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What's your name again?

Imagine the following conversation:

Anders; “Hello there stranger, my name is Anders!”
Stranger; “Hi John, my name is Jake!”
Anders; “Hello Jake, but my name isn't John, it's Anders.”
Jake; “Sounds complicated, I'll just call you John.”
Anders; “Well, if it's too difficult you can call me Andrew. Andy works too.”
Jake; “Thanks but I'll stick to John.”
Sounds pretty insulting, doesn't it? However, that must be the reality for some countries. Like Hrvatska and Hellas. Or Croatia and Greece as we call them.
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