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(Telegraph)   In Rome, do not tip the "living statues" at your own peril   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 74
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2013-12-30 01:20:04 PM  
OW MY ROBOT BALLS
 
2013-12-30 01:22:32 PM  
This must be a new thing. Last time I was in Rome was 7 years ago, and I don't remember any living statues. In Amsterdam, yes.
 
2013-12-30 01:25:57 PM  

i293.photobucket.com


Oh, hai, guiz! What's going on in this thread?

 
2013-12-30 01:29:56 PM  
Yeah, you don't want them to get animated.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-30 01:32:07 PM  
i586.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-30 01:33:44 PM  
Maybe someone will mention weeping angels or Doctor Who in this thread ...
 
2013-12-30 01:44:24 PM  

dillenger69: Maybe someone will mention weeping angels or Doctor Who in this thread ...


I doubt it, but just in case you might miss such a mention, don't blink.
 
2013-12-30 01:44:45 PM  
It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.
 
2013-12-30 01:45:11 PM  
I can understand not leaving a tip -- it sounds like the guy in TFA made a very poor statue.
 
2013-12-30 01:45:23 PM  

simplicimus: This must be a new thing. Last time I was in Rome was 7 years ago, and I don't remember any living statues. In Amsterdam, yes.


There were always one or two outside the major museums in Paris when I lived there in the 90s.  But it's gotten to be an epidemic in some places.
 
2013-12-30 01:46:44 PM  
i495.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-30 01:47:11 PM  

mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.


It's very simple: you don't send a group of thugs to harass and threaten people who don't tip.
 
2013-12-30 01:47:23 PM  
The scourge is back!

skitch-img.s3.amazonaws.com

/Next we'll have to deal with the crusty jugglers
//All for the greater good
///The greater good
 
2013-12-30 01:48:17 PM  
Is it worse than not tipping cows?
 
2013-12-30 01:49:02 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

It's very simple: you don't send a group of thugs to harass and threaten people who don't tip.


Yea, a felony (or whatever the Italian equivalent is) is not the proper response to a faux pas.
 
2013-12-30 01:49:39 PM  
Don't take souvenir pictures.
Make photographic evidence.
 
2013-12-30 01:50:06 PM  
So fake swords on the Centurions?  Looks like time for real swords, and then have running battles with the Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves... Are you not Entertained?
 
2013-12-30 01:50:49 PM  
If you're going to tip over the living statures, do it and run like Hell.

If, on the other hand, you over tip the living statues, watch out. You may have a statue following you around all day like that guy in the Mozart opera. You know the one I mean. Don Juan.

One thing's for sure:  one bad tip in Rome and somebody is getting dragged off to Hell before the day is over.
 
2013-12-30 01:51:01 PM  
F those guys.

Absolute scum.

Get in the way of famous landmarks then piss and moan when people don't want to pay you for your "performance".
 
2013-12-30 01:51:05 PM  

jshine: The_Original_Roxtar: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

It's very simple: you don't send a group of thugs to harass and threaten people who don't tip.

Yea, a felony (or whatever the Italian equivalent is) is not the proper response to a faux pas.


Don't go out of your way to show people that you're threatening their livelihoods, and they won't risk that felony getting even with you.
 
2013-12-30 01:52:15 PM  

mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.


It is very simple, if you stand about in touristy areas peopelw ill take pictures of you, don't be a complete farkwit and cry when they don't pay you for it.
 
2013-12-30 01:52:50 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: jshine: The_Original_Roxtar: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

It's very simple: you don't send a group of thugs to harass and threaten people who don't tip.

Yea, a felony (or whatever the Italian equivalent is) is not the proper response to a faux pas.

Don't go out of your way to show people that you're threatening their livelihoods, and they won't risk that felony getting even with you.


Panhandling is a valid livelihood now?
 
2013-12-30 01:53:03 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

It's very simple: you don't send a group of thugs to harass and threaten people who don't tip.


Are you sure? I'm pretty sure it says in Article 15, paragraph 4 of the Busker's Code that all tip infractions should result in "farking up that tourist."
 
2013-12-30 01:53:04 PM  
Miss me yet?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-30 01:53:27 PM  
But after he took a photograph and walked on, the tourist was chased, surrounded and threatened by five colleagues of the "statue", allegedly all from Bangladesh, because he had not thrown a coin in the pot in front of the statue.

Sounds more like a mugging to me.
 
2013-12-30 01:53:47 PM  
Do not tip at your peril?

Shoudn't the headline read, "...tip the living statues at your own peril"?
 
2013-12-30 01:53:56 PM  
even MFA's have to eat. zing!

i saw these in san fran, what a stupid, pointless form of 'art'. teach a kid to read or something. same for the morons who build big things out of legos, who the fark cares you made a spaceship out of lego.
 
2013-12-30 01:54:30 PM  
Video showing a human statue punching a man in the face

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_43PRWncU4
 
2013-12-30 01:54:55 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: The scourge is back!

[skitch-img.s3.amazonaws.com image 594x361]

/Next we'll have to deal with the crusty jugglers
//All for the greater good
///The greater good


Came for this.  Got extra laughs from "the greater good"
 
2013-12-30 01:57:18 PM  
Pre-RTFA: "Bad subby! Oh the grammatical humanity!"

Post-RTFA: "OK, that makes sense."

Of course, I assumed the article was about tipping over street performers, not under-tipping them.
 
2013-12-30 01:57:31 PM  

Primum: Video showing a human statue punching a man in the face

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_43PRWncU4


That was awesome.
 
2013-12-30 01:58:44 PM  

mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.


If I'm in Rome, I'd like a picture of the Colusseum. If I'm in Disney World, I'd like a picture of a dude in a Donald Duck costume.

Of course its impossible to get a picture of the Colusseum without some Gypsy (or Albanian. The Bangladeshian surprised me. That's new.) dressed up, ruining the picture, and then expecting a tip on top of it.
 
2013-12-30 02:02:48 PM  

spawn73: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

If I'm in Rome, I'd like a picture of the Colusseum. If I'm in Disney World, I'd like a picture of a dude in a Donald Duck costume.

Of course its impossible to get a picture of the Colusseum without some Gypsy (or Albanian. The Bangladeshian surprised me. That's new.) dressed up, ruining the picture, and then expecting a tip on top of it.


One would think there is some degree of difference between taking a picture of a human statue and taking a picture with a human statue somewhere in it. That being said, I don't honestly give a crap if people do or do not tip a human statue. I just think that if you find them intriguing enough to take a photo of them, the least you could do is give them a few coins if not a buck or two. It's not like these people are hopping into Mercedes-Benz' once their day of busking is over.
 
2013-12-30 02:03:10 PM  

quatchi: [i293.photobucket.com image 150x120]
Oh, hai, guiz! What's going on in this thread?


I want a Weeping Angel statute that is holding its groin, doubled over in pain.
 
2013-12-30 02:06:37 PM  
"The statues appear to have learned a few tricks from the men dressed as Roman centurions who hang around the Colosseum and who have gained a reputation for bullying tourists into paying for a picture with them.
Rival bands of centurions have also battled in the streets of Rome for the right to work on highly-prized stretches of pavement.
Last year, about 60 centurions waving fake swords scuffled with police who tried to stop them plying their trade outside the Colosseum."

I would put in good money to see the centurions get into a mass battle with each other on the streets with real gladii.
Sacking of Rome 3: Are you not entertained?
 
2013-12-30 02:15:19 PM  

SPARC Pile: "The statues appear to have learned a few tricks from the men dressed as Roman centurions who hang around the Colosseum and who have gained a reputation for bullying tourists into paying for a picture with them.
Rival bands of centurions have also battled in the streets of Rome for the right to work on highly-prized stretches of pavement.
Last year, about 60 centurions waving fake swords scuffled with police who tried to stop them plying their trade outside the Colosseum."

I would put in good money to see the centurions get into a mass battle with each other on the streets with real gladii.
Sacking of Rome 3: Are you not entertained?


Indeed -- move those guys into the Colosseum and give them real swords.  I'd pay to take a photo of that.
 
2013-12-30 02:16:49 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

It's very simple: you don't send a group of thugs to harass and threaten people who don't tip.



"When in Rome..."

/obligatory
 
2013-12-30 02:18:41 PM  

jshine: SPARC Pile: "The statues appear to have learned a few tricks from the men dressed as Roman centurions who hang around the Colosseum and who have gained a reputation for bullying tourists into paying for a picture with them.
Rival bands of centurions have also battled in the streets of Rome for the right to work on highly-prized stretches of pavement.
Last year, about 60 centurions waving fake swords scuffled with police who tried to stop them plying their trade outside the Colosseum."

I would put in good money to see the centurions get into a mass battle with each other on the streets with real gladii.
Sacking of Rome 3: Are you not entertained?

Indeed -- move those guys into the Colosseum and give them real swords.  I'd pay to take a photo of that.


Um, the Colosseum doesn't have much of a floor. Of course they could run through the mazes.
 
2013-12-30 02:20:53 PM  

simplicimus: jshine: SPARC Pile: "The statues appear to have learned a few tricks from the men dressed as Roman centurions who hang around the Colosseum and who have gained a reputation for bullying tourists into paying for a picture with them.
Rival bands of centurions have also battled in the streets of Rome for the right to work on highly-prized stretches of pavement.
Last year, about 60 centurions waving fake swords scuffled with police who tried to stop them plying their trade outside the Colosseum."

I would put in good money to see the centurions get into a mass battle with each other on the streets with real gladii.
Sacking of Rome 3: Are you not entertained?

Indeed -- move those guys into the Colosseum and give them real swords.  I'd pay to take a photo of that.

Um, the Colosseum doesn't have much of a floor. Of course they could run through the mazes.



It was a tongue-in-cheek reference to gladiators.  If the suggestion were to be taken seriously, I'm sure that adding some new planks on the floor would be a fairly minor problem in the grand scheme of things.
 
2013-12-30 02:37:29 PM  

simplicimus: Um, the Colosseum doesn't have much of a floor. Of course they could run through the mazes.


Replace the swords with paintball guns, everybody wins.
 
2013-12-30 02:39:56 PM  

mooseyfate: spawn73: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

If I'm in Rome, I'd like a picture of the Colusseum. If I'm in Disney World, I'd like a picture of a dude in a Donald Duck costume.

Of course its impossible to get a picture of the Colusseum without some Gypsy (or Albanian. The Bangladeshian surprised me. That's new.) dressed up, ruining the picture, and then expecting a tip on top of it.

One would think there is some degree of difference between taking a picture of a human statue and taking a picture with a human statue somewhere in it. That being said, I don't honestly give a crap if people do or do not tip a human statue. I just think that if you find them intriguing enough to take a photo of them, the least you could do is give them a few coins if not a buck or two. It's not like these people are hopping into Mercedes-Benz' once their day of busking is over.


Yeah of course. But I kinda get the impression that they consider themselves to add to the ambience of the picture, just by being in it. And thus expect a tip.

Obviously if the statue/dressed up dude is the motive, then you tip.
 
2013-12-30 02:42:06 PM  
This has to be the most hair raising and upsetting thing to hit the rostra since Sulla's proscription lists and the outcomes from them.
 
2013-12-30 03:02:48 PM  
Photo bombing for fun and profit?
 
2013-12-30 03:07:53 PM  

SPARC Pile: "The statues appear to have learned a few tricks from the men dressed as Roman centurions who hang around the Colosseum and who have gained a reputation for bullying tourists into paying for a picture with them.
Rival bands of centurions have also battled in the streets of Rome for the right to work on highly-prized stretches of pavement.
Last year, about 60 centurions waving fake swords scuffled with police who tried to stop them plying their trade outside the Colosseum."

I would put in good money to see the centurions get into a mass battle with each other on the streets with real gladii.
Sacking of Rome 3: Are you not entertained?


Between that and this:

Rival bands of centurions have also battled in the streets of Rome for the right to work on highly-prized stretches of pavement.

I would pay to watch that.

/Now I just needs some bread
 
2013-12-30 03:09:49 PM  
FTFA: But after he took a photograph and walked on, the tourist was chased, surrounded and threatened by five colleagues of the "statue", allegedly all from Bangladesh...

There's the problem, he didn't offer a bribe first.
 
2013-12-30 03:13:50 PM  
Please tip the living statues generously.  They do not like being taken for granite.
 
2013-12-30 03:30:58 PM  

SPARC Pile: "The statues appear to have learned a few tricks from the men dressed as Roman centurions who hang around the Colosseum and who have gained a reputation for bullying tourists into paying for a picture with them.
Rival bands of centurions have also battled in the streets of Rome for the right to work on highly-prized stretches of pavement.
Last year, about 60 centurions waving fake swords scuffled with police who tried to stop them plying their trade outside the Colosseum."

I would put in good money to see the centurions get into a mass battle with each other on the streets with real gladii.
Sacking of Rome 3: Are you not entertained?


60 of them?!?!? Sweet jesus that makes it seem that it would be almost impossible to take a picture anywhere without getting one in it. I think I will start dressing like George Washington and hang out on the mall in DC now.
 
2013-12-30 03:33:09 PM  

spawn73: mooseyfate: It's very simple: if you take a photo, you leave a tip. Doesn't have to be a huge tip, just some change even, but you leave a tip.

If I'm in Rome, I'd like a picture of the Colusseum. If I'm in Disney World, I'd like a picture of a dude in a Donald Duck costume.

Of course its impossible to get a picture of the Colusseum without some Gypsy (or Albanian. The Bangladeshian surprised me. That's new.) dressed up, ruining the picture, and then expecting a tip on top of it.


Why wouldn't you take the picture from the Lateran hill? It overlooks the Colosseum.
 
2013-12-30 03:39:27 PM  
What tipping a statue may look like:

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2013-12-30 03:55:20 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: The scourge is back!


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"Dey're shooting innocent civilians!
Dey shot the Goldman twice in duh leg!
He didn't even flinch."

//Lilyhammer FTW
 
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