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Old 10-27-2016, 06:58 AM
 
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I've been a NJ resident in the past and have heard other NJ residents say that when they drive in PA areas that border NJ, they have been intentionally almost run off the road, had cars cut in front of them, yelled at, you name it by residents with PA license plates.

A relative who lives in NC not far from the NC/VA state line but still maintains her VA license plates. She refuses to do any longterm parking in certain NC neighborhoods because she believes her VA plates will be a magnet to get her car broken into, vandalized, or ticketed by police. Whereas, if she had NC plates, none of these things would happen given the same circumstance.

It's true that some states harbor animosity towards their neighbor state and not only the citizens but even among law enforcement you have to walk a tight rope because you'll be held to a higher standard while driving than residents of that state. Yes, the police had probably ran your plates and seeing there was no problem there kept following you to see if you'd pull over into another lane without signaling or something for which he could give you a ticket.

Being stereotyped while traveling is very prevalent.
Why does she think that? I live in NC and moved here from VA. I parked my car all sorts of places in NC with VA plates and never had anything happen.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I live in a predominantly white area, but have many non-white old friends. Last weekend a friend came to visit who is an accomplished artist and reservation Indian. He is also politically articulate and not shy about educating people about native politics. He got a kick out of meeting the locals as an exotic Native American. When I go hang with him on the Rez, I get to be the exotic one. I also have a couple of dark skinned cousins, one is a physicist and his twin brother is a civil engineer. They look like professional athletes, until they open their mouths. One of my oldest friends is a black hispanic who has a Ph.D. and served as California's director of minority affairs in the first Brown administration. They all get profiled all the time. I do too, when I go somewhere I am a minority.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:19 PM
 
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I agree with boxus,"that everyone is stereotyped everywhere they go". I also agree that "what stereotyped is applied to you when you travel" best fits the question. I do take issue with it has nothing to do with race, nationality, or gender. IMO, those factors very much play a large role in what stereotypes are applied to a person when they traveling abroad or at home.

Personally, the only stereotype that comes to mind from my travels, and this wasn't a too negative, was while I was visiting Montreal, Canada many, many years ago. I went into a store that is a cheaper version of Victoria Secret (this store was equivalent to Strawberry's if any NYCers are reading). The saleslady kept speaking to me in French about the sales and good deals I could get, I guess, from the way she would pick-up or point at the merchandise. I understand so little French that I all could do was shake my head yes but I never responded verbally because I couldn't remember any French at all. She got upset because perhaps she thought I was being arrogant? Most Canadians in that part of the country are fluent in both French and English. To only speak English in certain areas of Canada is not viewed favorably and maybe that was her reaction to me.
I agree and I should have worded it better. I meant it has nothing to do as in just because a person is a certain race, gender, etc, does not mean only they are going to get stereotyped while others of other classes are not.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:51 PM
 
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In the day I did a lot of traveling by motorcycle. The stories I could tell.


I'm an educated professional woman but one look at the riding gear and you get a lot of strange reactions.


Also, as a woman traveling alone I've gotten, "Where is your husband?" more than a time or two.
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Old 10-27-2016, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles @ the moment.
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Absolutely. In London nearly every guy tried to put the make on me..... actual assumptions how all was going down. These were very educated men. I said, "Don't you think you are orchestrating too much and should let things occur organically w no assumptions?" It was something like that but better. They actually seemed to think on this and ponder. And then say, ''I suppose you are correct." I do not know if they assume visitors from usa are really dumb (we all do have a wide eyed look in eye if confused about the money). But they had detailed sexual plans. Nobody has treated me like that in USA. They were a combo of cocky and naive. And they truly had no respect for Americans. Maybe English girls go for this silly stuff.

Regarding OP. In South America, I do not think they think one USA town is wealthier than the other (excluding LA & NYC) but just were making conversation and yes, probably turned on financially just to hear you were an American (not that a few there are not wealthy).

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Old 10-27-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles @ the moment.
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Yes about 15 yrs ago when I was in Italy and traveling with a group and I'm 5'11 , blonde and weighed about 105 dripping wet and some Italian guy comes up to me and says to me "supermodel yeah ?" and I said back to him in Italian , no just an American loving Italy . He walked away and one of the tour guides , an older gentleman said they always hit on the blondes cause being blonde over there is striking . I did not know that before I went there . So I guess everytime they see a tall blonde they go gah gah ....LOL .
You are lucky, my American gfs have been groped in Italy.
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Old 10-27-2016, 02:36 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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When in Europe the locals all assume I'm German. I don't have a problem with that...maybe my ancestry makes me look German?
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Old 10-27-2016, 05:11 PM
 
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Late 60s driving to New Orleans through Alabama. We were a bunch of long haired hippies headed to New Orleans with NY plates. We could not buy gas in Alabama. I'm stereotyping here, but every gas station was staffed by people who, in retrospect, looked like they were from Deliverance and they all refused to sell us any gas. We rode on fumes to Mississippi where we had no problem at all.
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Old 10-27-2016, 05:20 PM
 
Location: London U.K.
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I've been a NJ resident in the past and have heard other NJ residents say that when they drive in PA areas that border NJ, they have been intentionally almost run off the road, had cars cut in front of them, yelled at, you name it by residents with PA license plates.

A relative who lives in NC not far from the NC/VA state line but still maintains her VA license plates. She refuses to do any longterm parking in certain NC neighborhoods because she believes her VA plates will be a magnet to get her car broken into, vandalized, or ticketed by police. Whereas, if she had NC plates, none of these things would happen given the same circumstance.

It's true that some states harbor animosity towards their neighbor state and not only the citizens but even among law enforcement you have to walk a tight rope because you'll be held to a higher standard while driving than residents of that state. Yes, the police had probably ran your plates and seeing there was no problem there kept following you to see if you'd pull over into another lane without signaling or something for which he could give you a ticket.

Being stereotyped while traveling is very prevalent.

On this license plate thing, my elder son lives in Bielefeld, Germany, and when I used to visit him years ago, I'd fly into Hannover airport, or Dortmund, sometimes Munster, rent a car and drive to Bielefeld.
One time he said to me, "Did you notice all the other cars on the autobahn giving you a wide berth?"
I said, "Don't think so, why?"
He said, "That Merc you have has got Munich plates, they all drive at 160 kph, and drive like nut jobs."
Eventually I learned enough German to enable me to take the train to Bielefeld, then get him to pick me up at the station, much easier.
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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On this license plate thing, my elder son lives in Bielefeld, Germany, and when I used to visit him years ago, I'd fly into Hannover airport, or Dortmund, sometimes Munster, rent a car and drive to Bielefeld.
One time he said to me, "Did you notice all the other cars on the autobahn giving you a wide berth?"
I said, "Don't think so, why?"
He said, "That Merc you have has got Munich plates, they all drive at 160 kph, and drive like nut jobs."
Eventually I learned enough German to enable me to take the train to Bielefeld, then get him to pick me up at the station, much easier.
LOL, Munich is the license plate of all German Sixt-rent-a-car vehicles, that are usually (in LDAR) well equipped with good engines and fun to drive. Last weekend I was going 240 km/h myself with one of those. BMW 530xd
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