LE LIVINGSTONE:: "AGGRESSIVE AND RUDE- COTONOU, BENIN" Top 5 Page for this destination Africa Restaurant Tip by DAO
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I had read about this place as being an ex-pat heaven in the middle of an ex-pat area and decided I would go for a beer and maybe eat here. I wish I had not. I pulled up on my motorcycle taxi to see a packed outside terrace at the front. I made my way inside for a beer and a seat. After a long period of trying 3 different ladies to order a beer- I sat down with my nice Flag beer. That's when it all went wrong. I snapped 2 pictures of the bar and then one of my beer in front of a little gnome character in a funny uniform.
"What are you doing!?"
"Why are you taking pictures!?"
I never want to see a man that big and that angry ever come running at me in any situation for the rest of my life. I honestly thought he might do me or my camera (or both) harm. I made the mistake of being shocked and silent and this seem to make the big man more angry. It took me a few seconds to even connect him with the restaurant. When I tried to explain he let his facial expressions know I was very unwelcome. He watched me until I finished my beer and left.
I find it hard to believe that no one ever celebrated a birthday or had a night out in this place with a flash camera before. I have been treated better by armed guards after taking an accidental picture of a Presidential Palace before.
This was the only aggression I ever had in Benin. All the other businesses I went into were very nice. Some even posed with my VT flag.
So if you are a Tourist - please find somewhere else. Its shocking that any establishment serving customers would become angry because a customer took a photo of the beer they just paid for.
I didn't even get a menu!
Address: Haie Vive, Cotonou, Benin
Comparison: more expensive than average
Haie Vive is both an area and a short road. All the motorcycle taxis seem to know it.
Phone: 21 30 27 58
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