|One of the experiences I mentioned about the gulf coast trip was the scammers/grifters in New Orleans who would bet you they could guess where you got your shoes (answer: on your feet). There were a few other scams like this, and it's apparently so common, our guide book mentioned it and there are entire websites devoted to teaching you how to avoid these stupid scams. I've been to a lot of different places on the planet, and I can't remember one that had as many worthless people doing stupid shit for tourist money. Actually scratch that -- most of the Caribbean was probably worse. I guess I expected a little more from a modern American city with a stable economy.
But here's my thing: Unless you're a homeless person with no other option (didn't appear to be the case), how does a scam artist go around all day, bilking money out of friendly unsuspecting tourists, and go home at the end of the day and feel any sense of pride or accomplishment? "How was work today, Joe?" "Oh pretty good, I scammed a young couple on their honeymoon out of $7." Fan-fucking-tastic work, Joe. You're really contributing to the world here. You're making people enjoy their stay in your piss-soaked city. Surely they'll go home and say to their friends, "Hey go check out New Orleans; it's full of awesome people who pretend to be friendly but then get mad when they spray something on your shoes and expect you to give them money to clean it off." #sociology