"Airport Porters" Sri Lanka Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Vaughany

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Be prepared for scams as soon as you step off the plane at Colombo airport. It's a long flight and the heat and humidity can dull the brain a little. The arrivals exit at Colombo airport has Sri Lankan men working as porters lying in wait for you. They will be wearing a yellow vest which signifies they are licenced to work there as a porter and it displays their rate. Their rates are all the same - the last I saw it was about 30 Rupees per bag. However, none are paid a wage, they survive on their portering charges and any additional tips. Consequently, competition to carry your suitcase will be fierce and they will take it before you realize what's going on. Then, of course, you don't have R30 which will consist of coins. The porter will probably ask you for English money instead and then complain that he has no way of changing up a pound coin so can you give him a note please. If you do not want to have to pay a porter at all you'll need to be quick on your feet and have a firm grasp on your bags and/or trolley. If you do get portered, you can give him English coins which they pool together when they have 10 worth and change up. Don't fall for a hard luck story, they're all scammers.

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  • Updated May 23, 2006
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