Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tip of the Day: Consider Reading the "Culture Shock Series"

Each country has its laws, ordinances and social mores that prohibit certain behavior. 

Drinking while driving can result in jail time in many countries; in others, cell phone use is prohibited while driving. 

Police (e.g., in México and Russia) often solicit bribes during traffic stops as well as during other opportune occasions. 

On the other hand, in some countries (e.g., Chile), offering a bribe is a criminal offense. 

In parts of the Middle East, possessing a copy of Cosmopolitan, Vogue, or Playboy can result in confiscation, a fine or even temporary detention. 

Loud and vulgar language, profanity, and spitting on the sidewalk can also subject you to fines. 

Police in Singapore can even impose a fine if you fail to flush a toilet, jaywalk or bring chewing gum into the country. 

In a business context, foreign business representatives can often be harassed and/or arrested simply because of a dispute with a local business. 

In many Muslim and/or Islamic nations, the use of alcohol in public may be either prohibited or discouraged. 

In December 2007, a British teacher in Khartoum was arrested and jailed (and faced 40 lashes, six months in jail and a fine) for naming a Teddy Bear in her class, “Mohammed,” an action that upset the parents of some of her students. Fortunately, British parliamentarians pleaded with the Sudanese president for clemency, who ordered her release and permitted her to return to the UK.

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