I was in a taxi in Greece, in Athens, and
I was going into the centre to do some shopping
and the taxi driver started chatting to
me. He asked me where I was from. When I
said I was English, he started getting really
aggressive. He said that he didn't like
the English and that all English people
were football hooligans. He went on and
on - he just wouldn't stop.
I got really annoyed. I mean I thought,
'Why do I have to listen to all of this?'.
So I asked him to stop the taxi and let
me get out. Luckily, he stopped and I got
out - and of course, I didn't pay him anything.
This happened to me recently when I was
travelling around France on business. I
was really tired because I'd been working
and travelling all day. Anyway, when I got
to the hotel in Toulouse - it was the evening
- I checked in and the receptionist gave
me the key to my room. So I went up to my
room and opened the door, but it was a complete
The bed wasn't made, there were dirty towels
on the floor and the bathroom was filthy.
I went downstairs and told the receptionist
and he said that I would have to wait for
half an hour while they prepared the room.
But I was exhausted and needed to rest,
so I told him to give me another room straightaway.
Luckily, he did.
This happened to me last week. I went to
a restaurant in London with my family to
celebrate my dad's birthday. Anyway, my
dad ordered ravioli and when his dish arrived
he saw that it had a long, black hair in
it. So he asked the waitress to take it
back and bring him another one. She brought
him another plate of ravioli and it was
fine, and we finished our meal.
But when my dad asked for the bill, he saw
that they had charged us for the ravioli.
He didn't think that was right. He thought
the ravioli should be free because he had
found a hair in it. So he asked the waitress
to take it off the bill. She went away and
spoke to the manager, and he came and apologized
and he took the ravioli off the bill.