Wicked travellers taking advantage

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 18:36
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We're currently staying at Barnhill Station Stay WA. Yesterday afternoon, we had a Wicked van and two others come into the unpowered section. Most conspicuous as they drove through at some speed. Like a lot of new arrivals they headed straight for the "solar" showers where it was clear they were not English speaking, and then disappeared from the camp. So no hot water for the genuine campers!

Tales around the washing machine this morning is about similar group of travellers down the coast in a fuel stop. They used the facility to set the value of the fuel they wanted, filled up and then went into pay. In the example quoted they took $50 of fuel and presented a $50 note for payment. When the person behind the counter said "that'll be $50 thanks" the traveller started to argue that he had only asked for $30 of fuel. So the argument went on for some while until the counter person threatened the traveller with the police, and the travelling group left.

Not very nice people, like the Germans on TV a while back who were taking showers in a caravan park without being paid-up visitors.
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Reply By: Rockape - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 19:14

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 19:14
That is why many van parks have boom gates and keys to the amenities these days.

What happens is they have a grapevine that tells them which camps or parks are an easy touch.



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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 23:27

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 23:27
At least it is relevant to the forum & not a stupid poll type thread, or I can't decide what to buy thread!


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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 05:19

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 05:19
Shaker,
think you may have answered the wrong person
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 08:28

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 08:28
Sorry, you are right, it was meant for the reply below!
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 00:43

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 00:43
...ha ha maybe "Shaker" responded subconsciously to another thread – I’m not sure, but what's a "stupid poll type thread" ? :)

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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 22:30

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 22:30
Not sure where you'd put the boom gate Rockape.
It's about a 10 km dirt road from the highway to the showers.

Maybe the owners might have thought the drive in would discourage people doing that.

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Reply By: The Explorer - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 20:59

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 20:59
Welcome to the real world

Petty theft happens every day, every where.

Whinge thread number for the month....bugger lost count :)

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Follow Up By: R Send - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 15:07

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 15:07
Greg,

Thanks for your input - it isn't a whinge. Just recounting what is happening up here.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 15:50

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 15:50
At least it is relevant to the forum & not a stupid poll type thread, or I can't decide what to buy thread!

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 01:01

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 01:01
yes .."At least..."

By the way, the water in the solar showers would have run out even if they had hung around like the "proper campers" ...and irrespective of what language they spoke :)

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Follow Up By: R Send - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 10:32

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 10:32
Greg,

Seems to me that you are the whinger here!

Phil
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 10:42

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 10:42
Could be, but that's about all you can do in a "whinge thread" :)

How was the rest of your trip?

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Reply By: John and Regina M - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 21:32

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 21:32
Why was it 'clear they were not English speaking'
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Follow Up By: R Send - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 14:25

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 14:25
Strangely, they were not speaking English in the showers!
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Reply By: SDG - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 22:36

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 22:36
I noticed in Cairns the other month they were all over the place.
I also noticed a sign on the van depo, that if those wanting to hire a van walked into the premises naked, they get the first couple of days hire free.

Would love to be a fly on the wall at that place.
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Reply By: fisho64 - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 03:07

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 03:07
you neednt stress mate, Kevin Rudds got it sorted now. All those krauts, frogs etc are going to end up in PNG. Lets see how far those clapped out Hiace vans get in the Highlands with a few headhunters chasing them!
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:05

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:05
Your a game man Mr Fish! Hahahahahaha!!!!
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 07:27

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 07:27
if you're referring to "boat people", I'm pretty sure the majority are not from Europe.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 22:43

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 22:43
they will be now, if this thread is anything to go by
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 05:54

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 05:54
I volunteer for a local "Driver Reviver" sometimes, now there is somewhere to get an education on how cheap people can be and they're not in Wicked vans.

Seen people come in in their $200,000 rigs and demand coffee for all the occupants of the car (cause they're ALL drivers) and not leave a penny donation. Others get really mad when they discover that we don't make cappachinos to order for free.

Often its the people in the ordinary Falcon with the ordinary poptop who appreciate the service and leave a nice donation, those people pleasure to meet and serve.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 07:29

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 07:29
My Brother and I have just arrived back from Queensland last night after 10000 odd klms, and yes we did use the driver reviver a few times and on each occasion, we left a small donation, and for all the volunteers we met along the way a great big thank you for your hospitality and courtesy, we really did meet some very interesting people at the stations. Thank you.
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Follow Up By: cobber - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 01:13

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 01:13
Easy to sort that one out next time Lyn W3, just give them one cup of coffee with 3 or 4 straws, then all the drivers will get some coffee.
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Reply By: gompy - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 10:07

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 10:07
Yes, English speaking backpackers would never do these things!!
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:10

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:10
Yeah!!!!.....And Grey Nomads, Victorians, Collingwood supporters, NSW supporters, rich people and Nissan drivers are all as bad too! LOL
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 12:38

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 12:38
Right Hairy!!

Especially those Collingwood supporters.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 00:46

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 00:46
Collingwood supporters shower?

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 07:01

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 07:01
You need to explore the world more R send.
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Follow Up By: R Send - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 10:44

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 10:44
Sorry, I don't understand your comment?

I simply recounted what happened up here. I wasn't suggesting that they are the only people who do that sort of thing, or that I was particularly surprised at what happened. I thought the forum might be interested - clearly some of you have got too much time on your hands!

In fact I find it interesting that a simple recounting of an event has prompted so much response about what I said, and what I should do. The latter is particularly irrelevant given no-one on this forum has any idea about who I am, or where I have been or what I have done and seen.

Perhaps some people on this forum should think twice before they leap to their keyboard to make useless and unconstructive comment. Perhaps its you who should get in the real world/explore the world more?

Phil


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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 07:01

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 07:01
Phil perhaps you went a bit overboard with the minus 50 LOL

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Reply By: Barbera72 - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02
Hi Phil, it is not uncommon to meet people like that along the way, who just take advantage of the scarce resources being totally inconsiderate of other travelers, but fortunately they are a small insignificant minority that wouldn't take the fun out of our holidays. They obviously achieved an inadequate level of education. But just out of curiosity, why, in your post, you mentioned that 'clearly they were non-english speaking people'?
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Follow Up By: R Send - Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 13:09

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 13:09
Why not? - they weren't speaking English, so they weren't Aussies or Poms or Americans.
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