The Self-Attaching Tourist Guide

#1 Dec 29th, 2004, 02:35
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Here is something that happened to us quite often. We'd be walking around at a tourist sight or in a street and some bloke would strike up a conversation about what we were looking at. Then, he'd start going into detail for a few minutes then request an exhorbitant amount of money.

The first time it happened, we payed a few rupees and the fellow left grumbling because we didn't give him enough. It was the first and last time that we paid for a service that we didn't want.

Now by all means, these guys do have quite a bit of knowledge to offer. If you want them as a guide, make sure to establish the price up front. If not, then here's how we handled unwanted, self-attaching guides for the rest of our trip.

1. Be straightforward right when he begins talking. Face him, look him in the eye and tell him that you don't want a guide and under no conditions will he be paid any amount or will a donation be given to his cause. At this point, he'll start a discussion about how he is a student and needs money, or needs to practice his English, etc. Be steadfast. Unless you want his services and are willing to pay, don't give in. Just walk away.

2. Ask him how much their services cost. Tell him that for him to walk with you, it will cost three times the amount that he is asking for. Therefore, he owes you money for the priviledge of being an escort. At this point, he'll walk away. If he was aggressive, have some fun and follow him demanding payment and then watch him run.
#2 Dec 30th, 2004, 10:32
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A guy selling drums was pestering me. Who wants a bloody drum twice a day? I told him I play guitar. He said "I bring you one tomorrow". I said "make sure it's George Harrison's" He said "OK" & there..Goa
#3 Dec 31st, 2004, 14:22
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