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Feb
18
comment Can Canadian money (change) be used in the United States?
@MontyHarder Hm, I was always told that weights were used, not magnets. Certainly not anything like an expert, though.
Feb
18
comment Can Canadian money (change) be used in the United States?
@DarrelHoffman I'm about 90% sure that every vending machine ever considers only size and weight. Gumball machines only consider size, even (and could be fooled with an appropriately-sized piece of plastic or whatever).
Dec
21
comment Can I enter and exit a country immediately?
Can vouch for @SteveJessop regarding walking in LA.
Dec
16
comment What street foods can I eat in Italy?
@JoErNanO I typically see italics used for non-English words, so that may be best.
Dec
15
comment What street foods can I eat in Italy?
Please do not use code formatting (backticks) for emphasis. If you feel it is necessary (personally, I think this answer would be fine without), using bold, with asterisks, is far more appropriate. In addition to being a quite-jarring break with the typical style of the text, the underlying web markup indicates that text is “code,” which can be and is handled in special ways by, for example, screen readers for the blind. Some of these even read the code out letter-by-letter! So please only use code formatting (backticks, four-space indentation of a paragraph) for actual computer code.
Nov
23
comment Which brand of backpack should I carry so as to not stick out in Europe?
@vartec Really, no one says “New York, New York”? I’m from New York; calling it New York, New York isn’t that unusual. No one would say “New York City, New York,” but then “city” isn’t actually a part of the city’s name and that’s only used to differentiate it from New York state.
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Nov
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Nov
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answered Options for JFK to EWR transfer
Sep
1
comment Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?
@NeanDerThal The offered service (submitting your ESTA paperwork for you) is not one the US government actually allows businesses to do (the terms of service for the website require that submitted information be your own only). Thus, the website cannot legally perform the work they claimed to perform (even if you read the fine print), and have fraudulently indicated that they could (even if you read the fine print). So yes, "victim" is entirely appropriate even if you believe that consumers are 100% responsible for reading all fine print no matter how hidden.
Aug
4
comment How to stay comfortable in beds found in American hotels?
You make beds in hotels? Most hotels have staff that do that for you. A “long business trip” might involve an extended-stay kind of place that doesn’t, I suppose, but that wasn’t mentioned in the question.
Jul
6
comment Why are there no courier services or box-rentals near airport security?
Would have loved that, rather than spend $75 to check another bag with the $15 knife (that had sentimental value).
Jun
29
comment Are all parts of the 'Jesus trail' in Israel open and safe to hike solo?
Scorpions sting. They also pinch, and ultimately I suppose they have a mouth so they can bite, but it’s the sting you should concern yourself with.
Jun
15
comment Am I allowed to take a GPU in my carry-on luggage?
I have carried GPUs and HDDs on domestic US flights many, many times (mostly NYC to LA and vice versa). Usually there was no comment. Occasionally they wanted to look at them a little bit more, asked a few questions. Never had anything confiscated. International flights may be a different story (but doesn't seem like they should be).
Jun
7
comment What metric to imperial conversions should I know for traveling to the US?
@Jefromi It becomes much more important if you are traveling or staying with Americans, and thus conversations about the weather are occurring. Many of my co-workers come from Europe and have their phones set to Celsius, which works great for them until they want to discuss the weather with those of us who are from the US. In daily conversation, one or the other of us is doing some mental calculations to convert.
Jun
7
comment What metric to imperial conversions should I know for traveling to the US?
@DavidRicherby I only see hundreds or thousands of feet when I'm under a quarter mile; exit signs on roads I travel typically have a sign at the previous exit (with however many miles it is), a sign 2 mi. out, and then a few more signs as you get closer, at say 1 mi., 1/2 mi., 1/4 mi., and then maybe something at 1000 ft. or 800 ft. particularly if the exit comes up suddenly/isn't visible at that distance/whatever. My driving is all northeast, though. Though I will mention that the signage in New Jersey is awful (why would you ever put a sign for an exit after the exit?!).
May
21
comment How should I tip if the food is good but the service from the waiter/waitress is terrible in the USA?
@Gusdor That is sometimes how the real world works. But other times, a manager needs the work done, and has to convince someone to take on additional responsibilities – by enticing them with a promotion. And on the flip side, some managers see that the employee is already doing the work, so why promote them? And that is exactly the sort of behavior that MikeScott is promoting as “fine” for how waitstaff are compensated.