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In Photos: Crazy Hostel Warning Signs

by Globetrooper Todd | 6 Responses
Do Not Disturb in Hostel

You can’t blame the people who run hostels; just imagine trying to control hundreds of sexually-charged youths cramped into sardine tins. Most of them have never once washed their own clothes, and now they’re being trusted with kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, and heaven forbid, an unrestricted supply of alcohol.

It’s no wonder why hostel proprietors need to get creative to control the unruliness. These photos (taken in a small hostel we stayed at on the French side of Montreal) show just how crazy the landlords themselves can get.

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Posted in Canada | June 16th, 2010

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