Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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No thank you hat

Internationally recognised, yet polite
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Wandering along a Budapest restaurant alley recently with Mrs Ricshaw, we kept being asked whether we would like to dine in each establishment we passed. Of course, our answer was a polite “No thank you”. This became difficult after a while and Mrs Ricshaw detected a growly sod-off moment coming.

We invented the “Internationally recognised, yet polite, no thank you hat”

This will allow purveyors of goods and services to save their energies and concentrate on those without hats. It will also allow the wearers safe passage through restaurant alleys, souqs, or that place near the Great Wall of China with hundreds of desperate thimble sellers.

We would need a “call for hats” and some sort of international conference to agree it. This is because the “yet” is important and would drive the need for international consensus. We can’t have stetsons, bowlers, berets, keffiyehs, hachimaki, fezes, baseball caps, turbans and so on.

DenholmRicshaw, Sep 05 2012

Somebody has already required this as a condition of employment http://www.shutters...struction-site.html
[normzone, Sep 05 2012]

People are not wearing enough hats http://www.youtube....watch?v=O2QJvc_SxFQ
Meaningful [4and20, Sep 05 2012]

I hope you like giraffes... http://www.lostinid...innovation-and.html
(third image down) [normzone, Sep 05 2012]

Partially baked. http://i1.cpcache.c...eight=460&width=460
[Phrontistery, Sep 06 2012]

Not polite, but direct enough. http://rlv.zcache.c...056128enxqz_400.jpg
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Sep 07 2012]

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       Maybe they can also sell hats.
4and20, Sep 05 2012
  

       A tinfoil balaclava held together with sticky tape generally deters even the most foolhardy importuner.
8th of 7, Sep 05 2012
  

       The old two wallets trick can get rid of the worst of it. Even works on taxi drivers in Cairo, which is saying something...   

       Just remember to pull out the one with bugger-all money out, not the one brimming with Yen, Swiss Franc, Kruggerands etc   

       >Wandering along a Budapest   

       I wondered who was that shadowy figure in the tinfoil fedora I saw yesterday near Kiraly utca...
not_morrison_rm, Sep 06 2012
  

       "Would you like to buy a new 'No Thank You' hat? - look this one's far nicer than your current 'No Thank You' hat - just today, just for you sir, these are 50% off. Come on, you look like a nice man - I'll even throw in - for free! - this 'No Thank You' cravat. Only $10 this hat, premium quality - it's the lowest I can possibly let you have it for. I've got a wife and children to feed sir, look here are their photos..."
hippo, Sep 06 2012
  

       Should be a hood with a full face cover!
xandram, Sep 06 2012
  

       I had red leds implanted in eyes for this very reason, a quick flash and everyone thinks I'm Rick moranis from ghostbusters and everyone knows he's broke.
leinypoo13, Sep 07 2012
  

       How about a cap badge that reads "Hi, I'm Greek" ?
8th of 7, Sep 07 2012
  

       I think that your mistake, Mr Ricshaw, was in saying no. Any reasonably sharp-witted tourist would have said "Yes," to every offer, "but that man down there offered me 10% off!" and then stood back whilst the restauranteurs beat each other to a pulp in order to decide which one got the honour of having you grace their establishment. If it was a slow night, the competitive discounting might have been so fierce that one of them might have ended up having to pay you for eating their food.
DrBob, Sep 07 2012
  

       I walk through crowded marketplaces like this with large mirrors attached at port and starboard, like a sort of sideways sandwich-board. Eager restaurant-owners and pedlars find themselves shouting at, and then haggling with, reflections of themselves, beating down their own prices and imploring themselves to sample their wares.
hippo, Sep 07 2012
  
      
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