Tourists’ “Divorces” in Egypt – Common Cheats
The desire of the Egyptians to “feast on” the contents of the wallets of tourists is huge. Perhaps, in this indicator, Egypt is ahead of all tourist countries. At the same time, the Egyptians are not very choosy in the choice of methods, and often use technologies that are very questionable from a moral point of view. We will talk about the most common cases of “divorce.” The first divorce is beach towels. In most beach hotels, tourists are given special cards upon check-in. On these cards, tourists receive beach towels. In terms of living, it is clearly stated that tourists must hand over all cards at the end of their stay, and a fine is imposed for the loss of cards or towels. The fines are large – from 10 to 30 dollars, which in no way matches the quality of the towels, which can often be called “floor rags”.
Naturally, the situation of losing your towels is very beneficial for the hotel, since it sells a used towel worth $ 2 for $ 20. Tourists often leave the pool or the sea and find that there are no towels. Of course, someone could take your towel by mistake, because they are all the same in appearance. But there are hotels where a special person from the staff walks around the territory and collects towels that seemed to him orphaned. In this way, the hotel makes money on tourists, albeit in a dishonest manner. Findings. We recommend taking beach towels with you, and such that they can not be confused with hotel in any way. Hide the cards in a safe so that the cleaner does not accidentally pick them up. By the way, theft of cards by the janitor is another subspecies of this “divorce”.
The second divorce is a paid minibar. You go to the hotel according to the “all inclusive” system and logically believe that all cold drinks and alcoholic drinks of local production are included in the price for you. You arrive at the hotel, you are tired, and you see a bottle of Stela or Sakkara cold beer in the room refrigerator. You know for sure that this is a local beer, and it should be included in “all inclusive”. The cleaner carefully adds new bottles to you in return for the drunk, and life seems wonderful, since you don’t even have to go to the bar. Rest was a success! You are billed upon check out. It turns out that all the contents of the minibar are paid. But the essence of the “divorce” is not in the fact of a paid minibar, but in the price of its contents. For a bottle of Egyptian beer they ask about $ 5, which does not match its quality. Unfortunately, in Egypt there are no laws that define the concept of “all inclusive”. Since there is no law or standard, then each hotel determines a set of “all inclusive” services on its own. Output. Always ask in advance whether the service is included in “all inclusive” or not. And this applies not only to the minibar, but to all services in general. The third divorce – transferring things to a secluded corner of the room Theft of things from hotel rooms is a separate topic for conversation. For Egypt, this is a very serious problem. Now we will talk about a slightly different form of theft. All hotel employees understand that theft is a criminal offense, and there are always chances to be caught. Therefore, they invent more ingenious schemes for taking valuable things from tourists. A cleaner is included in your room on the day you leave the hotel. He enters the premises under the pretext of cleaning, and you cannot accuse him of anything. Of course, he will not steal anything. Do you know such a comic rhyme – “fight and seek, find and hide”? This is just the case. He really searches for valuable things and hides them anew, but so that you do not find them. As a result, you already need to hand over the number, and your expensive video camera has disappeared somewhere. You frantically remember where you could leave her. But time is gone, and you leave without her. It’s a shame of course, but the plane will not wait for you. A satisfied cleaner waits for your departure, enters the room and picks up the thing, because he knows where he hid it. In this way, they steal things without risking being caught “by the hand”. And even
if caught, he will simply say that he found the thing by chance during the preparation of the room for the next guests.
Output. Check the room thoroughly before leaving. Search all shelves, even if you have not used them. Look under the bed and behind it. Pay special attention to shelves that are high, objects on them may not always be visible. Check behind the curtains and under the bed mattress. And look behind the mirrors and paintings, they like to hide money and cards for towels. If the room has a refrigerator, and it is installed in the niche of a cabinet or bedside table, be sure to look behind this refrigerator. Turn out the bedding or feel it.