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In November, Rich had left me—nineteen, unemployed, unwed, and pregnant—for that bitch, Sandy, who looked like Ursula Andress as Catwoman. Lilacs in Bloom. Eau de Toilette? Or your role as Peter,. When your two. I nearly peed my pants laughing. You just played along. You wanted to be a rocket man—Neil Armstrong.

I wanted to be Emily Dickinson, or Harriet the Spy. Heartbreaker from Beneath the Full Wolf Moon. Rich walked me to my driveway, then brashly took my face into his hands and French-kissed me, right in front of god, and my dad, who flinched,. I felt the world go tilt. Then Rich kissed me again and the equation of our friendship grew complicated. There was the three of us. There was you and Rich. There was you and me.

There was that kiss. There was me and Rich. Jim Beam boilermakers and s— his favorite breakfast. In the center is a guy with an electric guitar. The catwalk has bumps to resemble the tracks of Guitar Hero. Then in the middle I'll stop, announce "this part is just to be an asshole to people playing Guitar Hero," and then flail wildly on the strings for 30 seconds. Man 2: Feeding rocks to children in the park.

Man 1: Your sociopathic abuse of random strangers staggers me. Man 2: I aspire to have more creativity than the common asshole. Man 2: I'm more of a classy asshole -- A class-hole, if you will. For example, I like poking tiny holes in styrofoam noodle cups at the grocery store-- Man 2: Thanks to me, someone gets surprise boiling water in the lap. Man 1: I am in awe. Man 2: It's even more fun to do to condoms.

Of course no one else compares. I've known you for so long that I'd have to spend years with someone to build up this kind of connection and I daren't let you go of you long enough to let that happen. Woman: But I guess this is really all I can ask for. I'm happy with you; I should stop worrying. One is wearing a black hat. Let's walk around the world. Man with the black hat: Sounds good.

They stand, silently looking at the scene. See Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music , U. Person 2: Well, I can meet the plane at ten of six. Person 1: Do you know where to find him? Person 2: I'll meet him at the stairs before the gate. That could get pretty difficult. Tendrils from the frame develop and grow in panels 1 and 2, wind round the figure in panel 3, and finally retreat back to the frame, tearing the stick figure apart in panel 4.

A man is sitting on the floor with a game controller in his hand. He is looking at a TV on the floor connected to a game console, also on the floor. Man: You know, our love is like a katamari. We travel along, rolling up more and more of the world into our shared experience, taking it and making it our own. Girl: I, you Geekiness aside, that was actually incredibly sweet. Man: The clutter of everyday life, with a simple core to tie it together, eventually becomes something grand as the world itself.

These immigrants should have to learn English when they come here. Woman: Yeah Man: When you go to live somewhere, you learn the language they speak there. English is the language of the land. Other Woman: Excuse me, but osio Sarah dawado. Man: What the hell was that? Other Woman: Woman: Cherokee. Two buildings in the upper and lower left corners, respectively, and a rectangular lawn. A road encloses the lawn, another road traverses horizontally through the center of the lawn. The character is in the lower left and the upper right corner, where it says "my apartment". I think about this all the time.

You stop trying to tell me where, when, and how I play my movies and music, and I won't crush your homes under my inexorably advancing wall of ice. Outer door: secure. Narrator: It's been over a decade since Jurassic Park opened, and I still size up buildings for their potential as shelter against velociraptor attacks. It's been over thirteen years, buddy. The band has the letters "WWED" printed on it. That is, the amount of inertia something has and the amount of gravity it has are effectively the same. What's interesting is that there doesn't seem to be any reason this should be true. One could imagine an extremely large object with lots of resistance to force and no gravity or vice versa , but this is never observed.

Hat Guy: You know what? I'm just gonna skip the rest of the buildup and say it: Yo mama's fat. First man: My what? Second man: Never mind. You are in a dark, outdoor map. Behind him is a house with a lawn. It's quiet; no one is ever just walking about. It's like a secret. I always hope that I'll find someone else quietly hiding from sleep, and we'll see each other and sit and talk. I guess this is a bad place to meet people.

I wish it weren't.

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Many people are dancing around him. I feel like I should have a guitar or something. A bearded man stands behind him. Have Friends? Have Boyfriend Girlfriend? Haha, penis. Person: I doubt it. Phone: What about a baby's first word? Person: Look, your obsession with sending strange things through the mail is getting out of hand. Phone: Can you mail a blank stare? Phone: A dizzying height? Phone: Pi? Phone: Well, did you at least get that package of time I sent you?

Person: I. Phone: Well, there was a lot of it, so it will probably take a while. At first, I loved A Simple Plan. Then I realized, with creeping horror, that they were serious. The Lyrics are ridiculous. The lyrics are ridiculous. Toward the top, people are standing calmly, some holding hands. As the parts of the comic break apart, people try to reach for each other, hold parts together, or curl up into a ball. I've been experimenting with them. I helped make sure my parents got together and helped my dad to be less of a loser.

Woman: Wow! Do you still have the time machine? Man: Nah. But I did what I really needed to do. Woman: Uh huh. Man: Yeah Woman: I That is, it's okay to be self-serving, steal, and murder as long as you're going really, really fast. A stick figure is holding onto a rope, dangling down one of these passages. White text is in the black sections. I held you tight against the dark and said that I would always come for you. Then one day it happened. You were torn from my arms and vanished from this world. Maybe you don't remember my promise. But I meant every word. I hope you're not afraid, wherever you are.

You don't need to be. I'm not. I will find you. A figure is hovering above it in a wave of energy. I summoned myself from a parallel universe. Person 2: You know, he could vanish at any moment. Person 2: You should take this chance to make out with yourself. Person Better to be on the safe side. Man: We should try that in our relationship! Woman: It's a neat idea, but I think treating personal issues like a debate will only engender hostility and hurt feelings.

Man: No, I think it would help, by forcing us to consider the other person's point of view. Woman: Hmm, maybe you're right. Man: Am not. It's a bad idea. Bottom of the poster: Much worse than last time. It'd be much worse. Hammer Slide [[Two guys stand next to each other talking]] A: I just feel like somewhere out there is the girl for me. B: Yeah. A: Someone loving and caring. B: I know what you mean. A: A girl whose only mode of transportation is the M. Hammer Slide. Wait, what? I didn't stop and talk to her, and I've regretted it ever since.

Remember, The Bible is Closed Source. Man, why are all my relationships ruined by early 90's rappers? Unpredictable turns, unconstrainable. Tantalizingly regular but never quite the same. I am like the Riemann-zeta function. A rippled curtain of the imagined and real. Deeply tied with you in ways incomprehensible.

Although, strictly speaking, The Riemann-zeta function couldn't have given your herpes. I've misplaced the exact parameters I used. You know, I'm sick of easy targets. Anyone can make fun of emo kids. You know who's had it too easy? Computational Linguists.

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My field is so ill-defined, I can subscribe to any of dozens of contradictory models and still be taken seriously! Adorable golden retriever, yes. But it says nothing about meerkats. A second-story suite. Come craving courtship, selected serendipitously Crazed copulations, a salacious storm of continuous coitus. Spread, straddled, conquered. Countless crashed suitors strewn carelessly. Centre, silken sheets sensuously caressing soft skin, Contentedly sleeps your mom.

God, she's such a whore. None of this is real! I can see through the world! I can see the code! Boy, was THAT ever hard to explain to him. I shouldn't have listened to the 70's hit marathon on the way home from work the night before. On the kick drum is a picture of a hedge clipper. His profile contains a picture of a spiky-haired man and some text, which is rendered as dialogue in the panels. I like candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach. But we'll be out there barely an hour before they start in with "I'm tired" and "Don't you think it's time we head back?

I just want someone to walk with! The woman is on a table and the 2 men are looking at her ]] Man: I love that girl. She's not afraid to be quirky and different. Woman: You know, I'm active in street theatre and I collect and paint Asian dolls. Okay, I didn't actually mean be different. I just want silly and entertaining on command now and then. When I throw the lever, you will feel centrifugal force crush every bone in your body.

Bond: You mean centripetal force. There's no such thing as centrifugal force. Hat Guy: A laughable claim, Mister Bond, perpetuated by overzealous teachers of science. Simply construct Newton's laws into a rotating system and you will see a centrifugal force term appear as plain as day. Bond: Come now, do you really expect me to do coordinate substitution in my head while strapped to a centrifuge? Hat Guy: No, Mr. I expect you to die. Hey guys what if Google is evil?!? I'll sleep with you for a FreeIpods deal. Watch this doddler get owned by a squirrel!!!

Web 7. Jon released an exploit in the protocol for meeting girls. Howard Dean? So I hear there's a hurricane. We should elect this dude! Google Maps is da best!! I shot a man in Reno check it out on YouTube! Net Neutrality! Friends Only. Look alive, blogonauts! You have been eaten by a Grue. Ruby on a monorail Lesbians! DNF Released! Xeni found some porn! Linux on Rails! Blogocube del. O Don't slam the source when you close it. Why should I hire you to head our new initiative? Guy with a hat: If you don't mind asking, what gave you the idea I was one of the best in the business?

Guy behind the desk: Hm? I don't remember. Just word of mouth or someth Guy with a hat: Thank you. When can I start? I wonder if you're safest just buying the most popular one. The cars are lighter, the tires are slick.

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When you drift, if you ain't out of control, you ain't in control. And if you work the wheel back and forth just right, [[Two cars race around a corner with blue sparks spraying from their tires. Will I ever stop feeling like this? Their goal is the elimination of all culture they don't control.

Can you jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace? Never experienced the new wave? Next wave? Dream wave? Check the news section of the forums to see the clip! You LIED! Male: Oh, a mix of things. Female: Definitely, we need more of those sounds. Female: Sometimes they're a little much for me.

I go more for things like The Arcade Fire, sometimes mixing some electronic sounds like Postal Service. Female: Mhm! Synth pop can be fun, but at the same time, I agree that sometimes you just need to blast some Metallica. Male: Who? Male: Are they new? Narrator: I sound pretty knowledgeable about music until people figure out that I'm just naming bands from Guitar Hero.

What of it? Munroe" in the middle. A stick figure is standing in front of it, speaking to the class. Teacher: I've put out your test. Please get started. Munroe, Miss Lenhardt never taught us this. Teacher: That's because Miss Lenhart doesn't understand how important certain kinds of math are. Student: But this just looks -- Teacher: This material is more vital than anything you've ever learned Student: But -- Teacher: No buts. Teacher: This is a matter of life and death. A velociraptor is running towards it. When it spots you, you begin to flee, quickly reaching yourtop speed of 6 m s.

How far can you get before you're caught and devoured? You're at the center of a 20m equilateral triangle with a raptor at each corner. The top raptor has a wounded leg and is limited to a top speed of 10 m s. The picture has a legend " Not to scale ". At what angle should you run to maximize the time you stay alive? Raptors can open doors, but they are slowed by them. Using the floor plan on the next page, plot a route through the building, assuming raptors take 5 minutes to open the first door and halve the time for each subsequent door.

Remember, raptors run at 10 m s and they do not know fear. Future employers might read it. B: When did we forget our dreams? A: What? The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I'm sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out before us. We see the same things every day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of societal norms.

We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us. B: And no, I don't have all the answers. I don't know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I do know one thing: the solution doesn't involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of some day easing my fit into a mold. It doesn't involve tempering my life to better fit someone's expectations. It doesn't involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up.

B: THAT. B: SHIT. Anyway, who's up for a road trip! Can you give me a few pointers? Person: I hate you. I should get chips and make nachos. I should get cheese and make nachos. There's an eye chart on the wall behind him. In fact, you heard ALL the beeps! You have super-hearing! You're needed at Hogwarts! Philippe: Oh boy! Beef: Alright that is pretty sweet dogg what is your strategy gonna consist of Ray: I'm thinkin' I need to point out my best features--maybe go holdin' a sign with an arrow toward my junk.

Beef: Well basically you got no chance as I see it these dudes are all lovers and fighters to the last Beef: All sprung fully formed from the head of Sweet Sweetback Beef: You are gonna stand out as the sort of dude who stays at home all night playing fleshlight tag Ray: These words you got are crazy. Didn't I win the outdoor fight? Beef: Uh huh about the fight I wasn't gonna tell you but how could you miss that I was setting you up Ray: What? Beef: You got played dogg Beef: I basically just didn't have the heart to go through with it in the end.

Beef: Anyway the point is that you are gonna lose this thing so hard Beef: All cheap McD's hamburger to their slabs of steak Beef: A couple oz sirloins garnished with nothing but pure manhood Beef: Maybe some sprigs of parsley Beef: You are pretty much going down [[Closeup of a shocked Ray. Beef looks perturbed and his ear is twitching. Ray's mouth is open. Beef looks sorry. Beef looks sorry and Ray looks annoyed. Beef is looking down and Ray's mouth is open. Beef looks surprised. Also, this sets the record for number of awkward-pause panels in one strip previously held by Achewood ]] I always wanted to impress them with how well I could hear, didn't you?

An anime girl with pigtails, long rectangular earrings and a blank expression stands with her arms at her sides. Man 1: Wait, I'm not sure we should parody megatokyo. Man 2: Fred Gallagher does seem like he might take it kind of hard. Man 1: He really does. Man 2: Poor guy. We should try to cheer him up. On the left is a mailbox. Man 2 stands at street level, while Man 1 is holding a cake on the top of a two-step staircase to the front door. Fred, please come out. It's OK. Don't cry, Fred. Man 1: We It isn't mine.

T-Rex: I'm all for it! Dromiceiomimus: But isn't that terrible grammar? T-Rex: Only by recent convention! It's been in use that way for centuries, and its use is widely accepted! ALSO: this lets us avoid ridiculous constructs like "he she", "s he", "xe" or "hirs"!

Utahraptor: T-Rex, I T-Rex: What? Utahraptor: That sounds good to me! Utahraptor: Normally I'd jump in with an objection, but I think your point makes sense. T-Rex: Could it be that the rift in our author's mind has finally healed? I know! Black Hat: Eh, I don't think so.

Guy: C'mon. There's no real reason not to except snobbiness. It's the new social scene. Black Hat: I know. I'm just not interested. Guy: Please? I'll friend you. Black Hat: Carebearstare. Guy: What? It throws Guy to the edge of the panel, pinned to the wall. She looked nice. Person 2: Oh no, not again. Person 1: But she was so sweet. Shy, but there was something in her eyes.

A pain down in her soul, the same as the one down in mine. Person 2: Mm hmm. Person 1: The police light played through her mohawk like the sun setting through pine trees as she shoveled the third hooker into the trunk of the camry Person 2: Back up. Man Man 1: Wobsite. I think you mean "website. They are both stick figures. Second man: What?

Make it yourself. First man: Sudo make me a sandwich. Woman: I filled it with playpen balls! Man: I Woman: Because we're grown-ups now, and it's our turn to decide what that means. And I guess it wouldn't be sanitary.

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Second Girl: My boyfriend proposed to me. Please, nobody ever say that. You may have three wishes. What does your heart desire? Man: I'd like a human-sized hamster ball. She gave me the pounds and the receipt but it was a receipt for Pesos changed. After arguing with her for 5 mins. She then told me that the cashier had done the exchange correctly and that I was wrong. They are running this scam together. Please be aware. I was once traveling on the metro in Paris with my boyfriend, when a group of young girls descended on him and picked his pocket.

Luckily he did not have any cash in his wallet at the time, or it might not have been returned for the reward. Barcelona — we were driving our van english plates and stopped at the traffic lights. I jump out to say thanks and as quick as a flash, someone runs around, opens my passenger door, grabs my handbag and they all run off.

In the morning at the police station, there were 8 tourists who had been pickpocketed the night before. We heard loads of stories there, when at a petrol station, make sure you lock your door when you go into pay etc Common sense I suppose, but easily forgotten. One day i was in milan attending football match there was guy he told me to wear someting like Hand necklace but i sad no thanks, then he took my hand and put on and asking me for money because i just bought and there is no return and i have to PAY right now likely for me there was like cops near me and i told him rather take it off or i will scream for the cops help, he finally take it off.

The fake petition It actually happened to me in Paris exactly on Eiffel tower by two young girls i dont thing that they are older then 17 it was like my first day traveling out of the country and never been scamed before, asking to sign for helping refugees children after that asked me for moeny thought i will going to give them like 2 euro but they took 20 euro and runs away. In Italy, a pretty common thing is the train ticket punch.

The main rail company there requires you to validate your ticket, even though it has been bought, before you board the train. Just another layer to the bureaucracy, I guess. I was offered twice, once by a man too lazy to get off his bench and approach me, another by a woman who spoke with such a thick accent that I asked her to speak Italian and then disappointed her when I told her I already had validated my ticket. That was in Florence. I saw it in Rome, and went out of my way to warn some of the travelers I saw that they needed to punch their ticket for validation.

Also had some women in Granada try the rosemary thing. They were so aggressive they scratched my arm gave them nothing. Had someone twice try to take a ring of my off my finger in Milan — no luck for them. And the ring thing in Paris — must have been about four or five times that happened to me over there. Good warnings. One to add is to note the amount and bills you put into room safe and check amount each time you return.

You put in say 5 Hundreds and 15 twenties. While out someone swipes 1 of the hundreds or a few twenties. Later on you trip you feel like you are going through your money too fast, but that happens on vacation right? If I use the safe I have started putting a post it with the count of bills on top of cash.

Also need to review when returning and let hotel know asap if issue. Great entertainment. Our hotel warned us of this one and had many people approach us with this. Great article Matt, information new travelers should know.

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First the taxi drivers argue about the price when you ask how much the fare will be when you know how much it should be then others with join in and offer to take you for cheaper. Sadly my last memory of Bali was the taxi driver who overcharged me on my ride to the airport. I did not notice but he may have had his meter running before he picked me up as the price was more than it should have been.

I had used the same company with no issues four or five times before this ride. I knew the meter was higher than it should have been but I did not want to get off in the middle of nowhere. I confronted him but he knew I had little recourse. I did get his name and later reported him to his company. The spa manager who called the taxi from the most reputable company also filed a complaint. In Paris I had a different attempted scam.

A well dressed Italian guy in a car claimed he was from Milan and in Paris for fashion week. Could I help him find a petrol station? Our scam experience happened in New York City. Waiting to cross the avenue, when the light changed a yr old girl pretended to twist her ankle coming off the curb, sending her cell phone flying and feinting pain. Noting the wrong responses we also noticed two other encroaching youth bringing her phone and asking if she was okay, getting too close.

I whipped out my phone and was dialing telling her she needed medical assistance because her ankle was broken and my partner kept the others at bay. With her eyes as round as saucers she assured us she was okay and sprinted off down the street with her entourage. We laughed so hard…but were also prepared. All cash, cc were secured in our inside zippered pockets. A few I managed to avoid, both in Mexico, my friends military and I went into a strip joint looking for another friend who had gotten lost. Girl 1 in front of me takes my hands and puts them on her chest and begins to lead me to a table or booth.

Girl 2 behind me puts one hand on me in an area that would be covered by a bathing suit and the other hand is looking for my wallet. I had less to drink than the others so I picked up on the scam right about when she had the zippered pocket where my wallet was about halfway open. Another night of mostly trouble in Tijuana was almost done and we were headed back to San Diego. I noticed a commotion just ahead of us and when the crowd thinned enough for me to see the problem, a man with a serious head injury lying in a pool of blood, based on the unnatural shape of his head I was pretty sure he was dead or close to it.

Right about when I realized this a policeman began grabbing everyone in the area. We backtracked a few blocks and then took another route to the border. In Beijing we had a young man come up to us to ask us to take his picture, with a very cheap camera, then he of course offered to reciprocate with our expensive DSLR with fancy lens. My wife almost handed him the camera, but I stopped her. He was very disappointed Every taxi driver in Beijing tried to cheat us, too.

Then in Rome a man guessed I was from Argentina and tried to put me a bracelet but I walked away. The ones in the front tried to distract us while the others tried pickpocketing or open our bags. Luckily I saw that and took my sister and I away before anything happened. We went to his store, which was down a back alley and there was no one else there. He gave me tea and let me look at the paintings. Looking back, he was very nice but I feel lucky that nothing worse happened to me, as I went off with him alone as a 22 year old female.

In Palma Majorca we had people try to put 1 pennies flowers into our pockets and look for my wallet at the same time. Sadly, later that day while fighting the crush the get on a bus they got me. Luckily it was just a small amount of cash but still annoying and I had to spend the next hour in a police station while they very slowly filled in a report I could hand to my travel insurer.

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This is now a great list of scams from around the world that will help a lot of future travelers! Thank you! In Chiang Mai, I asked my hotel to call a taxi. When I said no, he then offered to take me to a jewelry shop. Again, I said no. Lesson learned: always take a licensed taxi or Uber. In Lisbon, Portugal, my friends and I were sitting at a table outside a restaurant, and this guy came up to us off the street with a map in his hand. He tried to ask us for directions, putting the map on our table for him to point at.

At this point, the restaurant staff came over and chased him away. Pretty clever idea to be honest, and we got lucky. We actually went back to the same restaurant a few times and we saw him again! Luckily we were right next to the hotel so the lovely door man comes out and scares her off. Another scam- In India, a woman with a baby comes up to you looking to buy milk for her baby.

Little do you know that she goes to another store and sells the unopened milk, to buy something else — not to help the child at all. We had a local guide that shared this scam — a common problem in India. The most common scam in China besides the taxi drivers and other stuff mentioned above is the Tea Ceremony scam. Basically, a group of young Chinese who speak good English usually claiming to be art students will approach you at a popular tourist site and ask you to help them take a group photo.

They then take you to a tea shop, where you will be invited to sit down and taste some different teas while the host goes through the ceremony. Then the students will disappear and the bill of several thousand yuan will be brought to you, and they will lock the door or threaten you to pay.

When I was just out of college I was visiting Athens and walked by a restaurant, and a gentleman stopped me and introduced himself as the owner. He welcomed me to Athens and asked where I was from. Could I buy you a beer and perhaps you could buy her a drink and tell her places to visit? She was very charming, but I eventually told her I suspected it was a scam. The other scam was in New York at the 42nd St air terminal I hired a taxi driver to take me to my hotel.

He took my bags to go to his cab but then walked in to my hotel to my surprise. He suddenly got nervous and asked how much I had in cash. I was okay with it, as he carried my bags and knew where the hotel was. People around were just smiling, cuz everyone knew that it was a scam. Managed to give back the bracelet and go my way, but the evening was messed up.

Taxi scam is everywhere. No matter you are a tourist or not if you take a taxi from the airport — be ready to pay a rip off price. Another thing to look out for is the prices in the restaurants. Most of the time the prices are the same as they are on the menu, but instead of 2 beers you have ordered, they entered 4.

So always double check your receipt. Plus do not go to the tourist ready restaurants — they charge you x times the prices just because you are a tourist. My buddy and I had been approached — or propositioned — by at least three women in the same bar on our first night! I have also fallen victim to the popular cabbie scam where they take you on a longer route than necessary in Montreal and Paris. Almost had another cabbie nearly scam earlier this year in Fort Worth when he tried taking me on the freeway to Dallas instead of my hotel, which was only about 10 — 15 minutes away.

I yelled at the guy for trying to scam me and just walked out before he got onto the on ramp. Be careful, because the church itself is beutiful and the view is spectacular. Definitely still worth it just be weary! Really useful article. I ignore it and keep walking but this guy starts mumbling and hands me a bunch of tissues. I thought he was being helpful so I put down my big backpack and stupidly hand him my small daypack which I had in front of me his hand was outstretched , thinking he was going to mind it for me.

Obviously while I was distracted with cleaning my other bag, he ran off with my daypack. Thankfully I had already left my passport at the hostel but I had my credit card and cash in the stolen bag. The van was meant to drop us off at our accommodation. I thought it was weird that some local Vietnamese climbed into the van as well they looked like touts. They dropped me off at the wrong hostel and insisted that it was the right one. This wrong hostel wanted to charge me more than USD1 for a local call but I refused.

Thankfully my actual hostel was walking distance from where I was and still managed to find it even though I had no idea of the area and it was late at night. I say I live in Dubai and he says he used to work there. He offers to take me to the shop and hails a tuk-tuk which we both ride on. She and her friend were watching some entertainers and there was a large crowd. They then found out that both their bags got slashed and their wallets taken. A local guy then approached them feigning concern and even took them to a bar and he paid for their drinks. My friend said afterwards she had a feeling that maybe he was part of the scam.

In Madrid, I found it to be relatively scam-free but I did encounter a guy trying to give small tissue packs for money and he was very aggressive about it. Also, it is commonplace there for people to ask you for a cigarette if they see you smoking. Most people just genuinely want a smoke, but one man got kind of weird touchy-feely with me and I think he was trying to pick my pockets.

I immediately checked for all my important belongings. Luckily I had everything on lockdown. I felt pretty lucky and also dumb afterwards. Just experienced the Tannery Scam in Marrakech a few days ago. Have also heard that this happens throughout Morocco. After about 10 minutes of wandering, we started to catch on. Once he led us to the entrance to the tannery, a man immediately came up and offered to take us on a tour of the tannery, which we declined.

Here in Goa and just last month I got sucked in. Id been interested in and wanted to potentially purchase some Ayurvedic remedies. They did look nice though! But once all in one pot for me it just looked like dirt! It was supposedly four months worth and id feel worse before I felt superhuman? My partner came back and his eyes were very strange-they kept rolling for some weird reason. I ended up giving? We now have to scooter the long way round to the barbers now!! One day I walked on the street and a nice polite girl came to me, first just to talk with me.

Not flirting exactly, but talking about our countries, our cultures and traditions. So I followed her and she took me to a small hidden teahouse somewhere behind the main crowded streets. When it finished, the bill was around yuan, which was almost USD. I was very happy to joke with them and finally to tell them bye bye. If we could only reduce the travel scams to 14 the world would be awesome. Thanks for the post! I was in Paris a Long time s go, for a few dsys. I was walking to the Eiffel Tower, when a middle aged woman asked me, if I would like her to take my picture.

I was hesitant at 1st. So as soon as she did, she of course asked me for money. Never again!! While on an extended holiday in Spain and Portugal years ago with my daughter and her three and a half year old son and two year old daughter we had no problems with scam artists. I think it was because of how un-touristy and ordinary we looked. Just a grandma out for a stroll with her daughter and grandchildren.

I know enough Spanish and Portuguese to get by The children attracted a lot of attention guapo, guapo! Even when it was obvious that we could use some direction, people were kind and helpful. Political Incorrectness Alert: We are also not overweight with fat rolls hanging over our waist bands. Sorry for the bluntness, folks, but this is an epidemic in the US of A! Twice in Paris. Politely declined, but one of them shoved me when I resisted the temptation to pitch the ring into the Seine and threw it on the ground instead.

The instant I began to respond in rapid French, the young lady turned abruptly away and sought another victim. Rainy night in Rome. Mostly, though, in spite of all the dire warnings, my travels have been a delightful introduction to other peoples, traditions and languages. Most people are friendly and eager to help a stranger who is polite and respects their culture.

My spidey senses went off and told him no I was not interested and we quickly left the area. Walking across the bridge to the Eiffel Tower later on that day, a girl does the same thing to us. We said we speak English and she flips over the cardboard sign to show English writing explaining that she needed funds to send to her family.

We had just gotten off the flight and were exhausted so of course we looked like great targets. A gentleman saw what was happening and came over and told the lady to leave us alone, and kindly took us to our Hotel a few shops away. We were grateful to this man. This was just one day in Paris! Downtown Vancouver a good looking young man can running up to us all out of breathe and saying that his passport and wallet had just been stolen.

We wished him a good day and left. They will quickly drop the issue and move on. I have the Embassy number saved in my phone, just in case! I was nervous because the company had warned me about all of the scammers at the airport and I was a bit overwhelmed. I decided to approach one of these guys they warned me about and I offered him just a few dollars to allow me to use his phone.

He then stayed with me while I waited 30 minutes! For me, just 5 USD bought me peace of mind and the ability to contact my driver and employer — and this was definitely worth the price! Right before the doors closed, someone on the platform used a long pole with a hooked end to scoop her bag out and onto the platform. I work in the hospitality industry, and I see scams even here in the USA! Taxis picking up tourists at the airport, driving them all over town, and charging a fortune for a short trip is common here. Tourists scams in Bangkok are the most common ones.

The one I encountered first hand is the Jet Ski scam. My friend loves water skiing. So he hired a jet ski for an hour. When he returned it, the dealer asked him to pay for a minor damage almost invisible to the naked eye. There was a cop nearby conveniently who saw us arguing and decided to intervene. No one wants to get into such a mess on a vacation. We still got thugged! I definitely fell for the over priced taxi cabs in Thailand. It worked for me most of times. Last year when I was in Milan for a school trip , me and my friends were walking in the gallery vittorio emanuele near the catholic church when a stranger aproached us and started talking with us while at the same time he tied bracelets in our wrist saying that it was free.

The thing was that he was dressed in a costume and looked wealthy. He then of course procceded into demanding money from us but we managed to walk away. I hadnt heard anything about this bracelet scam before but I am pretty sure that i am not going to fall for it in the future. Re 8: Polish cities are well known for this, but it can be organised crime with the club, bar staff and police all involved. A young male family member and a female friend on an tour were drugged, probably rohypnol, taken to a back room, forced to open their online banking apps, transfer money to their travel cards and then handover their travel cards for the withdrawal of cash from handily located atms in that room.

Kindly, the thieves put them in a taxi back to their hotel. Pretty horrifying, especially when it turned out the girl had a broken wrist and has no idea how it happened. I never understand how anyone falls for it but you always see tourists going for it. We knew what we were doing and never fell for it but we saw others take it in. I just find it infuriating being lied to, even when we called them out they stuck to their guns! Hi Matt.

I got scammed twice in Shanghai in one week. One time similar to tea scam you described. Girls approaching me so excited to talk English taking me to ancient Chinese tea ceremony and having to pay an exorbitant bill. Another one meeting a girl from Tantan Chinese dating app and taking me to a bar and having to pay a big bill. Tea and alcohol just dont cost that much. Anyways, now I am aware. Wow so many of these resonate for me in Europe and Asia unfortunately.

Additionally, came across the usual attempts at 5 bracelet scams in Rome guy approaches your group and gives handshake or fist bump and tries to tie bracelet to wrist. I was robbed in Rome at the train station near the pyramid. Sat reading a map and on my own making it ridiculously obvious I was a tourist Doh! Scammer 1 approached me from behind asking for directions.

Because I was turning around to help him his accomplice was able to come to the front of me and take my bag which I had stupidly placed between my knees. He was long gone by the time scammer 1 was thanking me and went quickly on his way. In all it was no more than a minute! Asking where we were from, how were we enjoying the trip small talk. Asked us to come and visit his souvenir shop that he said was run by him and his dad.

Insisted we buy it finally haggled a price and left flustered. We just came back from Paris. At the Louvre Museum metro station a young girl about years old blocked me from getting into the train while my husband was inside the train. The door was going to close, without choice I step back but her bag got stock in the inside door it is a double door train so the train could not leave. My husband and her friend helped opening the inside door to lose her bag. When the inside door got opened the outside door automatically opened too.

Immediately she got off the train and I tried to get on the train. One of her friend about the same age tried to block me but I had already inside the train so she let it go because the door was going to close very soon. All three of them off the train. I sat down and wondering whether they have mental problem because they tried to separate a couple getting in the same train.

Someone from outside told my husband something dropped on the floor, my husband picked it up, it is his sunglass. My husband suspected it was the family sat beside him stole it because his wallet was deep inside the pocket of the pants, only when he sat down withou move for a while then it could be stolen. After we sat down rest, the beautiful mother stood up in front of my husband and posted several minutes to let someone from her family to take picture of her and my husband really enjoy it.

In Thessaloniki, Greece these scams are off the chain common. There are people at the white tower who will try to put a bracelet on your wrist and tie it so you cant take it off and then you have to pay. I also had a women walk up to me and my friend at our table while we were out for coffee, and she put a rose in my hand, before I had the chance to fully grasp the rose, my friend snatched it out of my hand and gave it back to the girl and yelled at her leave.

Anytime you are out at dinner, coffee, or even just walking in the city, people will walk up to you to try to sell you something whether it is tissues, watches, purses, hats, even lottery tickets. I was out for dinner with my aunt once and this older lady came over and tried to sell the lottery tickets to her, she was so forceful, she put the lottery tickets on my aunts chest, held them, there and rubbed them in circles, on her chest!!

This is pretty invasive in my opinion. A friend I was traveling with in Italy was approached by a woman who claimed she needed directions from us obvious tourists! My friend caught on and snatched it back before the thief could get away. By posting a comment, you agree to our community friendly, anti-spam comment policy that can be found here.

source url When I started traveling, I fell for them too. On my first big non-tour trip, I got scammed twice on the same day. We had been scammed. So, today, I want to give you a list of travel scams to avoid. Here are some of the more universal ones to avoid: 1. The taxi overcharge This is one of the most common travel scams out there. And never get in an unlicensed cab — no matter how amazing the deal is!

Remember, the house always wins! The spill on your clothes There you are, minding your own business, and someone spills something on you. The flirtatious woman You arrive in a new country and head to a bar, where a beautiful local comes up to you for a chat. Your attraction is closed for lunch As mentioned, this is what happened to me and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker! The wrong change This happens a lot in countries where the bills look similar to each other. To avoid getting taken, count your change carefully every time. The switcheroo This happens all over the world and mostly with shirts, carpets, rugs, and antiques.

On the road, a little common sense goes a long way. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are: World Nomads for everyone below 70 Insure My Trip for those over 70 Looking for the best companies to save money with? There are Comments. Re the Wrong Change: I find that they will try and convince you that you gave them X denomination instead of the Y that you know you gave. I had the same problem in a taxi in Hurghada, two times, but the second time I was not fooled. On the taxi- most places now support uber or grab taxi. Luckily we had read about all of these in advanced and avoided them all!

Great article, as always! Thanks so much for the tips! Thanks for the list Matt! Thank you for this guide on how to avoid scams. Keep up the good work. These are the worst, but also amazing learning moments. Thanks for sharing Matt! How do you reconcile making friends with locals and not being naive about potential scams? Rebecca x. Great article, Matt! Most of these have not happened to me, but friends and family. New Orleans, LA Some random guy walked up to me and my boyfriend claiming her knew where we got our shoes from. Safe travels!

Thanks for the post was very helpful.