March 19th, 2009
|09:22 am - No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.|
The Telegraph recently ran an article detailing the amount of ludicrous complaints tour operators have received from various tourists who would have done better just staying at home.
One tourist was unhappy because there were too many Spanish people in Spain. Another one complained that the beaches were too sandy. And a third was bit by a mosquito and was thoroughly chagrined, because "no one told us they bite."
"No one told us" is a common theme. Wonder why.
Oh, and then there's the elephant. That might be the best one of all. G'wan and read it already.
|Date:||March 19th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Which do you think are genuine, sincere, non piss-take complaints?
I reckon the real ones are: 4, 6, 7 (remember the complaints about the one-handed children's TV presenter?), 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 20.
5 wouldn't actually surprise me after all the middle-aged women I saw in Chiang Mai looking daggers at their husbands eyeing the Thai barmaids.
And I think 15 might actually be legit if the tour operators had put a family in a hotel full of stag parties.
|Date:||March 19th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm sure these are genuine: 3 (too sandy), 4(gravy), 6(ray bans), 7(fish), 8(travel times), 12(Spaniards), 13(white sand), 14(outside), 17(biccies), 18(siesta)
I'm sure these aren't: 1(elephant), 9(preggo)
These could be either: 2(do not disturb), 5 (topless), 10 (room size), 11 (hairdressers), 15 (unruly), 16(mozzies), 19 (curry), 20 (swimming cossies)
It's true that when you think "Can someone be this stupid?" the answer is often "yes".
I have to admit, I don't think the white/yellow sand one sounds too unreasonable. It sounds like a complaint about the brochure, not about the beach. If the picture in the advertisement doesn't actually look like the thing it's advertising, isn't that an appropriate reason to complain?
I think the fellow writing that complaint also ordered a margarita from the cabana waiter and specifically said no salt -- NO SALT!! -- but when he got it there were huge grains of salt on the glass.
I dunno. Having worked as a travel planner and having had to endure some of the most bizarre complaints and demands, I admit each one does indeed have an air of legitimacy. Lots of ignorant travellers out there. These are the people who tell you they want to plan a vacation and, when pressed for a destination, answer "Oh, I don't know... someplace warm. Close to the water. And not a lot of people around."
And they invariably end up picking a Spring Break weekend, too.
The elephant does smack of Henry Root, now that I think about it.