I saw this news about Hikaru Utada's mother getting caught at the NY airport for possession to a huge amount of cash (420,000USD!!!
) when she entered the country. The US gov't kept the money and put her under investigation and now that it's proven to be clean money she has to go through paper work to get her money back.
As it is unusual to carry such an amount of cash around in North America. I don't think she can really complain about what the US immigration did to her as there are actual written rules on the amount of cash you can bring with you when entering the country.
From this case I think it reveals how cultural difference could lead to unnecessary troubles as such.
The States is a credit card country and people don't usually carry too much cash around (similar in Hong Kong and Canada). But it's totally opposite in Japan.
ATM machines close at certain hours and even when they are in operation their complimentary service is only until around 7pm during weekdays. It's nothing that you could imagine in a financially advanced (you think) country like Japan could have such behind services. But it is true! And since credit card is still not as common you do really need to carry cash with you at all times. (Did you know there are drive-thru ATM in North America?! They are really handy!!
This is one thing my husband always complains about me. That I keep too little cash in my wallet. I'm still adjusting to it slowly.