Stereotypes exist because they are often spot on, and Stereotypes offend because often they are spot on
No, stereotypes offend because of the way a person looks at you differently when you tell them where you're from, as if it makes you anything less of a person; because people think you're scum just for being from a certain place. Because they've seen a manufactured documentary on the TV. They offend and hurt deeply and remain engrained in your mind and it affects your self-esteem, and they're frustrating and they make you want to prove everyone wrong.
Perfect display of just one of the numerous attacks at 20 million people at the same time from our lovely James.
Romanians can't tell the difference between a Horse and a Cow, ask Findus
As for worrying about a flag, I dount many Romanians have TV let alone be able to recocgnise the Romanian flag
I did hear that London underground were thinking of using it as a sign to warn of pickpockets & beggars
When people actually make use of certain stereotypes, they don't even know the first thing about the people they're tarring with the same brush.
And you want to seem as if you don't really give a fuck so you don't give any satisfaction to people subjecting you to said stereotypes but you can't sometimes because fuck that! that's what you are, that's where you come from, and you know it's not true, and you know people are biased and judging not only one country, but half of Europe based on petty stereotypes. Because of course you only notice the 'bad' ones and it's so easy to say: yes, hundreds of millions of people are exactly the same.
James, you're quite funny, don't get me wrong. But your extreme display of ignorance is not. It says more about your level of intelligence and common sense more than anything else. And the way you deal with an argument reminds me of my last job; babysitting. Those kids could actually make a valid point once in a while.