Written by lisamcgu on 10 Feb, 2001
When I was coming out of a little store in Trim, lying in wait was a teenage girl who approached me trying to bum money. She was perfectly healthy and fit and I told her politely, "no." She then began to whine a…Read More
When I was coming out of a little store in Trim, lying in wait was a teenage girl who approached me trying to bum money. She was perfectly healthy and fit and I told her politely, "no." She then began to whine a little and try to work me harder. What nerve, I couldn't believe it! I had to say, in my most authoritative, loud voice, "I said No!" I was really miffed I had to put up with this, being forced to be a see-you-Next-Tuesday on vacation.
I had to go to another store to get a phone card for my cell phone (see my journal, General Tips for Ireland, Buying a Cell Phone entry). As I was coming out, I saw one of the girl's cohorts trying to get money from a motorcyclist who was at an ATM. Meanwhile, his woman companion, who was halfway down the block watching their motorcycles, had "my" bum standing next to her, while she called out to the man, waving her arms and shaking her head no.
If only all tourists would be like this woman and me. If they wouldn't give money to these roving bums, infecting tourist towns wherever they go, then maybe they would stop their annoying, pathetic behavior.
They go by different names (Tinkers, Travelers, Gypsies), but it's all the same, a name to associate with those who bring your beautiful vacation down a notch.