World's Worst Tourists: Do Germans Really Steal Tips?
Despite an Expedia survey suggesting Germans were the world's most popular tourists, anecdotal evidence seems to suggest the opposite. In a BBC Talking Point forum, German tourists were frequently mentioned. Of course, there are a whole stack of German tourists out there, increasing the probability that they'll annoy somebody, somewhere.
Excuses aside, apparently it is not only their habit of putting their towels on pool chairs before dawn that's considered very annoying: a traveler who'd backpacked around Asia said they'd seen a lot of German tourists "treating the Asians quite rudely". A tourist worker from Bali described German tourists as the most arrogant on the planet, and someone who'd worked in a London restaurant near a major tourist attraction said "the rudest tourists tended to be either very young or very old Germans".
One commenter even said they had "caught a German stealing from the tip plate on the bar more than once in Tunisia". We've heard Germans are supposed to be stingy, but stealing from the tip plate?!