Ten Misconceptions Tourists Are Guilty of Having

Ten Misconceptions Tourists Are Guilty of Having

You know you thought one of these was true at some point.

If you are not familiar or properly acquainted with some of these locations, take caution. Prepare to have your mind blown.

1. Mount Rushmore is in SOUTH DAKOTA?!

If you were asked about famous American landmarks, Mount Rushmore might pop up. Try asking what’s there to do in particular in South Dakota. When I asked friends, they were speechless.

2. Washington, D.C is the capital of… which state, again?

None. Or, well, all of them. But the city is not part of any one given state. If you live in Maryland OR in Virginia, but you wish you did not belong to that state, go ahead and claim you're from the District.

3. America is WAY more than just one country.

Surely, Americans live in the United States, but America is not synonymous with the U.S of A. Whatever happened to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and so many Latin American nations?

4. The Big Ben is NOT a clock-tower?!

Tourists hover around the landmark on New Year’s waiting for the perfect Big Ben selfie. That does not mean they are even aware of what they want. If the tower shows up in the background, Big Ben is missing. In fact, the name refers to the actual large clock itself on the inside.

5. In Paris, people will wear berets…

that is, only as foreigners whose research about French culture did not extend beyond the realm of twentieth century French cinema, maybe.

6. And speaking of France, it’s the place for original french fries.. wait, nope.

French fries are home to Belgium! Ask Stromae. He will literally stand up at his concerts confirm that french fries are in fact, Belgian! #Moulesfrites

7. Welcome to Italy, the land of pasta and marinara sauce… but not really.

Forget your big dreams of trying what you have considered classic Italian food since you learned of Italy’s existence. Marinara means “from the sea,” nowhere near red or tasty. Chances are, unless you ask for pomodoro sauce, the real stuff, you’ll be charged surprisingly for a shellfish dish.

8. Indians obviously - DO NOT - speak Indian.

The country is home to 780 languages, among which the most popular include Hindi and Bengali.

9. Kangaroos are floating about everywhere in Australia - at the zoo, that is.

Do not expect your Aussie friends to own pet kangaroos. Locating a kangaroo actually takes some mindful searching on the island slash country slash continent.

10. And finally, if you’re from New York, you’re not necessarily living in the city?!

As a soon-to-be city girl, I have shocked too many of my foreign friends when I explain that New York is much larger than the bright lights, billboards, and Broadway shows in the movies.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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