18 People Born In The Third World Share What Surprised Them Most About The First World.
People who grew up in third world countries were asked on Reddit: "What surprised you most about the first world?" These are some of the best answers.
1/18 A few things... Roads aren't smooth and clean like glasses/mirrors, the girls are not promiscuous as portrayed in the MTV videos and movies, and there are beggars, we just call them homeless people.
2/18 I grew up in Kenya as a child and when I finally returned to "the first world" I was surprised how relaxed everyone was about not being mugged from.
3/18 The size of everything, I was picked up from the airport in a Ford Expedition, which was about the size of my house back in Cuba, and then taken to a six bedroom house. I remember I used to feel uncomfortable in the big rooms, so I would hang out in closets and what not at first.
On a side note, right before I left my older brother told me that in the US you could tell the toilet to wipe you, and a hand would come out of the back to gently wipe your bottom. He went on to specify that I must ask in English, because if I asked in Spanish, the hand would put a finger in my ass. I didn't shit for a week. So I guess another surprise was normal toilets.
4/18 How much food gets served and/or thrown away. Also how much fresh produce costs compared to fast food.
5/18 As a 9 year-old coming to Chicago from the Philippines, a lot of things definitely caught me by surprise. Before arriving in America, I thought that everything was supposed to look like the Sims. Boxy houses in the suburbs with clean cut grass and the most regal people imaginable. Instead, I saw many similarities with the Philippines, especially in the urban areas. The poverty, the beggars, and the hardship that many people faced really caught me off guard. I used to think that the United States was the closest thing to heaven. And while I soon learned that America is certainly better overall, I was nevertheless surprised that many people did struggle in the mighty United States.
6/18 Grew up in East Africa, live in United States. Everyone is LOUD, from the little kid to the tall shy nerd, loud and eloquent. Blows my mind every time.
Also, 9/10 of white people try too hard to avoid awkwardness, such that it comes out counter productive, and almost every one is just...super awkward (I work in retail).
7/18 Honduran here who moved to Germany. Being able to walk in the streets with your phone in your hand was a bizarre feeling, how everyone was on time, passengers on trains have little to no instructions and mayhem doesn't break lose, and being able to find a ride online from a stranger and not be murdered along the way.
8/18 So you're telling me, you have so much clean water you shit in it?
9/18 No community in the 1st world.
I live in southern California, so I do hear its different in other places in America. Growing up I knew all my neighbors people would just walk into my house, show up for a quick bite to eat or coffee just because they were near by. I currently live in a series of town homes with most of my neighbors my age, and I know one of their names only because my roommate was was hitting on her and freaked her out.
10/18 Air conditioning everywhere.
11/18 The taste of fruit and vegetables and the sense of community. Maybe this is just because fundamentally my family is quite anti-social, but when we lived in Zimbabwe and Uganda my brother and I were constantly visiting friends and the friends of our parents. But since I've moved to Canada I only occasionally see my friends outside of school.
In Zim and Uganda, the fruit and veg tastes so much fresher, but it's more than that. I find that food in Canada is so overloaded with sugar that it's hard to taste the sweetness in fruit. In Uganda especially, most food does not have extra sugar added, so fruit and candy are pretty much the only sources of sweetness. Another thing is the amount of time it takes to get 'fresh' fruit here in Canada. The fruit has to be transported from faraway places. In Uganda, it's like: boom! Straight from the tree to the plate. It's hard to explain, but fruit in Africa tastes deliciously different from fruit here.
12/18 The toothpaste aisle. There is an aisle for toothpaste. It's been almost 25 years, and that still boggles my mind.
13/18 How much you take everything you have for granted...like it's just normal for survival to be so easy.
14/18 When I first moved here from the Philippines I was surprised just how f*cking clean it was. Holy shit, I felt like I could eat off of every goddamn surface of the airport whereas the airport in the Philippines would probably give you herpes if you sat down somewhere. Everything wasn't jam packed to the f*cking gills and nobody was pissing in the street.
15/18 What? WHAT? WATER IS FREE?!?! ... AND FREE REFILLS?!
16/18 Let me tell you a story. For the first few years of my life I lived in a rainforest in a little leaf hut with my grandmother. No electricity, no running water, no cars. It was literally a rainforest and I had no idea what the outside world was like. My father who lived in Australia (he was deported from my country because my family didn't like him) then decided that at 7 I would have to come to Australia for my education. The whole experience was surreal to me. I remember flying on the plane and been so confused at how such a heavy thing could fly. Even the lights were amazing to me. Turning them on and off was like magic to my mind.
When I landed in Australia my father asked me if I wanted a drink of water and my reply was, 'there doesn't seem to be a river anywhere near by, so how are we going to get it?'. My dad then showed me a tap and my mind was blown. Where was the river where this water was coming from? The refrigerator also blew my mind. In the village if we had meat we would eat it immediately otherwise and here was this magic machine that preserved it. He later asked if I wanted to go to the grocery store to get food for dinner. I replied with 'You don't have to grow your own food?'. My dad chuckled and we went to the grocery store. I was amazed. Most of these foods I had never seen in my life and there was so much of it! Also, I could eat any meat I wanted! I could keep going on with things that amazed me, but really there were so many.
17/18 In the States, when people say "How are you?" they're not really asking the question. I cringe whenever I think about all the times I stopped for five minutes and talked to the people who asked me that question during freshman year.
18/18 Apparently going to the bathroom outside is frowned upon.
Some people just don't know how good they've got it! Continue to the NEXT PAGE to see people describe 'the most ungrateful thing' they've ever seen someone do.
People on Reddit were asked: "What's the most ungrateful thing you see someone do?" These are some of the best answers.
1/18 A girl at my high school broke into a hysterical, foul mouthed, tear filled rant because her father surprised her after school with a brand new, fully loaded, BMW for her birthday... apparently she wanted the Mercedes.
2/18My younger sister got diamond earrings for her 16th birthday from my parents. She then says in a bitchy tone "This isn't what I asked for". Parents then take back earrings, scolds her and she gets nothing for her birthday. She then spends the rest of her birthday demanding that they give it back to her.
3/18Today is my niece's birthday and she just went to college so I thought I'd get her a laptop for her birthday. Now, I am a student myself but I still want to give her something special. So I searched for a great used laptop , and I found a decent Toshiba Satellite. I sold my PSP and some other things so I can afford it.
So there we were at the dinner table opening presents. She opened mine and has this grim look at her face. "This is it? I thought you'd buy me a brand new one"
"You know I can't afford it. It's the best I can do."
"I want a brand new one, not this. This sucks! Worst present ever!"
She then shoved the laptop and box across the table and fell down the floor. I picked it up, and walked out. My cousin tried to stop me, I just said "I would never give her anything again."
She even had the nerve to call back and asked for the laptop. Apparently her parents punished her for her behavior and she will now have to buy her own things. No hand-outs or gifts. My friend bought it as a favor. He helped me pick it out, and knows how much I bought for it. The profit was only $10.
4/18After getting close to $500 in gifts for Christmas, my sister tore down the tree, kicked other people's gifts, started yelling and crying, because she didn't see a Wii among her presents (this was when they were really hard to find). We actually did get her a Wii, she just didn't get to it yet. I even had to take on a second holiday job at an online gaming store to get it. She was a 24 year old med student at the time.
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5/18 A girl in my high school received a used car on her 16th birthday. She was unhappy with the fact that it was used (3 yrs old) so she intentionally totalled it. Her thinking was that if she totalled this one her parents would have to buy her a new one. She didn't get a new car, and had to ride the bus.
6/18 So last year I'm sitting outside the McDonalds and this young, black (relevant) girl around 15 or 16 is walking out the door. As she was coming out two older Caucasian women, around late sixties/early seventies, were coming in, one in a wheelchair. The young girl steps aside and holds the door open for the two ladies and even compliments one of them on their hair. As they are about to part ways the women say "thank you", but right before the door shut all the way one of them whispered (but not really) "little n***er". The girl looked shocked and then started tearing up.
7/18 When I was younger I worked at a Blockbuster. I was the night shift manager and one night I was working by myself when a customer walks up and hands me a womans wallet, says he found it on the ground. I peeked inside it to find an ID/membership card so I could look up her account/phone number. Sure enough she had been in the store about 30 minutes earlier so I gave her a call. She seemed pleased on the phone and said she would be right in.
Store policy for something like that was to lock the item in the safe until the customer arrives. I did so and went about my business. About an hour later the woman comes in and asks for her wallet. I tell her it's going to be 15 minutes as the safe was timed and ask her to wait. This was apparently unacceptable and she asked if I could get it faster than that. Told her no and continued helping other customers while she waited. Once the safe beeped I grabbed her wallet and hand it to her, I had to put the line of customers on hold while I did this because I wanted her out of the store ASAP since she had spent the last 15 minutes fuming and standing right next to my register.
As soon as I hand her the wallet she says "My money better be in here" I explained that I honestly had no idea as I didn't open it all the way as her membership card was on an outer flap. (This was one of those large female wallets that was more like a mini purse with lots of flaps and zippers and such.) After handing it to her I asked for the next customer in line to step up and basically tried ignoring her. She starts screaming "MY MONEY IS GONE YOU STOLE MY MONEY" which really surprised me as she was a pretty normal looking soccer mom type. I ask the customer I'm helping to wait a second and explain to her the way the wallet was handed to me, and reiterated that I had not personally opened the wallet any further than the first flap.
She starts screaming again saying there was over 200 dollars in it and that she was calling the police. I shrug and tell her to go ahead. At this point I'm completely satisfied to ignore her. She walks to the back of the store and whips out her cell phone. I continue helping the line as customers are looking back at the woman as she is loudly calling the police. Most of the customers are like "what a bitch" etc. I just shrug and smile.
After the line was cleared the lady comes back to the register and tells me, with a super smug look, the police are on the way. "Ok." I say and give her a "I don't give a f*ck" shrug and ignore her while checking in movies. About an hour later a cop finally enters the store (she waited right next to my register the entire time) and she starts waving at him and pointing at me at the same time.
I see the cop and roll my eyes and shake my head. He asks her to repeat her story and as she's repeating it he's almost completely ignoring her and watching the football game that we have playing on our DirectTV kiosk. After she gets done he looks at me, rolls his eyes, and asks "Did you take the money?" "Of course not" I say. "I'm sorry there's nothing we can do ma'am" the cop says and leaves the store. As he leaves he holds the door for her and tells her to leave if her business is complete.
I smiled super big, like cheshire cat big, and told her to have a super day as she left. After she left I bought pizza with the 200 bucks I took. Just kidding, but I almost wish that's how the story ended after she embarrassed me like that for close to two hours.
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8/18I saw this woman on the side of the road who had a flat tire and was clearly having issues changing it. So polite ol' me decided to halt my run and go see if I could help out. I stroll over and offer my services to her and she accepts, but she backs away to a pretty far distance.
I proceed to change her tire and help get her on her way and as soon as I finish and proceed to extend my arm for a handshake, she says "Back away, I have 911 on my phone right now and all I have to do is press Call." I don't know if she thought I was going to attack her or something but you don't just do that to someone who just helped you change your damn tire. Flabbergasted, I run away and I haven't seen that bitch since.
9/18My sister did that kinda with an HP netbook I got her for Christmas. She had asked for a pink netbook, preferably HP, so I got it. The day she opened it, she was upset because it wasn't solid pink, even though I knew she liked plaid style. She tossed it aside, saying she won't use it unless I return it and get it in solid pink. Almost slapped the hispanic out of her.
10/18 I have two nephews aged 14 and 12 and they have every game console out there. So thinking I was going to be the coolest aunt ever, I bought them 4 of the latest games, and they were over $50 each. I don't see them often, I wanted to do something special, $250 is a lot of money in my budget. They took one look at the games, said "They suck", threw them against the wall and broke the cases. I picked them up, took them back to the store but they refused to take 3 of them back due to the damage. I ended up selling them at the mall to one of those game stores, got almost nothing for them. Never again.
11/18My mother's friend threw his daughter a birthday party; this was fairly affluent family so she got a big party with all of her friends, and this girl got a lot of nice stuff. She got dolls, a doll house, various toys, and a freaking horse, with all of the riding gear and the promise of lessons and everything she could ever need for the horse.
This brat got what millions of little girls all over the country dream of, and you know what she did? She Flipped.The.Shit.Outbecause it was the wrong doll house. She got a horse and she threw a huge screaming temper tantrum over the (enormous) doll house.
Now I shall digress a bit and tell you about her father. Her dad came from Africa to the US as a refugee, most of his friends and family were killed. This guy competed in the Olympics and worked his ass off to become a doctor of some kind. As one might expect, this guy did not take kindly to his daughter's obvious lack of appreciation for her privileged lifestyle so he cut that shit right out.
He canceled the party right then (the guests still got to eat cake and keep their party favors on top of an apology for his daughter's behavior), packed up all the toys and took them back to the store, he took the horse back, and grounded the shit out of his spoiled kid.
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12/18I delivered a pizza in a low-income type apartment complex...total was $18.something and she handed me a $20 rolled up and told me to keep the change. I turned around and started walking down the stairs back to the parking lot while unrolling the $20 to put in my wad of cash when I find a $100 wrapped up inside of the $20. Immediately I turned around and went back, knocked and said "I don't think you meant to include this inside the twenty," as I extended my hand towards her with the $100 bill in it.
She instantly started screaming at me about how she didn't give me no hundred dolla tip and that I'm lucky she doesn't call the police. Slammed the door, then called to my pizza shop to complain. I told the manager the whole story, she was put on the do-not-answer list. Crazy lady.
13/18I was visiting friends at their farm years ago. My friend from high school and his wife and their daughter who was about 16. The daughter was out saddling her horse when the horse kicked her in the chest. Collapsed her throat and she couldn't breathe. I performed an emergency tracheotomy saving her life. About two months later I get a letter from a law firm. They changed their mind about how grateful they were and decided to sue me for leaving a scar from the tracheotomy.
14/18 A co-worker whined that her grandmother gave her a silver necklace for her birthday when "she knows I only ever wear white gold!" I laughed and told her that when my grandparents were alive I only ever got a birthday card and that stopped when I started high school, but the co-worker only got more defensive trying to get me to sympathize with her situation. This co-worker is actually a lovely person but has lived a very sheltered life.
15/18 I helped my work mate move house, hungover after far too much tequila. I moved all his shit, his boyfriends and his room mates basically by myself as he was useless. Took almost 12 hours. The wanker didn't even buy me a beer, food or anything all day. Then fobbed me off when I asked for help to move. Then had the nerve to ask for help when he moved out.
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16/18A couple years ago a friend and I were driving across the country in a big moving truck full of my moms furniture. We had been on the road for about 18 hours on the second-to-last day of the trip and stopped at a rest stop to stretch our legs and use the bathroom. Sitting at the rest stop late at night was an entire family, mom, dad & 2 young kids and their car which was obviously broken or otherwise not working. Feeling like I should try and help I asked the father what was wrong and he told me they had run out of gas and just needed to get to the next town which was about 40 miles away. I couldn't leave the rest stop with that family stranded so my friend and I got back in the truck and drove the 40ish miles to the next town, bought gas & a can and drove all the way back in our huge moving truck. The whole trip back and forth took us about an hour and a half and by the time we got back to the rest stop we were both about to pass out.
Well, the family was still there waiting and I hopped out to give them the gas they needed so badly. I handed the can to the father and he looked at me and said "I would rather have the money." This caught me off guard as money wouldn't help them get anywhere but it was then that it dawned on me that he never wanted gas to begin with and probably had some in the car. He was just fishing for cash and using his kids as the bait. I felt really bad for the mom as she was just looking at me the whole time with this expression of "I'm so so sorry". I was at a loss for words since the dad didn't even want the gas we had just drivin for over an hour to get for them. I just set the gas can on the ground, got bak in the truck and left feeling like a giant idiot.
17/18When we were very young we were very poor. My sister's birthday was coming up, I think she was about 7. There was no money to buy gifts but my mother had a small piece of white satin cloth and a box of tiny little pearl beads. She hand sewed this beautiful little wedding gown for my sisters doll and sat up night after night hand sewing these tiny little beads on the dress. When my sister was given it for her birthday she threw it across the room in disgust, saying I don't want that it's my old dolly. I'll never forget the heartbreak on my mother's face.
18/18Around 2:30am on a Friday night (Saturday morning) a friend and I witnessed a pickup truck run a red light and barrel through a white taxi van doing about 50 MPH (+/- 5MPH) no breaks, just CRASH. The white van instantly was spun around a couple of times until it hit against a light pole. My friend and I were in complete shock but were the only ones around so we got out of my truck to go help. On the way to the van my friend called 911, and a fire started flaring up from inside the crumpled hood. The man inside was bleeding everywhere and obviously very hurt however the drivers door was smashed so much I couldn't open the door and the passenger door was blocked and resting against the light pole. By this time the fire under the hood is starting to engulf the front part of the van and getting very hot.
I took my shirt off, wrapped it around my hand and the broke out what was left of the glass on the drivers side door and proceeded to pull the man head first out of the van with the help of my friend and drag him about 30 feet away to a grassy area by an office building. About 2 minutes later the entire front portion of the van is in flames. Another minute later the fire department showed and put it out. I gave my information and such to the police officers. The man I pulled from the van thanked me over and over again. I thought I had done my good deed for the day... 1 week later I am served papers stating I caused physical and emotional damage/distress to the man and he was suing me for $100,000. 1 awesome Public defender, 3 witnesses, and 4 days in court later he lost.
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