Many touristy cities have scams that target travelers. Do you think hostel front desks should warn guests about common scams in the city, or just not mention them at all because it might needlessly scare the guests and most people don't fall for the scams anyway.
At a busy city hostel it would take the front desk staff too long to explain all the various dangers. However, I do consider it a duty of the hostel to give a warning to guests. This can be done with a prominent notice on the wall in reception.
I guess some news board with some brief description of the scams would be very nice. The guests can them ask further at reception.
I say that because I have seen way too many people fall for scams when I was traveling. Be it the gem scam back in India, or the taxi drivers giving change in fake money in Argentina. Luckily I had read about those scams online and I was prepared to escape them.
This one is easy,
I am in Bangkok. Scams... lol everywhere, wanna buy some gemstones? Taxi does not want to use meter? I inform and have posted on my info wall Many things to be aware of here. It does not scare anyone in fact they are thankful that they have been warned. There are people who miss this advice and it cost them ( worse known example 2 welsh boys 1500UK$ on gem scam, 1 month it took but I got them 80% back. They love me.)
Giving advice about your area is what you should be doing, Things to see , things to be aware of. I don't expect this from Hotels.. But from a Hostel .. It's another one of the differences between the two.
At HelloBCN in Barcelona they have a binder of general information at the reception that includes a section on common scams in the city. If a guest gets scammed they ask them to add the details to the book so other guests can avoid the same situation. I really like the idea. Plus it makes for fun reading when guests are sitting safely in your common room. Also, since the binder has lots of other general info it doesn’t seem as scary as a poster on the wall warning you to Watch Out.
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