Tuesday, May 26, 2009

[complain complain] try these

Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents compiled a list of the bizarre complaints, including one where a holidaymaker said he felt inadequate after seeing an aroused elephant, which in turn ruined his honeymoon.

It seems many British travellers aren’t used to beaches, with a tourist complaining that “the beach was too sandy” and another upset when they discovered fish swimming in the sea.

"No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled," the tourist said.

It seems some travellers also have a lot to learn about nature.

"I was bitten by a mosquito – no-one said they could bite," a holidaymaker complained.

In another complaint a British guest at a Novotel hotel in Australia said his soup was too thick and strong, not realising he had been supping from the gravy boat.

In an even stranger twist, one traveller blamed a hotel for her pregnancy.

"My fiancĂ© and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant,” the guest said.

“This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

Other complaints included “there are too many Spanish people in Spain” and “too much curry served in restaurants in India”.

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James Barlow said...

"a holidaymaker said he felt inadequate after seeing an aroused elephant, which in turn ruined his honeymoon."

I suppose it would depend where he saw the elephant. If it was at the end of the bed with a mad gleam in its eye, I would say he had compelling grounds for seeking a refund.

CherryPie said...

How I hate the litigation society!!!

jams o donnell said...

Hmm never underestimate the stupidy of our species!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

The "too many Spanish people in Spain" complaint reminds me of a school trip I organised to France. At our first stop on the French side, several kids were heard to exclaim, "They're all speaking French!" [I think they thought it was a language I had invented to make their lives a misery.]

Ross said...

""No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled," the tourist said. ".

That's brilliant, I mean how could you even begin to answer such a complaint?

His Girl Friday said...

Well, as I work with the general public, really, nothing surprises me anymore. I always liked the comment, ' I thought it was just bad indigestion/stomach flu, I didn't know I was pregnant....' (as she's about to deliver...)

I bet the children would have been more startled by the amorous elephant...now there's some explaining for mummy...

J, was going to get back to you on your Egypt/math posts...my friend made a documentary on the hypothesis that the Egyptians used wind energy and kites to move stones, called 'Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones'. It's aired on the History Channel.
I've mentioned it here in blogland:


Martin said...

If Jansenism is a scourge of spirituality, Rantzenism is a scourge of materialism.

And now, having grossly inflated consumers' expectations of what they are entitled to get for their money, let's go over to an old blind man sitting in a soft chair, who'll tell us a mildly blue joke...

Anonymous said...

James, have you read this? You should!His Girl...

Many hypotheses.
All wrong.
Because based on our concepts of technology

James Higham said...

James - :)

Cherie - yes.

Jams - I'm one of 'em.

Welshcakes - nice.

Ross - I liked that too.

HGF - ah, now that's interesting. I'll follow that up.

Rantzen, yes, I'd forgotten about her.

Anon - cheers, I'll post this comment then look.

James Higham said...

Just looked - that's going to take some reading.

Liz said...

Oh good grief!