It can be disorienting, being in a new place. Culture shock is real. But then again, sometimes, people just love to make things harder than they actually are.
When was the last time you went on a trip? Did you have any trouble figuring out the weather? If somebody told you where something was, did you fight them? Did you have any run-ins with the law? Well, even if you didn't, there is someone out there who most certainly did.
As someone born in New York and living in Florida - I've become something of an unintentional expert on tourist tragedies. Tourists in both places end up making mistakes that leave locals beyond baffled.