Friday, December 26, 2008

Naivee Travelers!

Do you think this man is honest and to be trusted or not?
Last year this time, we were getting ready to go to Italy. One night my husband and I and my friend Karen went around the corner late at night to have some Italian deserts. The Italian man in my picture was so nice and friendly. We paid with our debit card. He handed me the thing to punch in a code...I thought he wanted the pin number! Turned out, it was for the tip! And our pin number starts with 50 something! This meant we were giving him a tip of over $75.00 in American dollars!

Turned out he was honest, and even though he couldn't speak any English he voided the sale and communicated to us what had happened. Somehow I managed to communicate to him that we would tip with cash!
Moral of the story-if you travel overseas, try to learn to speak a little of their language! And use a credit card instead of a debit card! LOL

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24 comments:

Darlene said...

Morning Diane,

Good thing he WAS honest! It would make me nervous to travel where I couldn't understand the language....I know I am probably weird but I would always be worried....lol

Deborah said...

We want to go to Italy, so thanks for the 'tip'...(smile, that was a pun). I've never heard of this practice! I'm glad you discovered what had happened! I'll bet you all had a ball travelling together. Great photo! Thank you for emailing me...I don't know why I didn't get you first one. I have added you.

Hugs,
Deborah

Smilingsal said...

Good suggestion. When we went to Europe, we took traveler's checks and one credit card. I'm glad to learn that Italy has an honest waiter. lol

Joy said...

All's well that ends well!

Bella Casa said...

lol, that's a cute story :) Ciao, bella! ;)

Teresa Porter said...

Oh my gosh! That is so funny.. I love your story! And you are SO right... I went to Vienna a few years ago, I asked the bartender for directions to the ladies room, and she sent me into the 'MENS ROOM' !! When I returned, the whole place was laughing!! and so was I!

Merry Christmas!
Teresa

Angel said...

That is definitely a good tip. It is so refreshing to come across honest people. :-) Those desserts look delicious!

Tootsie said...

what a lucky break that he was honest! I hope you had a merry Christmas

bloggin' Chrystal said...

Thanks for the tip!

Montee said...

No, to tell you the truth, he does not look honest. He looks a little sly to me. Looks are deceiving sometimes. Thanks for the tip!

Claudie said...

Actually I thought he looked a little suspicious, I was wrong. He's just a good looking Italian man lol
Good for you for finding an honest man. That would have been a great tip! I hope the food was fabulous.
Have a great Boxing Day Diane...going shopping???
Love
Claudie from Canada
xo

Bo said...

Hi Diane..You dodged a bullet that time! What a relief he was honst.
;-) Bo

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! Oh, I love Italy! You really do have to be careful when traveling abroad and I'm glad he was an honest man too!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

nikkicrumpet said...

It's a good thing he was honest!!! And kinda cute too lol

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Can't judge a book by its cover, can we? Good to know that there is human kindness left in the world! Great story. Great photos.

Malisa

Alex said...

Hee Hee...thanks for the tip! Some day, I will travel to Ireland. :)

Ramona said...

Great story...happy ending and restores my faith in humanity...Amen. Merry Christmas blogging friend....here's to a great new year.

Smiles ~ Ramona

beth at aunties said...

I am sure glad he was honest! YIKES! Our son lived in the Rome area for several years and found the Italians to be quite wonderful people.

Melissa Wertz said...

Very nice guy!

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful and Merry Christmas!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Diane! I'm glad this story had a happy ending! There are nice people everywhere, and I'm glad he was one of them! :-)

XO,

Sheila

KATHERINELLEN said...

Diane,
Thank you for stopping by and sweet comment....Love that song...Christmas Morning...It's beatuiful.....Hope you had a blessing Christmas.... That was great he took it off....That a lots of money for tips...my goodness..

Happy To Be said...

Good Evening Diane..thanks for the tip..you look just darling here girl..hugs and smiles Gloria

Rambling Girl said...

Wow...glad to know he didn't take advantage...some people do that to others when your overseas.

Love the pic!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

That would never happen in NY. He'd pocketh 50 and have a party, compliments of Diane. :-)

(I shouldn't be such Debbie Downer...I am sure there are plenty of fine, honest people in my fine city. Right?!)