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arion

Silly Travel Complaints

by arion »

You are right. No surprises in the list at all but the complaints do make me despair. What's to become of the human race when stupidity is so rampant?

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travelandnature

RE: Silly Travel Complaints

by travelandnature »

These are purportedly survey responses gathered from travel agents as told by their clients.  Their clients needed guidance and, correctly, sought out agents to help them with their journeys.  Independent travellers are cut from a different cloth.

Desiderata

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

 

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travelandnature

RE: Silly Travel Complaints

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The following list of traveller's complaints is on the Web, in slightly varying forms.    These concerns will not surprise regular contributors to these Forums.   A survey from Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents revealed 20 of the most ridiculous complaints by holiday-makers made to their travel agent.   1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”   2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”   3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food at all.”   4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”   5. A tourist at a top African Game Lodge overlooking a water hole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel “inadequate.”   6. A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in her hotel room by staff. In fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.   7. “The beach was too sandy.”   8. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure.Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”   9. A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.   10. “Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”   11. “We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five euros from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.”   12. “No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”   13. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England, it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”   14. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller.”   15. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation.’ We’re trainee hairdressers — will we be OK staying there?”   16. “There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad.”   17. “We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”   18. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”   19. “I was bitten by a mosquito, no-one said they could bite.”   20. “My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

 

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kringenwally

RE: Silly Travel Complaints

by kringenwally »

The time: Around 1960. The place: Ravenna, Italy, a small restaurant. The cast: Myself, observing a middle-aged couple from Germany at the next table. That was before the Wirtschaftswunder, hardly any Germans could afford to travel, so they stood out.

They order coffee and get the usual tiny espresso. They talk among themselves about being cheated and wanting to do something about it. Out comes the dictionary, a sentence is being cobbled together, and promptly and firmly expressed to the waiter: (Heavy German accent:) 

"Cameriere - pieno o niente!" ("Waiter - full or nothing!")

Waiter takes cups back, switches contents to larger cups, adds hot water, and I hear the German man say to his wife:

"Na ja, dem haben wirs gezeigt!" ("We showed him...").

Thus was born the "Americano" coffee, except that it should henceforth have been known as the "Tedesco".

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travelandnature

RE: Silly Travel Complaints

by travelandnature »

That was a happy ending.  I expected the waiter to return, opt for nothing at all - per their suggestion - and take the cup away entirely.

 

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PHeymont

RE: Silly Travel Complaints

by PHeymont »

These lists (as a schools person I constantly get lists of alleged test answers or parent comments) are of debatable authenticity but always good fun. But to have the word of an eyewitness to a real one--PRICELESS.

 

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kringenwally

RE: Silly Travel Complaints

by kringenwally »

When hotel guests in Nadi (on Fiji) kept complaining about drivers and other appointments not being punctual, the front desk would try and diffuse the situation by mentioning "they're running on island time". To regulars like myself this made complete sense. Once I heard somebody throw such a fuss that the exasperated staffer suggested "maybe you could adjust your watch to island time?". The baffled complainant said "but I already compensated for the number of time zones when I got here". Staffer: "Then why don't you just set it back by another hour?"

And a tour guide, who frequently had to wait with his group when the van driver didn't show up, got so fed up that he ended up wearing three wrist watches, one set to actual time, one set an hour back, and one an hour ahead. Whenever he got bombarded with impatience, he'd cover up two watches and showed just the one remaining one (usually the slow one), saying "this is set to island time, and we're going to be early, not to worry", then he'd uncover the other two and usually get a laugh that would take the edge off the moment.

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yostwl

RE: Silly Travel Complaints

by yostwl »

Not really a complaint, but an interesting response to an inquiry from a traveler.

We arrived at our accomodations in Costa Rica, and there was a German couple checking in ahead of us.  The husband asked the desk clerk "Is the room water safe to drink?"

The desk clerk looked a bit miffed and replied "Of course, sir, this isn't Mexico."

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