BROOKLYN - In places like Japan or Thailand, entering someone's home without removing one's shoes is unthinkable. However, in the U.S. it's not exactly the norm.

News 12 asked Brooklyn residents about whether they think it's rude to ask guests to remove their shoes before coming inside their homes.

Some residents told News 12 that it's acceptable in certain situations, such as if the person was outside in the mud or snow. However, it's not necessary in situations such as cocktail parties where the person's shoes are part of their outfit. They say you should give notice to the person ahead of time.

Other residents say it's never acceptable to ask someone to remove their shoes because that person is being put in an uncomfortable situation.