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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
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 cant have stetsons, bowlers,
berets, keffiyehs, hachimaki, fezes, baseball caps, turbans
and so on.
Somebody has already required this as a condition of employment
[normzone, Sep 05 2012]
People are not wearing enough hats
Meaningful [4and20, Sep 05 2012]
I hope you like giraffes...
(third image down) [normzone, Sep 05 2012]
[Phrontistery, Sep 06 2012]
Not polite, but direct enough.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Sep 07 2012]
||Maybe they can also sell hats.
||A tinfoil balaclava held together with sticky
tape generally deters even the most
||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...
||"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..."
||Should be a hood with a full face cover!
||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.
||How about a cap badge that reads "Hi, I'm
||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.
||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.