Paid PostPosted on Jul 5, 201613 Things You Didn't Realize Were Bad Manners In Other CountriesLike any Brit, the all-new Jaguar XE is exceptionally well-mannered. Here are some international faux pas to help you remain composed in any situation.by JaguarBrand PublisherLinkFacebookPinterestTwitterMail 1. In Venezuela, it's considered rude to show up early or even on time. Jon Feingersh / Getty Images Punctuality is interpreted as greediness. Show up 10 to 15 minutes late to be on the safe side. 2. In Italy, it is considered a faux pas to drink a cappuccino after a meal. Buena Vista Images / Getty Images / 581021375 Save it for breakfast — they believe consuming milk later in the day or after a large meal will upset the stomach. 3. In Mexico, it's considered rude for a waiter to bring your bill before you ask for it. Peter Adams / Getty Images Planning on dining out in Mexico? Practice "la cuenta, por favor," or you might be waiting awhile. 4. Don't give knives, scissors, or other sharp objects as gifts in the Netherlands. Giorgio Fochesato / Getty Images They're considered unlucky in Dutch culture. 5. In Japan, it's best never to place your chopsticks upright in rice. Cultura Exclusive/Sofie Delauw / Getty Images This is how rice is presented during funeral rites and is considered bad luck. 6. In some places such as India, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Africa, it might be best not to eat or pass food with your left hand. Kevin Clogstoun / Getty Images The left hand is associated with uncleanliness. Southpaws who visit should either attempt to use their right or get used to the occasional side-eye by locals. 7. Don't pour your milk in before your tea in England. Betsie Van Der Meer / Getty Images / Via gettyimages.com There's no way to know the strength of the tea by sight. BUT the subject is so hotly debated, you'll either get disparaging "oh, you're a milk-before-the-tea type of person" or "oh, you're a milk-after-the-tea type of person" comments no matter what you do... (Good luck.) 8. In France, it's bad luck to cross over someone else's drink as you are toasting. EschCollection / Getty Images Also, you should make eye contact with each person you toast. (Pro tip: Say "à votre santé" — or "to your health" — to really impress the locals.) 9. In Canada, it's customary to take your shoes off when you enter someone's home. Bushturkey Studio / Getty Images It's just the polite thing to do. 10. In China, one should probably avoid giving a gift with the number four in it. Blend Images / Getty Images The Chinese word for four (四 sì) is very close to the word for death (死 sǐ). 11. In Samoa, it's considered rude to refuse food. Blaine Harrington III / Getty Images Make sure you head to a meal hungry. 12. In Denmark, one should never take the last of any food item off of a plate. Buena Vista Images / Getty Images Take small parts of it until only crumbs are left. 13. In China, it's best to leave food on your plate as a gesture of gratitude toward your host's generosity. Photography by Daniel Frauchiger / Getty Images They might continue to refill your plate should you empty it. The all-new well-mannered Jaguar XE.