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Apparently, some of the hotels in Philadelphia's downtown area have been having a problem with waiters from various temp agencies (who are not hotel employees) trying to scam guests who order room service. Unfortuantely, this scam was attempted on us during our recent stay. This is what happened, don't let it happen to you no matter what city or hotel you are staying in: We ordered a couple of sandwiches from room service, a very normal thing as we were really tired from walking around all day and didn't feel like going out. The food arrives at our room and the waiter asks, "How are you going to pay for this? Cash or credit card?" So we tell him that we are going to just charge it to our room as they already have our credit card number on file. The waiter then goes into this lengthy explaination of how gratuity and service charges can not be applied to the room and must be paid by cash or by credit card and insists that we need to provide him with one or the other. We only had $5 cash at the time and told him that we had the credit card on file and if that wasn't sufficient then to have a manager call us. A few hours pass and the waiter shows up AGAIN, insisting that we give him our credit card number and our PIN! I refused to do this and feeling suspicious and annoyed, I called the hotel manager who came up immediately with a police officer. After we explained what had happened they arrested our waiter and took him away. Never give anyone your credit card number unless you are sure it is legitamate!
Written Jan 31, 2005
This is a city across the river. The waterfront has a stellar acuarium and an air carrier and can be visited by a water taxi.
I did take the NJ subway line into it and walked through the city to get to the acuarium; this was a mistake, and I would not recommend. I was not accosted or mugged, but I felt very uncomfortable.
Written Jan 26, 2005
Treat the hoods as a drive-through territory in the Philly metro area at night. Don't try your luck. If you're walking late at night a deserted street cross to the other side if you see someone walking towards you and you're not too comfortable about them.
Exercise common sense caution anywhere in the city of Philadelphia (suburbs are ok) at night if you don't see people around.
This might give you an idea...At the orientation when I started my university study in Philly all of the students were given a safety whistle to carry with us at all times. I personally didn't carry it, found it after graduation again. Just food for thought.
Besides that I like Philly.
Written Jan 8, 2005
I recommend not driving if you're a visitor and you plan to spend most of your time in Center City, simply because you won't need to. If you do rent a car, however, be sure to lock it up. Auto theft is a problem.
Updated May 12, 2004
Don't ever drive with your own car and look for new tires or a broken trunk locker....you'll spend half of your vacation getting the new tires rotated so they won't shake any longer... (oh, no, sorry, that wasn't Phily...it was PepBoys in Delaware....)
Written Sep 12, 2002
Picture says it all....
don't leave yer bike around for
Note: this is not my bike and I don't
know how long it had been standing there
till it got stripped naked like this...
I just happen to walk by and took a pic...
Written Aug 26, 2002
If you rent a car, before you leave your car you have to not only lock your car but also park your car near to crowded area. Do not put anything inside the car visible through the windows. Do not follow the any type of baits.
Written Aug 26, 2002
Umm, if you're a 15 year old kid with a large suitcase coming out of a bus station. Don't happily give your stuff to the first self confessed taxi driver that comes your way. You might find that he invites himself for a Chinese dinner and a soda from the nearest supermarket before taking 20 dollars for a ride home!
Updated Aug 26, 2002
Watch out for Ghosts!! This is also where the staypuff marshmellow man came and destroyed this building.
Updated Aug 5, 2005
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