Does some behaviour of your fellow countrymen abroad make you cringe and feel ashamed?

@maggs224 (1708)
Alicante, Spain
September 12, 2015 6:40am CST
We have just had a bike bar go past our home. Don't know what they look like here is a link to a video on Youtube.  It will give you some idea This is a weird contraption that seats about 12 people all facing inwards at bar counter. They all have to pedal and this pedal power moves the bike along at about five miles an hour. This novelty vehicle is much loved by stag and hen parties. The stag and hen parties like to pedal round the resorts here on the Costa Blanca on these contraptions. The aim is to get more and more drunk as they go. They obviously enjoy drinking copious amounts of alcohol as they pedal. The driver is employed to drive so he does not take part in the drinking. They get more and more raucous as they go. They often have blow up sex toys and dolls.  They seemed to be oblivious to the sort of impression and disruption they cause in the town. The drunken behaviour and inappropriate comments they shout out just make me cringe. What the Spanish make of this I dread to think. What behaviour makes you cringe when you see it?
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• United States
12 Sep 15
what the heck?? i'd be doin' worse 'n cringin'. i reckon the powers that be see it 's revenue comin' in 'n thus allowed? i kept waitin' fer one 'f those gals to jest fall off her seat. seems some 'f an odd approach to havin' a holiday
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
crazyhorseladycx I was talking to my son about this influx of these bar bikes, and he said it is because folk see the contact details of the firm on the side of the bars as they pedal around town. I think that there will be some denuncias going in to the powers that be. We are a quiet town not a tourist hot spot.
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• United States
13 Sep 15
@maggs224 i truly wish ya luck 'n hope that many let their disgust be known. that's jest somethin' one'd 'xpect in new orleans durin' madri gras, aint it? mercy...
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx There are parts of Benidorm which is a few miles down the road from us that at certain times of the year are as bad as New Orleans after dark.
@amadeo (78951)
• United States
13 Sep 15
Oh!yes many American can be very rude in countries.I have seen them and totally ashamed of this. They are spoiled,want everything pronto.Yes,I have seen in all of my travel.
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
@amadeo Hi Alfredo, one thing that I noticed when at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas at their buffet was the amount of food that was being wasted. People were coming back with plates piled high with food, having a couple of bites then leaving the rest. It might just be a generational thing, growing up when food rationing was still going on but I was brought up not to waste food. If you put it on your plate then you were expected to eat it. I like buffets because I can try out new foods, but initially I will only put small amounts of anything on my plate until I know that I like it. Sat at a table next to us in Caesar's Palace were two rather large teenagers. I had seen them move from one table that they had filled with plates of part eaten food to the table next to us and soon this table had plates with large portions of dessert on them. The portion size was enormous, and they were taking a spoonful then leaving the rest. Soon this table was littered with plates that had piles of food still left on them. What is it about these all you can eat style buffets that brings out this pile it high mentality, I get embarrassed when I see my fellow countrymen doing this.
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@Fleura (7436)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 15
@maggs224 it isn't to do with rationing, I never waste anything.
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
30 Sep 15
@Fleura I am sure that my mother would not have allowed us to waste food even if rationing was not going on. My dad always use to say make sure your eyes are not bigger than your belly if he saw us putting too much on our plates. Once it was on your plate you had to eat it.
@MALUSE (46099)
• Uzbekistan
25 Sep 15
Is it possible that you mean countrymen or countrypeople in the title? It took me some time until I understood it. --- Answering your question: YES!
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
25 Sep 15
@MALUSE It is more than possible it should indeed read countrymen in the title. The myLot banner at the top of the page hides most if not all of my title. Thanks for the heads up because I had not noticed but thanks to you I have been and changed it :D
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• Preston, England
13 Sep 15
Britain tends to send out lots of violent racist hooligans to international football matches which is always shameful and makes people fearful of good, decent tourists and sports fans from here.
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
@arthurchappell I know that Benidorm sees football supporters though not following football I don't know what clubs they are supporters of. I know that Celtic fans have held a convention in Benidorm. I have seen groups in their colours, and contrary to what you might expect, they have been as good as gold. They were obviously having a good time when I saw them. We were in a Brit Bar having a meal there must have been about 12 or more of them but they were behaving themselves and were very good natured and treated the waiting staff politely and well. I have seen much worse behaviour from hen parties. The Celtic football can be proud of this group of supporters.
@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
@arthurchappell You are so right Arthur, I am sure that the good ones far out number the bad ones. But usually it is not the well behaved ones that people remember.
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• Preston, England
14 Sep 15
@maggs224 very true - the media won't report on the well behaved travellers
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@jaboUK (55157)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 15
I saw some of those when I was there Maggs. As you say, it makes us ashamed to be British.
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
@sueznewz2 @maggs224 and @jaboUK  You can see we three raise the tone in Benidorm
@jaboUK Well I know the whole tone of Benidorm will be stepping up a notch in November when you two grace us all with your visit. We are looking forward to hooking up with you. In the photo are @sueznewz2 @maggs224 and @jaboUK
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@jaboUK (55157)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 15
@maggs224 Lol- stepping up a notch?? Tee-hee. What will the weather be like do you think? I know it won't be hot, but at least it should be better than England.
@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
@jaboUK It can be in the mid seventies in November during the day but it will drop cold when the sun goes down. I love that time of year :D
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@gregario888 (1282)
• Aurangabad, India
14 Sep 15
That behavior is sure to rankle with those, who prefer peace and quiet. Also that cycling contraption, is sure to cause some mishap sometimes, if it isn't controlled.
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
25 Sep 15
@gregario888 Fortunately it is someone from the firm that does all the driving of the contraption, but you are right they can cause trouble for other road users.
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• Aurangabad, India
25 Sep 15
@maggs224 Spaniards are famous for street revelry. I saw a video, when a matador, left on the road, attacks one and all who come in its way. The crowd behind, seem to love it, but it is some sport. Wonder what they call it?
@allknowing (73427)
• India
14 Sep 15
It is almost like drinking in public which would not be allowed in our country atleast.
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@allknowing (73427)
• India
1 Oct 15
@maggs224 Each country looks at situations differently.
@cahaya1983 (10036)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 15
Yes I have seen shameful behavior of my fellow country mates abroad that made me cringe. That one there though...eek!
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 15
@cahaya1983 It has only just started to happen in my town, I have seen it before in Benidorm which is a big tourist spot only a few miles away, but until a few weeks ago I have not seen many here. I lived in Malaysia for a couple of years in the 60s in Jahor Bahru. JB as we use to call it was just over the causeway that joins Malaysia to Singapore. Do you know JB?
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@cahaya1983 (10036)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 15
@maggs224 Oh wow, really? Yeah I've been to JB several times, my aunt lives there. I'm in Kuala Lumpur though. I hope you managed to visit a lot of places when you were here, although I'm sure things were a lot different back then. Were you in JB for work?
@Fleura (7436)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 15
I've never even heard of those! Yes that sort of thing makes me cringe, but then the Spanish presumably have provided them, we don't get them over here, I imagine they make good money both because of the novelty value and because the pedalling probably makes them thirsty so they drink more therefore more revenue. Also publicity as they travel around.
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
30 Sep 15
@Fleura What goes on in our tourist areas is not typical of Spain, and in the real tourist hot spots there are a lot of foreign businesses. I am not sure that those cycle bars originate in Spain I think that they are Dutch in origin. Once something is seen to make money, then everyone jumps on the bandwagon and you start to see them turning up everywhere.
@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Sep 15
Yes it would make me cringe....
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Sep 15
@sueznewz2 Now we have just had an open top doubledecker bus come down the road with folks on the top deck doing the same without having to peddle what is happening?
@sofssu (18904)
12 Sep 15
I would cringe too if were in your place. That sounds like a real drunken raucous party. I really dunno if my country people behave like that elsewhere.
@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Sep 15
@sofssu Unfortunately it seems like some of us Brits behave abroad in a way we never would at home :(