The Funny Thing About Cities…

…is that they are full of crazy funny characters.


As tourism professionals working in rural areas, we often brag about how our communities count such unique local characters and storytellers.


Interestingly, the most surprising encounters I have ever had have always been in large cities. These moments, often happening out of the blue, stay imprinted in my mind with and leave a strange feeling of incredulity each time.


This week I was in Victoria, BC for a conference. One morning I was on walking to a downtown Café for breakfast, stopped at a traffic light.


A man walked straight towards me, looked at me in the eyes and said: “It’s a fine day. A fine day to rob a bank!”


I looked at him, with question marks all over my face.


He carried on: ” Robbing a bank is actually a fairly simple thing to do. But the reason why people get caught is that they can’t help but brag about it, and then they get caught!”


I responded: “Is that what you’re intending to do today then?”


Him: ” Well, yes!”


Me: “Then, perhaps you shouldn’t be telling me about it!”


Him: ” That’s okay because you don’t know me.”


Me; ” You are right, and most importantly, I don’t bank here.”


Him: “Oh good! Because today, I am going to rob my own bank.” and then he walked away.


Me: …


Of course, I know cities are full of quirky characters like this man and that I should probably forget this encounter has quickly as it happened.


But somehow, every day following it, I haven’t been able to help it; I have been checking the news to see if there had been any bank robbery attempts in Victoria that day.


Through this impromptu one minute conversation, this man, likely suffering from mythomania, has somehow stricken the most memorable story of my whole 4 days in the City….


Cities really do have something funny about them. Yep. They do…


Did you ever experience quirky encounters in cities?


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