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British tourist chased by Nepalese woman hurling rocks after complaining about paying £1 for cup of tea

'You English people are rich. Why bargain?'

Lydia Smith
Wednesday 20 September 2017 10:52 BST
Fight erupts in Nepalese countryside between British tourist and local over tea

A British tourist was chased along a mountain path by an angry local in Nepal, after she complained about the price of a cup of tea.

Gemma Wilson, 35, was trekking along the Annapurna Circuit with her teenage stepson when they stopped to buy refreshments at a tea house.

Ms Wilson complained to the shop owner after being told a black tea would cost 150 rupees (£1), insisting she normally paid less.

“I always ask how much something is first before buying and for some reason I didn't this time. I had always paid 50 rupee for black tea,” Ms Wilson told the Mirror.

“When I got up to pay she told it was 150 rupee. I asked her again and she repeated it, so I got the money out and paid her, but I said to her it was seriously pricey.”

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the majority of its citizens surviving on less than 75p a day.

When Ms Wilson and her stepson left the tea shop, they stopped to take photos of the sign outside.

The owner spotted the pair taking pictures and ran towards them, calling Ms Wilson a “b***h” and attempting to hit her with a plank of wood.

The incident was caught on camera.

As Ms Wilson and her stepson walked away, the woman chased them along the path throwing stones.

“You English people are rich. Why bargain?” she can be heard saying.

Ms Wilson said she was left unharmed, with the exception of a bruise on her hand.

“I was just begging her to leave us alone,” Ms Wilson said.

“I knew fighting back was a really bad idea because had I gone over the edge it is highly likely I would have died.”

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