With the Brexit, the people of Britain were just conned by bald-faced lies into voting for something that their children generally didn’t want…but are now stuck with. The stakes are really high. If you’re mad, there are people primed to stroke your political temper. But elections have consequences, and protest votes can come back and bite you.
Speaking of cons and flim-flam risks, travelers still need to be mindful of these, too. What cons have you encountered and learned from lately that you can warn us about? Here are a few foisted off on me this year.
Shell games (brought to you by Russian thugs on the road) try to lure in all of the bus tour groups as they climb up to Montmartre in Paris. Seeing this timeless con attract plenty of new marks, it’s clear that even today, there’s a sucker born every minute.
Roaming street girls double-team unwary tourists. Too young to arrest, but old enough to confuse, grab, and run, they go where you do in cities like Paris.
Beware of anyone who approaches you to sign some charity form. It’s just a way to slip their foot into your heart, and from there, to find a way into your wallet. This can happen anywhere tourists gather — such as here, at the top of the Champs Elysees.
In Bulgaria, people learn about the Republican candidate for president of the USA in a book titled Donald Trump: I Want It All.