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Ugly Americans?

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The term 'Ugly American' is bandied about a lot about how some Americans behave in Europe that locals find disconcerting.

I'd like to know if you've seen any cases of Ugly Americanism on your travels - things that would fall under that description.

A main thing to me are the Americans who just blurt out to a stranger 'Do you speak English" - often very loudly - yup Americans also have the reputation of being loud - rather than politely saying 'excuse me, do you speak English,' etc.

But for me one blatant case stands out in particular - last year when I was walking thru the Louvre courtyard a Yank comes up to me his hands waving like crazy - blurting out "Louvre, Louvre, Louvre" - frantically repeating the word.

Then he yells out "speak English, speak English?"

I was flummoxed about why he was so so animated and discombobulated - so I say "yes I'm an American I speak English - what do you want?"

"The Louvre - where is the Louvre he says, I need to find the Louvre"

I point to the glass pyramid entrance and say "there that is the entrance"

He calms down - and tells me he is only in Paris a few days on business and wanted to be sure to see the Louvre - turns out he was from a town only a few miles from where I live. Yeh it's a small world.

Well I really don't know his urgency at finding the Louvre and if I had been a Parisian this would have been a case of running into an Ugly American.

ANY STORIES OF UGLY AMERICANS BEHAVING LIKE THE STEREOTYPE UGLY AMERICANS?

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