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    Posted: 10 Sep 2013 at 11:21pm
Just letting everyone aware not to buy off any street seller in Kassiopi. My friend and myself have just had a significant amount of euros stolen by a street vendor selling roses. She approached claiming to be pregnant and thrust flowers into our hands and then demanded money. She promised change but have none having grabbed a 50 Euro note off me. She walked off and I felt that if we had challenged her, we'd have been the ones in trouble. This incident has left a bitter taste on what is such a lovely small town.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2013 at 1:24am
Same thing happened to us on the beach at Acharavi a few years ago.  He was selling fruit. He grabbed my purse and upturned it, fortunately I never take more than a few euros to the beach
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2013 at 2:44pm
Similar thing happened to me in Milan a few years ago eastern bloc gypsy type surrounded me pushed what I thought was a baby wrapped in a scruffy shawl in my face at that point I felt a hand go in my pocket I grabbed the hand but they dropped the shawl thing no baby in & fled, it does spook you it made me super aware after that , mind never thought it would hit the shores of Corfu. Just shows you have to be aware all over now whilst on our travels
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2013 at 4:35pm
You let her walk off with your 50 Euro note?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2013 at 4:38pm
The gypsy type of beggar have always been around, even in Corfu Town, they used to sit 16 year old girls on the cinema steps with a baby, begging, there was one outside Dielas at Ipsos the other day.
Look the rose sellers in the eye and a firm "Ochi" does the trick. If they thrust anything in your hand just drop it on the floor and walk away, if in an establishment, complain to the owner.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2013 at 12:11pm
Good advice from Bob, Just wave them off and shake your head before they get to you and never accept anything they are selling because they will want the money for it once it's in your hand, seen it too many times where they have forced things onto unsure holiday makers who are then ask for the money for something they didn't want...remember don't touch anything they are selling.
The one that stole your money and left you with a rose is pregnant and has five other children who do the selling as well down to the age of 3 and 4 years of age, I have had my run ins with her over the years persistently trying to sell things to some members of my family...now she stays well clear of me and mine.
REMEMBER DON'T ACCEPT ANYTHING FROM THEM THAT YOU DON'T WANT...Because they will say that YOU were the one that gave THEM the €50 note
 
 
She understand the word NO and she also knows how to call me the swear word for an illegitimate child...Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2013 at 3:49pm
Hi SusieH,
We learned our lesson once with regards to the man selling fruit on the beach a good few years ago and now know just to ignore him and not even look into his basket. Just last month on holiday a young couple asked for a doughnut, a slice of melon and a small bunch of grapes and he said 20 euros, needless to say they were mortified and promptly gave him back the fruit. He was not a happy chappy !!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2013 at 3:57pm
I had that 3 years ago on agios g north beach decided to get a donut of the beach seller only for him to say €5 to late I took a bite paid him grudgingly & the donut was stale so lesson learnt never again
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2013 at 5:13pm
My wife had an altercation with the beach seller when he tried to short change her. My wife, not being a shrinking violet type of person told him where to go (words too rude to use here!) the following year, before he got near us. I have also heard that he does not wash his hands after going to the toilet in the bushes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2013 at 11:14pm
Oh no I've heard it all now!! I'll not be able to look at him without thinking of his toilet habits  All the more reason to give the beach refreshments a miss apart from the cost!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2013 at 11:52am
I've seen the same fella getting into a BMW when leaving Kassiopi main beach.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2013 at 5:17pm
The same advise applies to the itinerant musicians that travel through the resorts each evening.
They arrive in a modern Merc. park out of the way, and "entertain??" the diners in the tavernas, with their one and only song, it was estimated last summer that their total take each evening was around 500e.
Fortunately we haven't seen any this year, perhaps the authorities have woken up, if that's the case, wish they would do the same for the balloon and flower sellers.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2013 at 6:21pm
And the guy 'playing with fire' ... Not seen him before. Didn't do very well from Petrinos' clientele the night we saw him!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2013 at 6:38pm
I thought the fire guy in Roda was pretty impressive and I watched him for 5 weeks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2013 at 10:48pm
5 weeks playing with fire? Didn't anyone chuck a bucket of water over the poor chap?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2013 at 11:09pm
She was in Kassiopi last night and still looks as pregnant as the last 4 years. Reckon it may be padding or she may just be a porker!! Just put the palm of your hand up in front of her face, apparently this is extremely offensive to these people.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 2013 at 2:48am
Hi,
I find that just a firm "ochi" works rather than being offensive.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 2013 at 9:19am
Didnt work with her unfortunately....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 2013 at 11:34am
Best not to use the 'moutza' which is showing and thrusting the the palm of your hand toward any Greeks face, gypsies or otherwise...it's the ultimate insult...don't even wave with your palm facing them always show the back of your hand.
 
The Flower woman is genuinely pregnant and as I've said she has five children already with this one on the way.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 2013 at 12:34am
Bruce, my Gran used to say. "That's what you get from eating new bread"
I've avoided new bread when ever possible ever since.
Well, you never know. Too risky.
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