Boorish Aussie yobs dressed as businessmen
The invasion has been underway for years. The toxic pests have been infiltrating in ever increasing numbers and there seems to be no respite. They are loud, obnoxious and very, very rude travellers and they’re getting worse. Usually, those three adjectives are reserved for Americans — but no, I’m talking about Australian businessmen.
I travel around Asia quite extensively and see these guys constantly. Airports, hotels, restaurants, bars, you name it, they are infecting everywhere.
A few examples, some of these very important businessmen are unbelievably loud on mobile phones, because everybody in a hotel lounge is totally fascinated and impressed by their riveting, very important business conversations.
Then there’s the patronising and condescending attitude to staff (surprisingly, the words “thank you” are globally understood and appreciated when a waiter puts a drink in front of you). Grunts? Not so much. Or to the other extreme, blatantly and crassly hitting on the staff (as though these usually porky and balding lecherous lotharios would actually have a chance — quite pathetic).
I encountered some other examples recently, a pack of bogan business yobs were in a crowded hotel lobby using obscene Sunday-arvo-at-the-footy-with-the-boys language. I’m no prude, but time and place etc. Also, another mob turned up to a rather nice hotel restaurant in shorts and thongs. Does the word “shoes” mean anything to you?
I’m no psychologist, so I don’t quite know why this ugly behaviour manifests itself, a falsely inflated sense of importance or an underlying hint of racism? It would be interesting to see if these guys were the same at home.
I’m obviously not saying all Australian business types are like this, but seriously, when you come across these guys channelling Sir Les Patterson from 1972, you cringe that you share the same passport.
For years, some holidaying Aussies have been living the cliché in sweaty, alcohol-soaked, heaving hubs of humanity like the bars of Kuta in Bali and among the ping pong aficionados in Bangkok’s Patpong. Unfortunately, these charactertures are encroaching into the high end of town.
Over thirty years ago Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew warned that Australia was in danger of becoming the “poor white trash of Asia”. He was talking at the time about the economy, but continually coming across these boorish Aussie yobs, he might have been on to something.
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