I’m here at the Kochi fishing nets. And I’ve read a lot online about a tourist trap that the fishermen are running from these Chinese fishing nets. So let’s go and see what they’re out doing. How you can avoid this. What’s that? You’re inviting me on. Is it okay? Karl: New Zealand.
Joseph: You’re name?
Karl: Karl Oh, yeah. Yeah Karl: Are you a tour guide? You sound like a tour guide. Ok, thank you. This was very interesting. I’m gonna go now. Yes, I’m gonna go stand on the beach and watch. Thank you so much for showing me these nets. Joseph: Ok you be happy and gift here my family. God bless you. Ehh? Joseph: Asking for donation. Karl: Oh, you wanna donation.
Joseph: To family to children for poor fishermen. Karl: But you were calling me from here you were saying come so I thought Joseph: All here very problem this one no fishing.
Karl: No because you were calling me. So I thought you were being friendly like you wanted to just show me a quickly. That’s what. Joseph: You happy you and gift here. I said, okay Karl: I understand, thank you so much. Thank you, thank you
Joseph: My name is Joseph
Karl: Thank You Joseph Karl: Hundred, hundred rupees is good, man. Karl: No No, no more gifts I gave you a hundred.
Joseph: Give me pen
Karl: it’s good money. I don’t have a pen I don’t have a pen. Okay now.
Joseph: I love you India. I love it India. Karl: Thank you. Thank you Bye So we just met our friend, Joseph over here at the nets and they call out your name when you’re walking on the boulevard. And they say come come and check out our fishing nets, so you think oh wow! It’s a friendly local a friendly fisherman who just wants to show me his net but that’s not the reality here in India and whenever someone’s calling you a friend here, it’s usually because they want to make some money from you. And that’s the really sad thing. So, after he show you the fishing nets, he starts asking for a donation and he presses you more and more to give a pen or something. So yeah, there’s always a catch here in India and that’s the sad thing because it makes us foreigners not trust locals at all because we think that local Indians just want something from us if they’re approaching us in the street and just chatting to us and you know. If they’re meeting you in Connaught Place or these touristy areas, the chances are that they do just want something from you. They shouldn’t be doing this. This is a trap, this is a tourist trap. They’re trapping you in with this friendly local fake persona and then asking for donation at the end. Yeah, if you wonder why a foreigner isn’t, you know interested in meeting you on the street if you walk up to them if you’re an Indian. It’s probably because someone has racked that experience for them by asking them for donation or for money or pressurizing them into something. It’s not uncommon for us foreigner to face this here. So guys, please be careful when you’re here in Kochi and you’re near these fishing nets. Know what you’re getting yourself. And they are gonna ask you for money and maybe you want to pay them right and get a tour of the fishing net. That’s cool. But you should know you’re gonna have to pay before you get onto those fishing nets. And actually I got off lightly. If you don’t pay them, They will take your phone if you been taking photos. They won’t give it back until you pay them. These are other stories. I’ve heard from tourists here. They will get money from you somehow. Actually, I felt, I felt bad for Joseph. So I did give him money. I wasn’t planning to, but that’s all part of the plan for them as well. Sell a, sell a sob story to you. If you wanna travel safely and comfortably, here in incredible India go to Indiasurvivaluigde.com and get my quick start safety guide. Long live India