Discussion: What is the best way to handle touts in India?

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#361 Apr 23rd, 2018, 02:37
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The redoubtable Mrs Nick nailed it! The best way to avoid further engagement is to say that you've already got the service they're trying to sell you. "No thank you" with eye contact is pretty much an invitation or the guy to keep up at your elbow for 500 metres.

In the Delhi prepaid taxis from the airport, the driver would always ask if I had a reservation, and I would always say that my spouse was already there. It shut the scam down instantly every time. Saying "Yes I have a reservation" was not enough, because they'd still try to take you somewhere else.
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I thought this video was good to illustrate how these guys work:


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I ordinarily have a car and driver so I don't have to deal with people selling transportation. However when I take visitors to see the sights the souvenir sellers can be pests. My (adult) daughter came up with a good ploy on her first trip to India. One trinket guy at the Ajanta Caves just would not leave her alone so she reached in her pocket for some random object like a toothpick and tried to sell it to him (for 50 rupees). This worked beautifully. When I am not in a hurry and street vendors are bothering me I find a shady spot to sit down, get out my water bottle, and offer the guy a drink, never glancing at the merchandise. Again, this is such an unexpected act that they usually just wander off. So far nobody has wanted a sip. When I am in a hurry, I just act as if they are invisible and inaudible: No eye contact, no response, walk right into their personal space and keep going. This works most of the time.
The burqa ploy is appealing and I have considered it... I have met one white woman who actually wears one when city shopping alone. I had someone grab my breast on a busy street in 'Nagar, not sure a burqa would have prevented this. But that was before I was adopted by a Muslim family who won't let me go anyplace by myself. When they took my voluptuous female friend shopping and a punk on the street corner made rude comments about her they got out of the car to teach him some manners. I gather some slapping was involved. I can't say I approve of such violence but this sort of thing makes me feel safe anyway.
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I have no problems myself dealing with touts, but the video clip above shows how organised and widespread the scamming "industry" is. Many visitors must fall for these scams or they would not survive.

I very much like the idea of trying to sell something to them instead.

Looks like others like this idea too:



In hotels I have sometimes tried the Indian tv channels, and noticed that when advertising anything even slightly risque, the models always look more western than Indian. I wonder if this reinforces the views of local males that different standards of behaviour can apply to western women?

My girlfriend had her boob touched from behind when we watched a movie in India, back in 1984. A strong feminist, she made such a loud complaint that they had to halt the movie.

I sometimes think that trying to keep young males and females apart is bound to make it harder for the few females out and about on their own, but maybe that sort of society is "safest" for the majority?

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