Completely ridiculous moments in far away places, part 2

My cousin recently told me a completely ridiculous travel story. He was on vacation and saw a guy selling barbequed corn on the street side. He thought that was pretty neat. Until the guy turned to his side. He then proceeded to wash his feet in a bucket…the same bucket he had just washed the corn in. This reminded of some additional completely ridiculous moments I had experienced in far away places while travelling.

I was at a fast food stand once and was waiting to pay for my food. When it was finally my turn to pay, I gave my money to the cook/cashier. There was no cash register. There was a money basket though. Trouble is, the money basket was also the bread basket. So the change and the bread were all mixed together. I didn’t ask for change that day. Or bread, for that matter…

Another time, I was waiting in line for a few beers. Two tourists ahead of me wanted to pay for a few beers. The guy behind the counter says, for example, “6 euros.” The tourists, puzzled, look at the menu, which states that beers are 2 euros each. They state this to the guy behind the counter. He responds with “You pay for the deposit.” Seemed like a reasonable response to the tourists, who shrug and proceed to pay 6 euros for 2 beers.  I know that the deposit line is complete horse crap. I’m next, so when I attempt to purchase 2 beers, the guy behind the counter says “6 euros”. When I raise my voice and question the price, the counter guy backs down and sheepishly says “Ok..for you, 4 euros…”.  Nice. Making up prices as we go along…. never heard of that one before.

And finally, I was in a tropical country once where you could go on a tour and climb a volcano.  One of the options was to ride a horse up the side of the volcano. When I asked the lady who was providing the horses for ‘rental’ how much it would cost, she said $17. So I give her a $20, ans wait for my change. When I ask her again, she pretends she doesn’t speak the language any more. When I ask several times, and begin to raise my voice, she first claims she doesn’t have any change. When she realises I’m not going away until I get my change, she rolls her eyes and proceeds to pull out a huge wad of cash and gives me my three dollars in change. Nice. Very nice.

Have any completely ridiculous travel stories of your own? Let us know in the comments!

Petey

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