Undercover on a Segway: Tourists beware

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Undercover on a Segway


A report from the seamy underworld of unlicensed tour guides



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A TERRIBLE threat stalks the streets of Washington, DC: unlicensed tour guides. These brazen lawbreakers imperil the public by showing them around the nation’s capital without a permit. Your correspondent went undercover to observe at first hand the dangers tourists face in their clutches. It was harrowing. First, your correspondent had to balance on a Segway, a two-wheeled vehicle from which she could have fallen several inches to the cold, hard pavement. “Just try to relax,” purred Bill Main, the outlaw guide, “It’s easy.” With white knuckles and a pink helmet, the tour began.
Mr Main never took the exam to become a tour guide, so your correspondent braced herself to hear a torrent of errors. Would …

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