Gut Check: Making simple sense out of life
By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: March 6th, 2012
Ugly Americans: Are Americans really the world’s worst tourists? We think so

Yes, it’s true. We Americans have rated ourselves as the world’s worst tourists. That’s right. The French had nothing to do with it.

According to a poll conducted by Living Social, a lot of other countries agree with us, including our neighbors to the north and Australians.

However, the Irish think the Brits are the worst and the Brits think Germans take the dubious distinction.

Among the reasons we consider ourselves so bad is kleptomania–those surveyed admitted to stealing things other than the free toiletries in hotel rooms. Hotel towels was the number one graft.

But taking a closer look at the psychology behind those surveyed, an article on the MSNBC website points out that maybe it’s not that we are such bad tourists, but rather, we are just very honest.

The result is, as a nation, we are more self deprecating.

What do you think? Take the poll.

 

 

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