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20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

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20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

We present 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers to their travel agent, taken from research by Thomas Cook and ABTA.

A tourist at a top African game lodge overlooking a waterhole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel "inadequate".

A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

"The beach was too sandy."

A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

"Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."

"We bought 'Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five euros (£4.50/US$6.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake."

"No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."

"It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home."

"My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

"I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller."

"The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the accommodation'. We're trainee hairdressers - will we be OK staying here?"

"There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners."

"We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."

"We had to queue outside with no air conditioning."

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

"I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite."

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

"It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."

"On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

"We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."

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1. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

Proof it ever it was needed that some people should not be let out of their front door let alone out of the country!

That is just too funny - I loved the pregnancy because of the double bed one and the Water Park Excursion :D

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2. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

and not one mention of chicken nuggets from a place which shall remain nameless but begins with S!

Tho' I do recall some complaint here last year about mosquitoes & the trippers having to decamp to a friend's yacht to avoid them.

Athens, Greece
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3. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

I still like the one mentioned some time ago,

Man trying to book holiday says "I heard you need a visa for Egypt, I only have Mastercard, is that ok?"

Priceless!!

Athens
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4. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

-Goodeveing!

-Goodevening miss!

-I would like to order a new keyboard.

-Why? What's wrong with the old one?

-It's smells of fish.

-Fish?

-Yes, fish. I spit fish on it.

-And why would you do that?

-Ask my friend from Petalidi, she knows. She will share the cost of the keyboard with my friend from Devizes. I think it's fair.

-OK miss, have a lovely evening!

-Ah, bo!!ocks!!!!

New York City, New...
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5. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

..lol..these are incredible:-) I think our expert above made me laugh more than anything else when s/he said proof that some should never leave their front door...fantastic!!!! Enjoyin'!

Athens, Greece
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6. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

Neither me or GB will be paying for your keyboard this time, you haved been warned often enough to keep food & drink at a safe distance while reading this forum!

Athens
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7. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

I was hungryyyyyy!!!!!!

nc usa
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8. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

LOL!! Those are great! How many keyboards is that now Thalia?

Athens
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9. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

A hundred, LOL!

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10. Re: 20 of the most ridiculous complaints made by holidaymakers

ROFLMAO Thalia !!- unbelievable some of them.

Do you remember the famous Fawlty Towers episode with the deaf female guest who complained about the view from her window?

Basil asked her what was wrong with it so she replies that "it's not good enough".

He then launches into his famous tirade of "well pray tell me, what do you expect to see from the window of a hotel in Torquay? The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, herds of Wildebesst sweeping majestically across the plains?"

LOLOLOL