You know scams happen to the best of us. I wandered down to the Tanneries in Marrakech, Morocco and of course they said it is free to walk around. You know you are going to have to pay something, it is definitely obvious. They let you inside and I realized there was another group walking around but this one with a local tour guide. I of course showed up alone. They do their best to funnel you the way you want to go, and that you can take photos. And of course they make sure that you go to the place to go buy over priced leather goods. I will have to say though, beyond the smell of the place, I did enjoy getting the chance to see it and take some great photographs. When you exit though, they make sure that they get some more money out of you however. They quickly surrounded me upon exit and wouldn’t let me leave. They demanded “payment” for seeing the tanneries, even though it was “free” to go in, it was a required tip I guess. I didn’t mind tipping but the price they expected was ridiculous even by western standards. But it is definitely nerve wracking, and they were taking aggressive stances, and it gets difficult to explain how much money you actually do have (which wasn’t a lot with me) when you have an expensive camera with you. I stood my ground and I paid a more reasonable price (but still higher than it was worth). And in an almost unbelievable move, one of the guys surrounding me asked for another tip for him for introducing me to the person who ripped me off! I told him to get his cut from the rest of them and moved on. I’ll credit his gumption there though! So if you do go to the Tanneries, do know that they will try to take as much money as they can off you.
I do however like the photos I got though, and nothing bad did happen. So in the end, still a win.