It has been quite some time since I've had a really stupid tourist comment. They seem to ask more sensible questions in Rome as opposed to Taormina, but then perhaps that is because I speak to them less as they tend to be here for 2 nights rather then 14.
The other day a customer called from one of the posh 5 star hotels and asked me some questions about where to get a taxi from after the tennis. I had no idea really, but thankfully I am quite good at sounding like I know what I am talking about! He ended the conversation by saying:
"I have 2 tickets for the ladies finals that I bought on the black market and I won't be using them. I thought it was like Wimbledon where the ladies final is on the same day as the mens, but it is next week and we won't be here."
I thought he was going to offer me the tickets, as that is what it sounded like, so I just said "Ok..." waiting for him to ask me.
"I bought the tickets on the black market for £300."
I don't know why he referred to it as the black market, maybe he thought he sounded daring? "OK"
"I was wondering..."
Here we go - I thought
"I was wondering if you would like to buy them?"
I was a little taken back. Had he really just asked me to buy £300 tickets for the tennis from him?
"Well do you know anyone who would like to buy them."
The nerve! A customer, staying in one of our upmarket 5 star hotels asks ME if I would like to buy £300 worth of tennis tickets! Che ridicolo.