Raging Rivers, Gentle Streams



19 Idiotic but REAL travel complaints

These are actual complaints received from dissatisfied customers by Thomas Cook Vacations (based on a Thomas Cook/ABTA survey):

1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

3. “On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

8. “No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19. “My fiance and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

The Bear Shops Here

Security camera footage of the bear in the Hayward, Wisconsin Marketplace Foods back in October 2009.
Back in 2009, shoppers in the Marketplace Foods store in Hayward got a shock one night when a 125-pound black bear wandered inside that store and headed right to the beer cooler.

Witnesses that evening say he climbed up onto a shelf, 12 feet off the floor, and sat there for about an hour while employees helped get customers out of the store. Wildlife officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tranquilized the bear and removed it from the premises and then released it into the wild the next day.

Onlookers say the bear seemed content to sit in the cooler — and they note that he didn’t drink any of the beer.

I was in Hayward this past weekend and visited the store. After almost four years since the bear visit occured, they still sell T-Shirts that say “The Bear Shops Here” and they also still mention it prominently on their website:


Oh, COME ON Florida!!!


A key deer was discovered with a Doritos bag over it’s head on Saturday by a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy.  The deputy was able to remove the bag and the deer must have appreciated the help, since Monroe County Sheriffs Department spokesperson Becky Herrin states that the deer did not put up a struggle with the deputy.

Key deer are a species threatened by development, non-native species such as pythons, and hurricanes. 

This is a friendly reminder to help keep Florida clean and animals safe by properly disposing if trash.