Where’s the tip?

PHOTO PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford

“Archaeologists believe this was built by Druids around 2000 BC .They think it’s their Fertility God. Can anyone guess why? ” I asked , snickering, pointing through a fence that kept inquisitive tourists far away.

My story normally  turns juicy now and everyone would be in splits at my Phallic jokes. Good laughs equals good tips. Most importantly no questions on the story’s historical authenticity. Just then I noticed the tween girl . I had forgotten all about her!!!

It wouldn’t be proper. My snicker turned sober. I mentally scrapped the usual script. Today my tip jar would be empty …like that grain silo turned Fertility god by the Tourism department gods.

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The above 108 word story is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week. PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford

Click on the ‘blue frog’  below to read other amazing takes, that fellow Friday Fictioneers have, on the same photo prompt.

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37 responses to “Where’s the tip?

  1. Hmmm. The guide and the Tourist office are assuming their customers aren’t interested in history. No cigar, no tips. It could happen and probably does. Nice piece.

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    • Sometimes the tour guides tell some tall tales that no archaeologist could have possibly verified with facts…Always made me wonder how much is actually true and how much is added for the ‘entertainment’ value.

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  2. You should have heard the wild tales that a tour guide told us on a tour through Pompei’s supposed red light district. I was blushing but my then teen sons thought it was hilarious. As you say, great minds.
    ha ha
    Tracey

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  3. Play to your audience: it’s good advice.

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  4. I was touring Ephasus just a week ago and I was amazed at what those naughty Roman’s got up to! I was almost embarrassed!
    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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  5. Ha, I think the tween girl would have survived.. But her parents might have been lowered the tips.. I say go with the script. 😉

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  6. Sounds like he’s decided that discretion is the better part of valour this time. I’m sure she would have found it funny!

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  7. “I take my machine here, I take your little thing, I put it through this hole, and then… I nip the tip. Who’s first?”–Rabbi Tuckman.

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  8. a tour guide with a conscience as he doesn’t live by tips alone. that’s nice.

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  9. strangely everywhere guides churn out such stories

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  10. Nicely done. He should have flipped the story around to cater to his audience 🙂
    “…and in 1835 this fertility tower was turned into a granary…”

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  11. Good story, Ansumani! I liked your wry humor, and the turnabout at the end.

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  12. He can always take the oversized suppository angle. I doubt the tween would know what those are. 🙂

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  13. Hehe, that’s nice of the tour guide. Good story.

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  14. Tourism department gods! Funny. I’m glad the guide had second thoughts.

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  15. Dear Ansumani,

    Good bit of humor, if not discretion, on the part of the tour guide. A good story as well.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  16. A tour guide with a conscious! Lovely!

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  17. So very thoughtful of the tour guide. A good tour guide knows how to be spontaneous and scrap the script if necessary. Nice one!

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  18. It never came into my mind that tour guides would invent things to please tourists, to entertain them. I can see now that it happens. Humorous. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

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