""Do you speak English?"" Beggars & Aggressive Vendors Tip by worldglobetrotter

Beggars & Aggressive Vendors, Paris: 116 reviews and 58 photos

A scam I encountered in Paris was outside of the Notre Dame Cathedral, among other popular sites in Paris. We were approached by young women asking if we speak English. They would rush up to us as if they were in trouble and desperately needing the help of a fellow American/Englishman. Of course, your instinct is to come to their rescue. Then, they would give their spiel about being robbed, etc., and needed some money. Other times, they handed us a paper with a message in about 10 languages and pointed to the English one. Generally, it was a sob-story and asking for money...Their Bosnian family is in dire need of assistance...dad lost his job, brother needs a brain transplant, dog has a wooden leg--you get the idea. Don't be taken in. A person in need would be going to the police, not other tourists! If they keep pushing something in your hand/face and won't take it back until you respond, then respond by dropping it on the ground and walking away!

Be careful when someone asks if you speak English. And watch your belongings!

Address: Paris

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 21, 2006
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