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A 43-year-old Whitechapel man was being held by police on the Spanish island of Mallorca last night after the receptionist at the hotel he was booked into complained that when she checked him and his wife into their room he thanked her in Spanish and then went on to tell her he would like to rape her after dinner.

Toby Dell, a forklift truck driver from Vallance Road, told us last night: “I’d been learning a bit of Spanish from a guidebook so that I could interact with the locals and make a few basic requests like ordering a beer, asking directions and so on.

“All I did was to thank this girl and ask her what time the buffet opened for dinner in the evenings. I thought she’d be pleased that I’d made the effort.

“The next thing I knew, she’d slapped me across the face and called the police, or, policia, as they call them over here”

A spokesman for El Paradiso, the hotel where the alleged offence took place, said last night: “We’re used to the drunken English coming on to our waitresses and chambermaids but we draw the line at threats of rape after dinner”

This incident comes just two weeks after a Shoreditch man was given a 6-month sentence in Vilamoura in Portugal for calling a priest, ‘a fucking twat’, in church Latin after memorising a few phrases to use during The Eucharist

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