New Zealander reveals the major ‘culture shock’ she faced after moving to America

A TikToker from New Zealand is raising eyebrows after sharing the big “culture shock” she faced after relocating to America. The video comes from popular user Jazz Thornton, who posts videos as both @jazzthornton_ and @notjazzthornton. Her clip, which has drawn nearly 4 million views, is part of a longstanding TikTok trend in which users share their biggest international culture shocks. In Thornton’s video, she pointed out one specifically “weird” fact about shopping in America: the way that price tags don’t really show how much something costs. Thornton begins by explaining that she recently tried to buy a dress in America and was shocked to discover that the listed price was way different than what she ultimately paid. The issue? Sales tax. In New Zealand, the sales tax is typically included in the listed price — . meaning what you see is what you pay. Of course, it’s a lot more complex in the U.S. Many countries treat sales tax similarly to New Zealand, where it’s included in the price. In the U.S., that’s not possible because sales tax differs by state or even by county