We have all heard the moniker “Ugly American,” it is used to describe Americans who go overseas and act in a poor manner. When Americans are like this, it really gives a bad name to all Americans who live or travel in other countries. I just saw this story on the Internet, and found it typical of the “Ugly American:”
An American national was arrested before dawn Saturday for refusing to pay the bills for the drinks he consumed at an establishment in Manila’s Baywalk area.
Radio dzRH reported that the American refused to give his name even when he was brought to the Ospital ng Maynila (OSMA) for a medical examination.
“You talk to my lawyer,” SPO4 Roberto Diestro of the Manila Police District Station 5 recalled the American repeatedly telling them, when they asked his name.
Diestro said the incident took place at about 3 a.m., when the American national refused to pay an P860 bill handed over by the waiter.
The waiter called police, who arrested the American and brought him to OSMA for a medical examination. It was not immediately clear if the American resisted arrest. – GMANews.TV
My goodness, the guy owed P860 for drinks and basically refused to pay? That’s less than $20, and over that small amount he created a scene. Of course, we don’t know his side of the story. Maybe he thought that he was being overcharged. Still, even if I was being overcharged, I would not create a scene and end up in jail for it! I’d just pay it and not return to the establishment!
What do you think?