… and going with strange girls who want to practise their English to coffee shops is STILL a bad idea, folks.
Yet another chump — this time a Swedish guy on a business trip — has fallen for the time-honoured
scam by following a pair of temptresses who were “dressed like university students” (so wearing mortar boards, presumably) to the Manabe coffee shop on the 3rd floor of the Brilliance Shimao Plaza, Shanghai Daily reported
yesterday. He was then duly fleeced for 4,966 RMB after his coquettish companions managed to neck twelve RMB 400 whiskeys and a few coffees between them, before high-tailing it to leave our sap with the bill, WHICH HE PAID.
The guy said he left Shanghai feeling “disappointed”. Damn straight — if those girls could still walk after six RMB 400 whiskeys each, then we’d feel screwed over too.
Okay, so we understand how situations can spiral out of control pretty quickly, and the mood turned a bit sinister once the bill was presented. And that he was a stranger in a strange land. But surely this is all the more reason to be aware of stranger danger, kids.
Apparently the police issued a suitably vague warning for foreigners to “be careful taking tea or coffee”. We can only assume they’re preparing to spring into action to stamp this kind of thing out. Again.
Picture from The Fun Times Guide.