Most people who travel to Paris for the first time expect to find people smiling and laughing at all times in the ‘city of love’. This is not so. People in Paris know that the tourists come no matter what so the smiling has long gone. And when you do things not according to their manner, you will hear about it.
Such was the case of a pregnant French woman who decided to cut a few hundred meters in a Parisian metro to get to her next stop. As she walked in the ‘wrong’ direction, she was fined immediately.
Just as in London where you will get booed for not putting yourself on the ‘right’ of the automatic escalators so the people wanting to rush can get past you on the ‘left’, in Paris you are supposed to follow the group going to a certain direction. The public transport moves much like in New York, there’s a river of people and you’re not supposed to swim in the other direction.
However, a $74 fine for such a small offense now causes a lot of comments on social media.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">60€ d’amende sans préavis pour une femme enceinte qui prend un couloir à contre-sens. Bravo pour ce racket facile. Par contre il y a toujours autant de mendiants réguliers, de fraudeurs sans tickets, de pickpockets… cc: <a href="https://twitter.com/le_Parisien?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@le_Parisien</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/lemondefr?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@lemondefr</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TransportsIDF?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TransportsIDF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Ligne1_RATP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Ligne1_RATP</a> <a href="https://t.co/OUCfDqHIbe">pic.twitter.com/OUCfDqHIbe</a></p>— Nicolas MATTIOCCO (@MaKyOtOx) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaKyOtOx/status/968411531150004225?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Tourists claim that they do not know about all these ‘rules’ in most European cities and wished they would be explained in a better manner.
In Italy’s fairy-tale city of Venice for example, you are supposed to buy a ticket for the ‘boat’ which operates like a metro, and then you should inside the boat push it against a machine even though you are already on board. Forget about it, and you pay a $60 fine, right there on the spot.