What a Nepalese woman with a stick can teach us about behaving appropriately abroad
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Last week, a video recorded in Nepal by British tourist Gemma Wilson went viral on social media… for all the wrong reasons. The footage, shared thousands of times, shows an angry Nepalese woman chasing a British tourist with a stick after she allegedly tried to get a discount on a cup of tea. Back to the first world. Imagine you’re in a Starbucks. You order the usual: skinny caramel latte, extra hot, no foam. Would you ever even dream of asking the shop manager for a discount? We all know the answer. “You English people rich. Why bargain?”, the Nepalese woman can be heard screaming furiously in the video. And if you think about it, you will realise that she actually has a point. Let’s get some perspective here. In 2016, Nepal ranked 144th out of 186 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index. You know what this means? The small Asian country is one of the poorest in the world, and each citizen lives on an average of 75p a day. Think about how much you’d pay for that caramel latte. Probably more than £3, and without complaint.
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