“Less than a dollar, is it expensive?” : YouTuber’s video negotiation for street snack in Jaipur sparks online debate
India remains one of the first countries to attract tourists from all over the world every year, whether for its culture or its historical monuments. And a big part of the Indian experience is sampling traditional Indian food and street food. However, a recent video by a vlogger has started a serious conversation online about foreigners paying more than locals. At the center of the debate is a video of star Scottish poker player and YouTuber Dale Philip.
Philip, who has traveled extensively around the world, has established himself as a well-known backpacker sharing his candid experiences. While visiting some of the world’s most famous cities, he also often shares tips to avoid scammers and scammers to warn other travelers. In one such recent TikTok clip, he pointed out how street vendors can often charge strangers far more than the actual price. Although he managed to get his way at a “fair price”, few people were impressed by his negotiating skills.
In a TikTok video from his Jaipur diary, Philip is seen leisurely walking, enjoying the afternoon, when he suddenly spots a young food vendor. Intrigued by the small balls on a huge plate that a young salesman is carrying, Philip stops to ask if it is something sweet.
Due to the language gap, while the young boy fails to explain in English the taste of the item, he somehow manages to name it. “Loblachi”, we hear the young man say, following his price, “Two pieces for Rs 100”. Shocked by the price, Philip is heard gasping and almost screaming in shock that it is very expensive. Realizing he might be losing a customer, the waiter immediately cuts the price in half. However, Philip is not satisfied, saying, “It’s too expensive, my friend.”
“Why locals don’t like tourists” pic.twitter.com/N3m0jByVVA
— Yugopnik (@yugopnik) June 28, 2022
As he tries to walk away, the young salesman calls him and offers to sell one piece for only Rs 10. Even though the boy tries to sell two, Philip refuses buying only one, not knowing if he will like it or not. Curious, we see him eating it and being pleasantly surprised by comparing it to cotton candy. He pays another extra bill of Rs 10 to the boy, not for a second room but to be his cameraman.
Although he loved the food, he was unimpressed with the experience, concluding his video by saying, “What a cheek. Charge me 100 for two rooms. Try with the white man’s price.
While the viral video, with over 25 million views and nearly 2 million likes, didn’t really bother anyone on TikTok, on Twitter it opened up a different conversation. Many were angry with Philip and criticized him for being “obnoxious” and “lean”. People argued that bearing in mind the currency gap, why was it difficult for Westerners to pay a fair price in their own currency when travel abroad.
While most people were furious online, there were also a few who were supportive of Philip.
$1 is too much..? https://t.co/dYFDpnMJia pic.twitter.com/RPMLZfK01q
— ️️ ️️️🦋 (@Yu__Me__Ko__) June 30, 2022
He could have at least given it US$14-25 just off the strength of the exchange rates. And he is British, which is superior to the United States
I’m looking aside to anyone visiting certain areas because you’re all going to keep people in poverty when you actually have it? Ugly behavior. https://t.co/ICsRRxOcZL
— the Devil does not need a lawyer. (@Down2MarsGirl) June 30, 2022
It’s actually absolutely despicable. 50 rupees is $0.60. Bargain with an exploited child from the Global South for SIXTY CENT??? And I bet these are the same people who claim that tourism brings money to southern countries 🤡 https://t.co/p1ZLvEFgO5
— Francesca Tacchi 🍋🫒 is busy moving (@jackdaw_writes) June 30, 2022
he told her two for a dollar and he walked off talking about “the nerve” can’t stand these ugly colonizers https://t.co/u6SDYqxQKh
— C. (@crackdaya) June 30, 2022
Westerners who travel to the Global South to take advantage of the monetary gap are so parasitic because this monetary gap exists because the West extracts wealth from the Global South because of imperialism. https://t.co/HL8huYPt1B
— Noodles 🐉 (@NoodlesTori) June 29, 2022
“10 rupees to be the cameraman” https://t.co/fyy33GUMQQ pic.twitter.com/HyW5XqQvKz
— lu 🦇 #RHATO (@cuzallu) June 30, 2022
The original price was a dollar haggling with a kid wearing shit on his head for a dollar. What’s he going to do with a penny.
– Wet ass word (@like_argue) June 30, 2022
Considering the fact that most tourists have incomes on average 20-40 times that of locals, I would say that’s more than fair.
— Tsuki (@AmaiTsukiChan) June 30, 2022
I think most people who travel know that. The problem a lot of people have is that he trades pennies. Overpaying £1 is nothing. Personally, I would have paid the kid more. Of course, he probably charges the locals a lot less, but the locals have less income anyway.
— Mrs. (@MotherlodeMami) June 30, 2022
The same people will donate $5 or more for that item in Starbucks without hesitation.
— Chris V. (@chrisvt) June 29, 2022
He wasn’t asking too much. There’s a price to pay for being on camera and he added that since you were advertising him to millions.
I got ice candy in my own country for 100 rupees, when I could have had it for 5 rupees in my own locality. It’s OK if you can afford it.
— Fahad Yousaf (@FahadMahaar) June 30, 2022
Seeing the poverty there and the struggle that life is for so many people, I could 100% understand why people were trying to make as much money as possible from people they perceived to be, and who are in comparison, very wealthy
— Marone Razor (@Streettough) June 30, 2022
But I think it still happens in some cities? When a taxi or a salesman offers tourists the overpriced price and when tourists say no. They will offer a better price. Because they want customers. So if we don’t ask for the discount but they offer. Is it so bad?
— salmon lover (@0407pm) June 30, 2022
then it’s your fault. you should at least know what it is before you book a flight to another country and leave clueless. He has made these trips several times for sure. No way he’s buying two pieces for less than a dollar. It is a victory for him but not for the child.
— zo.weee (@zem0ku) June 30, 2022
We never seem to sit any of the videos where Dale pays generously in tips, we never get to see the ones where he stops trying to get ripped off, I wonder why. Why do we broadcast negative videos and not positive ones 🤔🤔
—Bule Bolang (@BolangBule) June 30, 2022
I think most people who are angry about this are very out of touch with reality and they have no idea how these cultures view bargaining
— Sensho (@SZNSHX) June 30, 2022