South African holidaymakers searching for their hotel with "splendid views" of the pier in Eastbourne, Sussex, had one problem. They were 12,000 miles away in Eastbourne, New Zealand.[Previous TGIS]
Michael and Sunette Adendorff thought something was wrong with their hire car's GPS as they drove around in circles in the Wellington suburb, looking for the £90-a-night Majestic Hotel on Royal Parade.
When they pulled into the local chemist's shop to ask directions, they were shocked to discover that Eastbourne (population 4,600), New Zealand, does not even have a hotel.
Shop assistant Linda Burke said: "They just walked in and asked me where Royal Parade was, with the Majestic Hotel.
"I said: Oh no, there's no hotel here.
"I looked at it and said: That's in the UK, that's in England.
"He checked on the internet and said he did think it was funny they charged him in pounds."
16 September 2011
TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (337)
This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Tuesday, September 13; link good at time of posting):