Rip Off in Prague!.
....I got totally ripped off while in
Prague. I was madder at myself than anything else because I have traveled
enough to know better. I needed some money and went to what looked
like a reputable exchange shop, just around the corner from the Municpal
House. I had 50 Euros and expected around 1200 Czech crowns. I got
950. I thought something must be wrong, but I figured it was my calculations.
Later, I thought SOMETHING MUST REALLY BE WRONG and I looked at the
receipt I got. Well, something was really wrong. For starters, I was
charged nearly 4 Euros for the map they gave me that I didn't ask
for.. I thought it was complimentary. Well, I went back to the shop
with no compliments in mind.
asked for an explanation of his math skills. The clerk said he had
nothing to talk to me about. Clearly written in English was a message
that said if you had any questions about the transaction, it had to
be done immediately. I was way too late. I held my ground and finally
had a bit of an explanation. There was a rate of buying Euros, Selling
Euros, and a much lower rate for Traveler's Checks. 50 Euros was considered
a small amount and given the Traveler's check rate. So, combining
the poor exchange rate and the map, I got the equivalent of about
35 Euros out of the joint. Then, I did a little research. It seemed
that this could have been the only agency with maps readily available,
at least the only ones I saw, but all agencies appeared to be out
to steal from you. After knowing what to look for (the fine print
that most tourists never noticed), you could get a closer to proper
rate only if you were trading for a certain amount. That amount ranged
from 15,000 to 50,000 Czech crowns. And, you may ask, how much was
that in Euros and dollars? Depending on the company, you needed to
at least exchange 557 Euros ($806) on up to 1,857 Euros ($2,687) to
get the advertised rate. Otherwise, it was the rate I got. As I checked
at one place, the woman at the counter questioned the exchange and
after my explanation demanded her money back. She never even stepped
away from the window, but she was refused. Lesson learned..
plastic in Prague. Never, ever, ever go to any money exchange places.
was livid. Of course, there was no getting anything back SO I lingered
around the place and warned other people before they could get ripped
off. The clerk was furious, too, and called security. It was some
bruiser who spoke no English. When I didn't leave, he threatened to
call the police. I should have stayed and talked to them but I thought
they probably spoke as little English as anyone else in Prague. Anyway,
I was glad I ruined his day. That helped. But the final revenge would
be warning others on the website. So be warned and safely enjoy your
money in Prague.