Be Wary of Costumed Characters
If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, then you know I was recently in Europe with my dad. Our last stop was Rome and our hotel, Palazzo Manfredi, was right next to the Colosseum. Out front were three Italian guys dressed as Roman soldiers and of course my dad wanted to get a picture with them—so I asked them how much that would be. “Don’t worry about it,” they told me, but I said I’d do it for one Euro, and he quickly put my dad in between his friends.
One soldier then said, “Give me your camera and I will take a picture of all of you.” I was smart enough to not fall for that trick and just took the photo myself but afterwards, when I handed him the Euro, he said, “One Euro? It’s 10 Euros!” I told him I didn’t have it and after they complained that they couldn’t even get a cup of coffee, I gave them two more.
I posted the picture (above) on my Facebook page noting how these guys shook us down for more money and one friend said she’d gotten taken for 20 Euros! The scheme is the same in tourist places all across the world, so if you are tempted to take a photo with costumed people, be wary. Ask for the price before the photo is taken, don’t give them your camera/phone so they can’t make it more difficult to get money out of you, and always have small bills because they won’t give you change.
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