For me, there were people pretending to be “customer service.” They stood outside the TrenItalia booth and answered questions.
Rome’s Termine is pretty huge. I needed to know which platform to go to. I approached the booth and a “helper” came over. Not fishy yet- this is a legit practice in NYC.
The helper takes me and my party to the platform (binario.) It was all the way across the station and a huge help.
I have the guy 3€ (like $5). He told me he wanted at least 20€ per person. Immediately, I knew something was up. I told the guy the money was a courtesy – not a fee.
He was menacing – and refused to leave us. He would say things like, “I know where you’re going.” Finally, Carabinieri made their way to our platform and he ran away.
I later found out it is a major problem there.
TL;DR- Don’t accept unsolicited help at the train stations. Wait for a proper “in the booth” agent. [_TheConsumer_]
5. Old People Asking You to “Fook Off”
The sheer number of elderly people on scooters telling me to “get out the fookin way!” in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. [FyllingenOy]
6. Aggressive Stray Dogs in Peru
There’s a lot of stray dogs in Peru. I’ve heard that stray dogs are kind of the norm in Latin American countries, and most of the ones I encountered didn’t want anything to do with anyone passing by. However, there was one stray that I passed frequently while walking to a project I was working at and he was extremely aggressive, to the point that I started carrying rocks in my bag in case he chased me. He would follow me for blocks, remaining hidden in a yard until I passed by. He’d bare his teeth and growl, he also slobbered a lot. I didn’t think it was rabies, but I’m also not 100% convinced it’s not rabies. [honeynut-queerios]
7. Dog Carcasses in Guatemala
I lived in various parts of Guatemala for a few years and it was the same there. Once in a while the police would set aside a certain day or days to cull the problem because they couldnt deal with the sheer number of dogs out there. They’d make an announcement to keep your dogs indoors and then roll up on all the strays and shoot them. I walked by a police truck once with a bed filled with dog carcasses and swarming with flies. That wasnt even the worst thing I saw in Guatemala by a long shot. [purpleshirted]