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From what we were told while in Egypt, the tourist police earn considerably less than the national average wage, so naturally attempt to supplement their earnings with baksheesh. They will almost certainly try to get you to let them take photos of you with their camels, and then charge you for this 'service'. This was pretty much our first experience of this sort of thing, so we got sucked in, but while they did start asking for British money we had none on us, and we got away with only giving them 2LE (worth about 20p). They were friendly enough that we weren't too bothered about the small rip-off.
Unique Suggestions: If you don't particularly fancy a photo of tourist police and their camel, simply say no thanks - 'la shukran' (a phrase which becomes remarkably useful!).
Written Apr 1, 2008