American who spent years in the UK shares the things he liked best

American who lived in the UK for years says the two countries are like ‘night and day’ – as he praises British transit, healthcare, and police ‘who seem like servants, not lunatic power trippers’

  • Imgur user Chimichanga007 grew up in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has lived in California, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut 
  • He spent a couple of years living in the UK and misses it
  • The man now has ‘survivor’s guilt after experiencing living in a sane country compared to America’
  • Some of the things he liked best were ‘free ATMs everywhere,’ ‘modern and plentiful public transit,’ and that ‘workers take their breaks religiously
  • Other pluses were free and inexpensive medicine and police who ‘seem like servants, not lunatic power trippers’

An American who spent a couple of years living in the UK has said the differences between the two countries is ‘night and day.’

Imgur user Chimichanga007 was born and raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has lived in California, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

But after moving to the UK for work for a couple of years, he was shocked at the differences, admitting he now has ‘survivor’s guilt after experiencing living in a sane country compared to America’. 

Differences: An American who spent a couple of years living in the UK has said the differences between the two countries is ‘night and day’ (stock image)

Chimichanga007 shared the differences they observed on Imgur beneath a Confession Bear meme.

‘I come from a poor family,’ he wrote. ‘I got the chance to live and work in the UK for a couple of years. Love it.’

‘If you’re not obscenely rich, UK is like a utopia compared to USA,’ he went on. ‘I don’t hate. I want this for my country.’

One major difference is that in the UK, employees get ‘tons of paid holiday at every job.’

In the UK, almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid time off. 

In the US, workers are not legally entitled to any paid time off, though some employers opt to offer it as a benefit.

Chimichanga007 also praised the ‘free ATMs everywhere,’ saying that ‘banks aren’t making loot preying on the poors with fees like USA.’

The Imgur user liked the ‘modern and plentiful public transit’ in the UK as compared to the US, as well as that ‘workers take their breaks religiously.’

He said there’s ‘less expensive and better quality fresh veg and meat’ across the pond, and that ‘in Brooklyn to get the stuff I get in London I would have to go to the Sunday farmers market.’

There’s also major differences between the healthcare system.

‘Went to the ER and I got emotional because they treated me like a human being and I wouldn’t go into debt,’ the said, adding that ‘getting emotional makes them embarrassed tho so don’t recommend.’

‘[There’s a] feeling that’s hard to explain but imagine you know that everyone you know, your neighbours, random strangers, kids, moms, grannys, everyone you see everyday is covered and can go free to a doctor or ER, taking care of each other [sic],’ he added. 

Faves: The Imgur user liked the ‘modern and plentiful public transit’ in the UK as compared to the US, as well as that ‘workers take their breaks religiously’

In addition, over-the-counter drugs are cheaper in the UK, and prescription drugs were just $10 and his wife’s birth control was free.

Under the Affordable Care Act, birth control in the US has no copay for those who have insurance — but those without it can pay up to $50 a pack.

Chimichanga007 was also thrilled that ‘cops [in the UK] seem like servants, not lunatic power trippers’ and ‘most can’t “accidentally” kill you [because they are] not packing.’

Certain laws in the US — like against jaywalking — don’t exist there, either. 

‘I miss you UK and I am coming back when this is all over! I know EU gives you s*** but you’re my happy place and have a lot of compassion in your society!’ he concluded.

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