of pay for play and improving our current academies before focusing on pro/rel imo.

And soccer past hockey in popularity awhile ago.

[–]RedInk223 102 points103 points  (63 children)

This. And people wonder why our soccer teams suck compared to the rest of the world. The Women's team is the exception. You women rock, can't wait to see the World Cup next year!!

[–]dmkicksballs13 102 points103 points  (26 children)

Um, that's not why our soccer teams suck. They suck because most don't play soccer past 10-12 years old and because our athletes make waaaaaaaaay more money in football, basketball, and baseball. So, soccer gets the scraps.

[–]EnglishHooligan 13 points14 points  (24 children)

That is the reason for a smaller talent pool but we also have some highly skilled players with the over 20 free-to-play MLS academies from the U19 level to U10s. The problem is the coaching they get.

[–]TheMagicManCometh 124 points125 points  (29 children)

Our mens team sucks because most of our best male athletes don't play soccer.

[–]SMORKIN_LABBIT 17 points18 points  (0 children)

It’s actually a development and scouting problem. To play at high levels and be spotted young enough to develop you have to be able to pay a lot of money to join clubs in those leagues where scouts are watching. Or travel to the few locations. In Europe those fees are covered by the clubs which lets a bigger pool of athletes with diverse backgrounds into the sport. Off the top of my head I can think of 3 of the top talent in the world came from poverty in South America or Europe. Players who of born in the US would likely never have played. It’s not a talent pool suck, that’s a ridiculous argument when Iceland with a population of 334,253 can field a contending team.

The women’s team contends despite these issues because the US puts far more effort into their women’s programs for longer than many other nations did.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I think that the women are good because there isn’t as much focus on other women’s sports.

Football, basketball, and baseball tend to pull most male athletes away from soccer.

Knew a kid in high school that loved soccer and was really good at it. Went to college on a football scholarship as a kicker. Turned down the soccer offers.

[–]Thoomer_Bottoms 116 points117 points  (3 children)

Educate children rather than teaching them how to take standardized exams.

[–]Roxel22 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is so needed, even here in europe. Exams are way too important and the act of learning is forgotten. I had more fun watching black hole videos on youtube at peace at home during summer vacation than learning anything in school.

[–]Terrinn 1213 points1214 points  (124 children)

The metric system

[–]Sparklesnap 391 points392 points  (45 children)

Weirdly, the metric system is technically already adopted in the US. By law, it’s the official system of measurement.

It’s just that businesses & the public haven’t adopted it.

[–]BrodieSkiddlzMusic 267 points268 points  (13 children)

Yeah we’re largely metric. 2 liters, cc’s in hospitals, lest we forget the metric fuckton

[–]baimastr1 194 points195 points  (5 children)

Over in the metric world, we call it a fucktonne.

[–]BrodieSkiddlzMusic 69 points70 points  (2 children)

See that guys? Helping us join the future

[–]Prufrock451 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I'm sad no one calls a lot of land a fucktare

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

The cc's in hospitals is probably because the science world, both in the US and out of it, uses the metric system.

[–]joshychrist 30 points31 points  (7 children)

We have it on everything but road signs. All all labels have metrics on it.

I'm an american and i use it as an easier way to tell weight.

[–]Sparklesnap 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Road signs, gas stations, maps, anything to do with cars, really.

[–]not_better 66 points67 points  (4 children)

It’s just that businesses & the public haven’t adopted it.

If your own highway signs are still in imperial, it most certainly ISN'T "business and public" that doesn't accept it.

[–]Autarch_Kade 79 points80 points  (3 children)

Pfft, even in Britain they still pay for things with pounds

[–]JPK86753099 102 points103 points  (23 children)

Every USA thread this comes up but metric is the standard for almost every 6th grade science and math class. Not really a foreign concept for the majority of Americans

[–]Momik 37 points38 points  (14 children)

Yeah, but damned if I don't have to look up Fahrenheit equivalents whenever I see something in Celsius.

[–]SnausageFest 18 points19 points  (8 children)

That's one of the few conversions that just won't stick for me. It's a pretty precise equation for in-the-head math.

[–]Zveng2 13 points14 points  (7 children)

The quick and easy way is to double the Celsius reading and add 32. You’ll be off a few degrees but it’ll be close enough for you to get the idea of the temperature.

[–]Brawndo91 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Exactly, we use both. Scientists aren't measuring out pints of fluids in labs, and doctors aren't pulling a couple tablespoons of blood out of your veins. And I don't see anything wrong with it using imperial where we always have. Especially considering every existing building was measured in feet and inches.

[–]1jq512 642 points643 points  (112 children)

Mandatory time off and health care. Just about all Americans agree healthcare needs to be fixed here. I haven't heard a European, Canadian or Australian say that they would prefer our system. They seem content with theirs.

Other than that I love living here.

[–]TexMexxx 162 points163 points  (14 children)

They seem content with theirs.

We still have our own problems here and there but overall it's great. My son has a severe chronic desease, needs expencive meds, regular doctors visits and regular physiotherapy and we don't have to pay anything for it (beside the regular healthcare fee). I think we would have a way harder time in the US.

[–]ninjapanda042 77 points78 points  (6 children)

I was talking about this with a co-worker the other day. Another co-worker of ours had a fairly serious heart attack near the beginning of the year and only came back to work a couple months ago. I knew he had been considering retirement last year when the company offered packages to the most senior folks so I was somewhat surprised he just didn't retire now.He's eligible for the company pension (30+ years years here) but he's not old enough for Medicare/social security yet. Apparently health insurance/care is too expensive if he retired now so he has to keep working for another couple years still.

[–]Diggy696 26 points27 points  (0 children)

These are probably the two biggest things that keep alot of us working.

The cost of healthcare in general, and the fact that alot of our health insurance is tied into our employment so people stay on to keep health insurance costs down.

[–]Lyceus_ 91 points92 points  (9 children)

Honestly, healthcare is the thing that would be the biggest problem to me if I moved to the US. In Spain healthcare is free, and even if you have an optional private insurance, you don't have to pay the insane amounts of money I hear about the US (and if the insurance company is ruled by jerks and don't cover something, the publuc system will).

It's insane there are people in the US don't go to the doctor because they can't afford it.

[–]Catshit-Dogfart 56 points57 points  (5 children)

My dad has been hit with so many medical bills after my mom died, ended up having to dump his retirement fund into paying some of it off so he wouldn't lose the house.

We're fortunate because we're not poor, but nobody - nobody except the very rich can afford this. Now my dad has no retirement, and I worry I'll be stuck with his medical bills someday, either that or let the debt collection agencies take everything he owns.

And if my mom would have went to the doctor more often, I think she would have at least been able to treat her cancer earlier. But she didn't, because it was too expensive.

[–]la-noche-viene 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I truly am very sorry to hear about your mother. It makes me boiling mad knowing that fucktards here in the US will say that your mom should have taken better care of herself. I will knock out their teeth and say that they should have more empathy.

[–]Catshit-Dogfart 46 points47 points  (7 children)

If there's one thing that really, truly pisses me off - it's when they say you should shop around for a more affordable doctor.

Let me tell ya, and this is very personal, when you're trying to get someone you love to a hospital for an emergency you are not thinking about shopping around for the lowest cost

The only kind of person who would say this and actually believe it is someone who has never had to rush a person they love to the hospital, so wealthy and pampered that they can't relate real life problems anymore, or brainwashed into advocating against themselves.

[–]ChicDoom 415 points416 points  (42 children)

Rest of the world a stretch but I wish we would adopt Western European criminal sentencing standards and prisoner treatment.

Would also like to adapt the French work week

[–]dmo7000 98 points99 points  (8 children)

Most good French jobs work much longer than you think, leaving at 5 is rare, but they also take like 2 hour lunch/coffee/cigarette breaks, but no one with a good job works 35 hours a week.

[–]majestic_tapir 82 points83 points  (4 children)

I'm in the UK. Excellent job, working 35 hours a week, although I put in closer to 40 because I enjoy my job. If I left exactly on time, no one looks down on me at all.

It's fantastic.

[–]SlipperyShaman 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I look forward to my boss' displeasing looks when I'm walking out the door at 5pm every day.

[–]Davedoffy 391 points392 points  (10 children)

French work week :

Monday : Sick

Tuesday: Work

Wednesday: Work

Thursday: Strike

Friday: Strike

Saturday: Free

Sunday: Party hard because it actually came home to them

[–]that-there 130 points131 points  (6 children)

Tuesday: Work

Wednesday: Work

this is too much work

[–]IvyTheGreat01 31 points32 points  (0 children)

C’est la vie

[–]munching_brotatoe 283 points284 points  (38 children)

Affordable health care. Here in Germany I could go into the ER for a serious condition and not have to fork out more than $100.

[–]Byizo 182 points183 points  (16 children)

In a lot of cases it's significantly cheaper to quit your job, move abroad, and live there long enough to gain citizenship than it is to have an operation in the US.

[–]justsomevisitor 80 points81 points  (7 children)

I have even heard stories of people flying to a European country, pay for a week long holiday, pay for a surgery and fly back to the US and it will still be cheaper... Can't remember if this is 100% true so feel free to pitch in.

[–]KingGorilla 73 points74 points  (2 children)

Medical tourism is definitely a thing. We also go to Mexico because labor is cheaper there too but Europe might have better facilities for more serious surgeries.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_tourism

[–]GrimmTrixX 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Yea man. About 3 years ago I had an Umbilical Hernia repaired. It was $2200 for the transdermal mesh alone, my medical insurance thru my job didn't cover it at all. Oh but they did cover $130 of the roughly $250 for the anesthesia. Such great insurance here in the US. :-/

Bonus: I also tore my achilles and broke a small bone in my foot (on the side of my right pinky toe) a year and a half ago, but luckily no surgery or cast needed. I was given a $400 boot to wear, but my insurance covered about $150 of it. Yippy.

[–]Magzillian 508 points509 points  (85 children)

I think there are big ones like universal style healthcare, but personally I would really like daylight savings to go the fuck away.

[–]a_trane13 95 points96 points  (4 children)

In Morocco they have daylight savings, twice a year.

And it doesn't happen on a specific schedule. You have to wait for the government to announce it, a year or so in advance, because of Ramadan.

[–]Lyceus_ 37 points38 points  (9 children)

Europe does daylight saving time. It's actually pretty good for the summer, since we in southern Europe like to go out and take advantage of the light in the evenings.

[–]MrsRobertshaw 23 points24 points  (7 children)

Daylight savings is great! (Nz)

[–]nalc 119 points120 points  (22 children)

I don't understand the hate. I don't particularly want it to be getting light out at 4:30am in the summer when I am trying to sleep, but having an extra hour of daylight in the evening is great for outdoor activities. It's lovely being able to go for a nice long walk after dinner without it being dark out yet.

[–]ilovestability 38 points39 points  (12 children)

There is the option of permanently setting the clocks to summertime. I think Russia did that for a while. Also, it's an option in the current EU survey.

[–]nalc 42 points43 points  (10 children)

The downside of that would be that sunrise in the winter could get as late as 8:30am, which puts the morning rush hour in darkness. Although I go into work at 7am, so I am pretty much commuting in darkness 4 months of the year anyway.

[–]iBleeedorange 27 points28 points  (4 children)

The ride home at 5 is in darkness in the winter....

[–]shecca 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Yeah, I'd much rather drive to work in the dark than drive home in it.

[–]LJ160491 21 points22 points  (11 children)

Most of Australia have Day Light Savings :)

[–]BeJeezus 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Lots of countries have the equivalent of daylight savings time, though it might be called something else (“summer time” etc.)

[–]GooseNZ 729 points730 points  (280 children)

Stop fucking tipping. Just pay your service industry employees.

[–]dmkicksballs13 435 points436 points  (165 children)

Every time I see this I realize that none of you have been a waiter in the states. 99% of waiters and waitresses want to keep the tipping system. They make more money than minimum wage.

[–]chettios 190 points191 points  (60 children)

Yeah, there’ll be bad nights where you’re just barely making over $10 an hour, but a couple times a week you can make that sweet sweet cheddar like $25 an hour and just make bank. Most servers love it, and don’t want to end the tipping service.

[–]Wrecktum_ 74 points75 points  (18 children)

I’m a bartender, I make well over $40 an hour frequently. Please don’t get of my tips. As a college student with limited availability to work, I can’t make a fraction of what I do tending bar doing anything else

[–]ES_Legman 95 points96 points  (38 children)

And they promote a bad habit of underpaying workers by forcing the customers in paying more than they should. Just add it up on the price and offer fair employment.

[–]AxlLight 69 points70 points  (12 children)

Thats because people pay an extra 15-20% what they already wanted to pay on the food, in tipping (aka salary) to the waiter. Its not and should not be my responsibility that the waiter makes end meet at the end of the day.

And no one is saying a waiter should get minimum wage, but neither should anyone really. But why is it on the customer to have that burden on him with every meal? The owner/manager can decide it based on experience, seniority, how well they work, level of restaurant, etc. If the restaurant doesn't pay what the waiter is worth, that waiter should find a different place, like every other field out there.

Why not make tipping the salary system of every service position? Bought a new laptop? Here take 20% of that as a tip kind sir/madam.

Aside from that, its also good for waiters, having a steady and certain stream of money without worrying what if its a slow day/bad day/kitchen makes a ton of mistakes or whatever other reason they might not make a lot of tips that day. (Im not against tipping as a form of bonus for quality over the top service to reward a good employee, but it can't be me paying him his salary).

[–]Trodamus 30 points31 points  (5 children)

A simple thing that we came very close to adopting (and yet so far...) is chip and pin for credit cards, along with handheld POS devices.

The sheer lunacy of letting a stranger leave your sight with your card, bring you a piece of paper that says how much you paid, and then you can modify what you paid (via tip) which gives them permission (somehow) to charge you even more?

[–]henrytm82 222 points223 points  (36 children)

Universal healthcare. No or low-cost basic college education. Paid parental leave for new mothers/fathers. Mandatory paid vacation days every year.

Basically, give a flying fuck about the people living in this country, and their health and well-being.

[–]exhaustedoctopus 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Jesus, yes. We pay a ridiculous amount for health insurance that covers nothing. I spent all day yesterday on the phone with the insurance company, arguing that they need to cover the thing they're supposed to cover. Insurance guy chuckled and told me I was out of luck.

[–]FunWithFerrets 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Basically, give a flying fuck about the people living in this country, and their health and well-being.

That would be a refreshing change of politics wouldn't it?

[–]Darkbetty985 24 points25 points  (4 children)

As a British person it's weird seeing all of you Americans talking down on your country, not because your wrong but because the image most of us get of Americans are people who LOVE America! All were shown is how you all salute the flag and sing the athem everyday and shout about how great it is to be an American. Leaving us to wondering whats so great about not having basic rights to higher education, health care and living wage (without tipping!)

[–]henrytm82 31 points32 points  (1 child)

the image most of us get of Americans are people who LOVE America!

Well you're not wrong. See, that's the thing - I do love my country. I served in the Army, and I have built a career out of working for the Army as a civilian. I'm proud of a lot of this country's history and accomplishments in the short time we've existed, and I'm glad I was born American and given the opportunities I had.

The thing about loving your country is that you don't just blindly accept everything bad about it - you point out its flaws and try to convince the people in charge to change things for the better. This stuff bothers me so much because I love this country and its people, and I want to see better for us.

[–]bestdonut 129 points130 points  (38 children)

I'm seeing a lot about free healthcare, more vacation days, and paying food servers livable wages so they don't rely on tips (I agree with all of that)... It's a small thing, but I haven't seen a comment about going contactless when it comes to things like debit cards lol.. I've been visiting Europe for the past six weeks with my bf now and both of our cards have "chips" in them, which means we have to sign receipts for literally every transaction (even have to have employees come over to the self-serve checkout with the receipt and a pen so we can finish paying and leave, not convenient at all). So yeah, why is our plastic money card technology a few years behind every other Western European country?

[–]nalc 62 points63 points  (22 children)

Yeah, the US really botched the chip cards. The chip is supposed to be more secure in conjunction with a PIN, but nobody wanted to implement the PIN so we get chip and signature cards instead.

Highly recommend that you pick up a true chip and PIN international card with no fees for your next trip, it makes everything easier, especially the self serve kiosks in train stations and such.

Another thing that's nice is how they bring the card machine out to the table and you can do it right there, and in my experience they are better at doing individual payments with a group. A lot of US restaurants will balk at splitting a bill between 8 people, or will just offer to split it evenly across a couple cards. Most other countries seem more willing to let people pay individually. It's so nice to have someone come out with a bill and a credit card machine and just take care of it right there, instead of the usual US process of bringing out the bill, coming back 5 minutes later to take your card, disappearing with your card for 10 minutes, then finally bringing it back out.

[–]bestdonut 13 points14 points  (11 children)

Yes, that last point you made about the restaurants bringing the card machine out to the table- we do really like that! It is so much faster when they do it that way!... and I would assume there's less of a chance of someone stealing card info because they aren't "alone" with the card 🙂

[–]Incantanto 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Yeah, having the person leave with the card freaked me out in the states.

[–]Ikea_Man 148 points149 points  (45 children)

Things Europeans do right that we need to work on:

  • Better vacation policies (we need a federal minimum IMO)

  • Healthcare

  • Work/life balance in general

  • Maternity/paternity leave

  • Public transportation

  • Consumer protection

[–]UncleTrustworthy 128 points129 points  (30 children)

Make vacation days a legal requirement.

[–]edwardianed[S] 90 points91 points  (24 children)

Wait, there's no legally mandated vacation in the United States, like at all? That's rough.

[–]UncleTrustworthy 80 points81 points  (14 children)

Though 77% of employers choose to offer a few vacation days, there is no legal requirement. The average number of vacation days for a US worker is 10, but many people have none at all.

[–]ActingGrandNagus 57 points58 points  (8 children)

What the fuck and I thought my 25 plus bank holidays was bad.

[–]GameOnDevin 76 points77 points  (1 child)

Man, that sounds like paradise.

[–]KingGorilla 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I could actually have a decent vacation rather than use all my PTO days for appointments.

[–]WeirdOctopus 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Wait until you hear about them not having paid sick days.

[–]Byizo 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Any company who doesn't offer vacation time is going to be a supremely shitty place to work. Expecting you to work 260 days/year without time off says everything about their company culture that I need to know to not touch that with a 10 foot stick.

[–]Scott_Liberation 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Unfortunately, not everyone in the US has (or believes they have, which amounts to the same thing) the luxury of turning up their nose at a job that doesn't provide much/any time off.

[–]Stolypin26 24 points25 points  (10 children)

In Shawn of the Dead Shawn lives in a pretty normal neighborhood and at one point he walks from his house to a convenience store to get some food. Here (at least where I live) living in a normal, decent neighborhood and having stores within such a short walking distance isn't the norm. I don't know if that's common outside of England but it was so weird it's like the main thing I remember from that movie.

[–]ThePimptard 46 points47 points  (1 child)

Have bathroom stalls without the gap.

[–]xcesiv_7 79 points80 points  (19 children)

Ban pharmaceutical commercials

List ppm on drinking water

provide evidence of federal income tax being applied to matters serving the people

[–]zooboomafoo47 17 points18 points  (8 children)

Roundabouts. We make traffic come to a complete stop waaaaaaay too often.

[–]TuesGirl 37 points38 points  (7 children)

Standing on one side of the escalator, letting people walk by on the other side. Maybe "rest of world" is a stretch, but...

[–]EricDiersGranny 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Install proper bicycle infrastructure. In so many major US cities it's practically impossible to ride your bike to work without going on major roads. A sidwealk, separated bike lane, parking space, then the road is what should be standard.

[–]ShipperHeart 50 points51 points  (15 children)

Use water to wash after pooping. So much better for the environment.

[–]dmkicksballs13 12 points13 points  (6 children)

This is one I can get on board with. It has nothing to do with the environment though. I just think wiping with paper is a dumb idea.

[–]HoustonNick2 128 points129 points  (37 children)

Use 24 hour time

[–]ProjectBalance 42 points43 points  (4 children)

Grew up with a military father, I forget all the time that people don't use it and I have to consciously put in an effort at work to remind myself. "Hey PB, why does the completion time read 18:37?" That's when I completed the task. "You mean 8PM?" No.... Here. *scribbles out the number and puts 6:37PM. "Why didn't you put that in the first place " Fuck, I don't know Karen get off my back.

[–]FacetiousFondle 39 points40 points  (41 children)

I don't know about the WHOLE rest of the world...but dude. Why are there not meat pies in the US? I lived in New Zealand for a year and going into any bakery for a pie in the morning was as good as looking at the scenery.