Some Rude Tourists in The Outback

Submitted: Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 23:02
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I've just recently returned from a trip through Oodnadatta, William Creek, Maree, Lake Eyre etc and was amazed by some of the obnoxious people who also travel. I was sitting in the Maree Hotel having a few (read lot) quiet beers talking with the publican when a couple of utes pulled in. An older bloke walked in (ignored the friendly hello given by the 3 of us in the pub) and asked for a carton of Southwark (some very ordinary SA beer) and the publican kindly responded that they don't have any, he grumbled about "what sort of a pub is this" and then asked for a carton of West End Draught. No problems, then he asks how much - reply $40 cold. Now considering you will pay $32 a carton hot in Adelaide, thats a good price for a pub as far away as Maree. Then he grudgingly hands over the money and says "bloody highway robbery" before storming out of the pub. Now I was in that pub for about 2 days and 90% of travellers were very polite and willing to have a chat, but its people like that bloke that give all us tourists a bad name. How many other forum readers out there have witnessed a scene like this whilst in their travels??
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Reply By: johnsie - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 23:43

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 23:43
Or the people from NSW + VIC who do the big trip through the centre and up to Darwin and bitch about the price of fuel. Their first mistake is they have a go at the person collecting the money who isnt the owner or manager.The second is that its the fuel companies that set the price along with the govt. give them a blast if it relieves your tension.Remember they have the same right to make as much a lt as in your major metro areas but with higher overheads.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 10:08

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 10:08
Fuelling up in the Isa, at Shell, when an interstate Tojo and camper trailer pulled up, at the diesel bowser. He was only there a minute or so, before driving off. Diesel was just over 86c/L. Saw him down at the "el cheapo" later, paying over 91c/L.

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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 13:14

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 13:14
Whats this about NSW people & my Vic mates, when we go bush or anywhere if I want fuel I pay the price but not everyone has the grey matter to realise it costs more to get the supply's to these places & you can't educate them.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 15:07

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 15:07
G'day Bob,

Didn't mention the state in case some one got offside, it was neither of those 2.

Sorry to hear about your wagon, hope you can get some joy out of Nissan.

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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 15:39

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 15:39
Thanks Bob, yeah so far everything is ok, they just had that not again look. I put a reply in my original post
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Reply By: REXY - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 07:53

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 07:53
Totally agree with Johnsie about the fuel thing. Im in the Navy and i got posted from Darwin to Sydney so Lucy and i thought what the hell lets go down thru the guts and have a look see. We pulled into a servo where it was $1.47 / ltr.......we didnt need fuel ( that is why GOD invented long range tanks) and only needed a drink and some munchies. We still paid through the noes for them, but it didnt bother us. I mean hell they have to get them there dont they ???..One stupid !@#$ infront of us was waving his fist into the facveof the poor id behind the counter because of the cost of everything. the manager calmed him down and he eventuyally paid but as he was leaving managed to pull down a shelf full of stuff.....What the hell is wrong with these people ?????????

just my two cents worth

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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 08:38

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 08:38
Not everyone is nice like us. If we were all nice friendly adorable people the world would be a very boring place. Lots of people get around with chips on their shoulders and issues embedded in their tiny brains. Unfortunately we have to have these nitwits as they are part of the ecology.

As for Southwark Beer...I totally agree with you....it is an acquired taste harking back to the Pleistocene Era and resembling what some may say a mixture of water and dinosaur manure...hahahahaha

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Follow Up By: Member - Penguin (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 09:32

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 09:32
And the water is Adelaide water :-(
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 09:49

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 09:49
Actually technickly it is not, the brewers and coke derive their water fram the aquifer and treat it themselves because it is of a more consistant quality - so there you thought you were going to make it through a whole day without learning anything new and useless
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Follow Up By: Member - Penguin (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 10:02

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 10:02
Thanks Davoe - does that mean that I 've learnt all I'm going to this week and that I can just switch off for the rest of the week? Woohoo!!
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:10

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:10
Quite correct Davoe ... more consistent quality. You forgot to mention at which end of the quality scale ...... ;-))
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Follow Up By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 14:37

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 14:37
Hi Willem,

I think also that these same types are the ones who usually get into trouble, and then expect all manner of help without so much as a thankyou. Hopefully the gene pool will be depleted of such people but until that happens we get to enjoy the Darwin awards.

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 09:46

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 09:46
Bundyman, isn't it funny that genetics and upbringing are just so different in the resultant offspring. Please and thank you have never costed anyone anything, but are so infrequently used. It could be as close to a name as finishing with an "am" rather than an "an" but if the gene or the skills are not there............

It's good to highlight it mate
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 17:12

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 17:12
nice picture john i almost think i recognize that pond in front

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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 13:22

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 13:22
On fuel prices I was happy to pay $1.40, $1.60 and even $1.80 for diesel in remote places. It costs money to get fuel to these places, they have a miniscule turnover, and probably make very little if any profit. I was happy paying $1.80 - the other vehicle was a ULP guzzler and paid $1.96. In the scheme of things it is bugger all (compared with the cost of a trashed tyre for instance). I say if you can't where the costs associated with isolation then you shouldn't have gone there in the first place.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 14:52

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 14:52
'You tell 'em Bob', said Dawn to her husband Bobby Lake. Only $1.03 here. Na Na ne Na Na! (for diesel).
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 15:11

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 15:11
Paid 116.9c/L in Camooweal last weekend, but can't work out why it's so dear there when is only around 86c in the Isa. No doubt the condition of the "highway" would be something to do with it.

Raining here, Ruth, have had 45mm since last night. Still raining, but don't wait for a flood...

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 16:42

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 16:42
We were just talking about you. One of the Council guys came in and said Diamantina Lakes had 3 inches last night. Ian and old Sully are hoping to go up there fishing next week (if I let them). I'm leaving for Mt Isa at sparrows, so will be able to fuel up for 82c with my Woolies/Coles dockets. Can't understand your price when Camoo is so close. See you round like a rissole.
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Reply By: Member - Darren C (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 16:16

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 16:16
Buy a Landrover! We are getting 5L/100ks regularly. :0 I would like to admit that I have been rude to people in the past, not to the point of saying something offensive, or destroying things, but sometimes other peoples rudeness, when taken over a whole day in Sydney, can rub off. Unfortunately. When people are rude to me, I just say that maybe they have had a really BAD day, and try not to get defensive. It is surprising how often people turn out to be really nice (and usually happy to talk to someone). SMILE! It may be just what they need, and if not, it is usually the best defence against catching what they have got and passing it on.
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:34

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:34
5L/100k ... get out ... you're giving us a bad name.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:45

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:45
5L/100k....and what sort of Landrover would that be ?
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 23:02

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 23:02
Buggered if I know MD .... but I'll have one. Must spend a bloody hell of a lot of time coasting down hill.
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Follow Up By: Member - Darren C (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 14:07

Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 14:07
Honestly! Well, maybe 7. We couldnt beleive it either, but on a trip away a few weeks ago, we filled up before we left, did around 1500ks, and it only used about 75Ls. We dont know but we are not complaining. I had second thoughts about that post as soon as I posted it, remember that guy who always started those who is better than who threads? I think his name is Goran? or Yoran? Cant remember. But I tell ya, its the truth. Its a trusty Defender by the way :)
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Reply By: Ozzie Ron - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 16:21

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 16:21
Being a mexican from Geelong (next to shell refinery) I am also pleased to say I have just(1 week) returned from the Up The Guts Trip. (first time for co-pilot wife).
The only thing that amazed me was the price of diesel less that 200k from home.
$1.06.9/lt after paying $0.99 in Cober Pedy the day B4.
We all must take what ever action we can to correct the injustice in fuel pricing throughout our great land.
Remember when you vote next time or have a few spare moments to send an email to the people who create these prices.
Leave the front line battlers alone, and if your not prepared pay the BLOODY price without complaining.
Support the local traders in these places we love to visit. if you don't they may not be there for that freshing beer, meal or item you forgot.
We paid $11.60 @ the Pink Road house for a can of aeroguard, it was worth every cent over the next two weeks.
Ne way get out there and enjoy the people and places we can travel to and try not to let these few(read very few) people spoilt it 4U.
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Reply By: ianmc - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 17:38

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 17:38
Ned Kelly is alive & well but it is not only the rich he tries to rob.
Out on the Nullabor last trip I was informed that the main 6 servos
with, as it happens, the highest prices, are all owned by the one company.
The next one & furthest from the Perth source was many cents cheaper. When I asked how he did it he said" We are not as big thieves".
Its also remarkable how servos survive when a couple of discounters come to town & cut prices.
In Horsham fuel was the cheapest in West Vic after years of being one of the dearest, ie 10c above Melbourne, with freifht accounting for about 1-2 cents per litre and presumably lower rents too.
Suddenly the diesel has jumped to over 99c with petrol at 90. Why me asks??
Of course State & Feds take over 50% of this to further expand their beaureacracy
& lavish consultants fees .
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:25

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:25
Now I know what the valium injection in the ambulance is for!! To tame the wild beast tourist. Have to try it next time we get one here.
I sometimes treat sick tourists who get nasty, just politely ask them to leave and go to the next clinic. Some of them do!!!! (Only 200km away)
Most people are great though, and I've been able to buy a lot of equipment for the clinic recently due to the generosity of travelers.
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Reply By: MickeyJ - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:29

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:29
Maybe the people with chips on their shoulders had been up all night, while the person in the camp next door played music till 4AM, leaving them in a fatigue fogged rage.

Mickey
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 20:57

Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 20:57
Bundyman , just goes to show how some people know not the ins and outs of beer prices,, passing thru Marree on the way to Birdsville for the races in 2002 bought a cold carton of 4x Gold for $29.95,, My price [cold thru the drive thru]at the same time in Brisbane was $28.95 with a GP of 22.5% , We had dinner in the pub dinning room, quail , the exact price escapes me [ have to dig out the menu we kept] but I do recall the price was actually less than 50% of the wholesale price of quail that I can procure for my hotel in Brisbane,, fuel was $1.10 ulp and $1.10 diesel with a 10% discount if camped at the c/van park, ,,, cant complain about that.,,, fuel in Brisbane hit 92/93c round that time.
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