An English speaking couple were standing at a bus stop in Columbia when they were approached by a guy making a request. The English girl spoke some Spanish and from the guy’s demeanour and what he seemed to be saying, she thought he was asking the time. Her boyfriend was bilingual and understood his intent. ‘He’s mugging us’, he explained. ‘He wants our money.’
Roughly translated, the guy had said:
‘I hate to bother you, but would you please give me all of your money because if you don’t, I will have to harm you. Thank you ever so much for your cooperation.’
Wow, now that’s framing things very gently indeed!
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