Does anyone still wonder why we are considered "The Ugly Americans?"
People took pics of my kids all the time when we traveled. We've often wondered just how many scrapbooks they are in. Especially when it's tourists, it's honestly not that big of a deal. In the OP's situation, we'd have posed and had a delightful conversation about where they were from or where they were visiting, etc. We'd have made new friends, if only for a snapshot of time. It's a far, far better life (less stress, etc) than getting knickers in a knot about minor differences in culture.
I'd be far more concerned about a stalker back home taking pics or something similarly ominous.
The OP can write the State Dept, but they'll probably just get a big laugh out of it TBH - along with rolled eyes - and I feel for the poor dude or dudette who has to compose a "sympathy" letter back.
Yep because chasing a freaked out four year old at a high cliff overlooking a waterfall to get his picture is totally acceptable. Eye rolls at you. You have no idea that this was not a photo from afar. It was a blatant disregard for safety, privacy, wishes of a parent, and scared a small child.
I get societal norms...I'm a world traveler. This is not that. This isn't taking someone's photo at a distance of even five or ten feet. This is trying to push around me to get a pic of my terrified son.
By the way, I didn't say State Department, I said embassies. Why would I write to the US State Dep when the issue lies with the Asian nations? I don't want your answer. Just a rhetorical question.
Edited by MommyLiberty5013, 14 September 2017 - 11:31 AM.