$1 Shoe Repair on the Streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 🇱🇰


I am in Colombo, Sri Lanka where I have a wee problem with my shoes. These North Face hiking shoes have been caught on something and this is starting to pull away. The thread kinda, ripped out. Anyway, so that it doesn’t get any worse I kinda want to fix this and I’ve seen these guys over here have some threads and look like they’re fixing shoes and stuff. So maybe they are the perfect men who might be able to help. Hello sir. How are you? I have this small problem here. See this? You can fix? Oh, he’s saying “yes”. Okay, I’ll take it off then. No. Only this one. This one here you see.
Aye, yeah, yeah. See this? I want this.
Aye, aye, aye. Ah, how much this cost to fix? Yes, sewing, sewing, yes?
200 You can do? 200
Okay. Very reasonable. Okay. Ignore my mosquito bite covered legs while I take my shoe off, on this wet ground. Just stand like pirate [laughter] while he tries to fix it. I’ll just hop around. I would like to wander around the area, talking to the camera and make a good video for you guys but I’m kinda like stuck here right now. How are you sir? Good? You are the shoe fixing men?
What is you country? My country? From Scotland. I’m not gonna lean on it. A little bit, I need to lean on it. [laughter]
Country? My country is Scotland. Scotland.
You know Scotland? Whisky country. You know whisky? If you know Whisky, you know Scotland. Scotch, Scotch whisky. Good. Oh, what is this? A wee doggie. This your dog?
Cat. Cat. Cat? Oh it is a cat. I can only see its bum. [laughter] Okay. Okay, he’s telling me not to lean on this. I know. I need to lean on something mate. Okay, I’ll lean, I’ll do this. I’ll stand like a Jessie. I’ll stand like a Jessie, like this. So he’s found some black thread. That’s good. Oh, he’s given me another shoe to put on. Oh a slipper. Oh, fantastic. That’s perfect mate. Thank you. That’s better, innit? [laughter] I was hopping around. I was standing on one leg. [laughter] Okay, so he’s gonna fix this wee problem that I have. Obviously it’s a tiny wee problem but something like that can just get worse and worse and worse and that’s a nice pair of hiking shoes I’ve got there. Perfect for the rough streets of Colombo actually. So, I do want it fixed. I do want it secured so it doesn’t get any worse. You are Dale Philip, right?
Yeah, I’m Dale. How are you? Yeah, I know.
haha I’m making a little video, about getting my shoes fixed in Colombo. I was hiking and the thread pulled out so I want to get it fixed. This man is fixing it. I’m watching your videos.
You’re watching my videos? Ah. Maybe you can help me translate. Can you ask him, every day how many shoes is he fixing like this? Around 10 to 50. Around ten to fifteen every day and he’s here ever day? This is his main job, yeah?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Ah, good. How long has he been doing this job? Around 10 years.
Around 10 years? Ah, good. And what about you? What is your job? You’re not old enough to have a job, right?
Yeah, I still go to school. You still go to school, yeah? Yeah.
Ah, cool. What are you doing here today? I came to buy a bicycle. Oh, buy a bicycle? Ah, a good one?
Yeah. Better than the one I drove in Batticaloa? [laughter]
I saw that. You saw that, yeah?
Yes. That wasn’t the best bicycle, was it? You gonna get a good one? Yeah I’m going to get mountain gear. Oh one with gears and everything, yeah? And you’re going to ride it where? Around Colombo, or? No. Around my hometown area. Your home? Where is your hometown?
Moratuwa. Oh right. That’s like kinda far from here, right? Around 22 kilometers. Yeah, so you just came here just to buy the bike?
Yeah, yeah. And you came with your father or you came alone or what? No. This is one of my friends.
Oh. this is your friend. Ah okay. Pleased to meet you. My name is Dale. Ah okay. So you came to help him buy a bike? Okay. I’m just looking kinda stupid here but eh, I’ll look much better when I have a decent pair of fixed, perfect shoes. Bye.
Okay and good luck with your bike. Yeah.
Hope it’s a good one. Yeah.
Okay, see you. Okay, that’s nice. Having somebody to help translate. The benefit of getting popular, now, on Youtube. People coming up to you and helping you translate with the locals who can’t speak English. Perfect. I might see if I can buy myself a wee bag. I’m thinking about it. I bought a knockoff Ducatti bag in Bangkok, Thailand and the bloody zips have fallen off it. I just bought something cheap, because you know when like I was telling that guy, I did the bicycle videos. I needed something to strap the GoPro onto. Some backpack strap. So I just bought a wee cheap bag specifically for that but it’s rubbish. So I might buy a better knockoff bag from one of these stands. The last time I was here I asked the guy how much for a regular bag, about you know, the size that you can see over there. He was saying like 800, 800 rupees which is like $4 or something. Pretty cheap. Anyway, we’ll see how this guy’s getting on with the shoes. I thought he was just gonna run a bit of thread through it but he’s got all sorts. He’s got glue and he’s he’s making little holes and he seems to know what he’s doing. That looks well secured. Oh, very good.
Very good. So he’s glued it and sewed it. Double secured. Fantastic. Is it dry? Aye. Okay, I think we’re gonna have to wait for it to dry a bit but I can probably wear it in the mean time. Let’s see. Urghhhhhh.
He’s saying no touch it. Yeah, because the glue is still drying, yeah? But I can wear it, right? I think I can wear it. Okay, looks good. Let’s see. Okay. He’s gonna help me tie it since I’m one-handed. A lot of you in the comments are like “Tie your own laces Dale!” “Who do you think you are, getting the man to tie your laces for you?” Look, I have one free hand. It’s difficult vlogging and doing stuff at the same time and trying to keep the video entertaining while you’re stuck in one spot. [laughter] Okay, so we’re in Pettah. Actually, this is where I’ve done previous market videos. So you fixed it for me? Look at this. A little extra attention to detail, tucking the laces in for me. What a nice man. Fantastic my friend. Is that us done, yeah? How much? 200, yeah? Aye.
Okay. Here’s a wee tip for you. Take 500. Okay? Have a nice day guys.
Okay. See you. Okay. [laughter] Thank you.
Thank you. And you, thank you. Have a nice day my friend. Bye bye.
Bye. Bye bye. Okay. That’s nice, innit? That’s the kinda service you want. You wouldn’t be able to do that in the UK, in Scotland. If I wanted my shoes fixed I’d pretty much, I’d probably ask my mum actually. My mum would probably fix them for me for free but if I was somewhere where my mum wasn’t. I’m running away from this music before it ruins my video. I don’t want the money sir.
Really, uh? So why are you helping me if you don’t want money? Because Australian people is a good. My brother is in Perth. My brother is living in Perth. You brother is living in Australia, uh? Yeah, Australia. So what are you doing here? I’m a [inaudible] ship. You’re a what? I work in a ship. I working. You working in the ship?
Ships. You work on a ship or you working in the ship? No, no, no. In the ship, a cargo ship. Cargo ship, yeah? I think Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Texas, Florida. Ah, okay. That why sir, I say Australian people, my brother is coming everybody. Ah, okay, good. Because I never drink. I drink only one month on this bar. Yeah? Okay. Because I go. Okay, there’s many stuff here. I will look on my own my friend. I will look on my own. No need to guide me. Come sir.
Uh? Oh really, uh? Columbia bags. Who’s shop is this? Who’s shop is this? Which one you like? I dunno. I need to know how much these things are. How much are they?
Look, they all bag. Who’s the, who’s the owner of the shop? He’s the owner, he’s coming. How much the Under Armour bag? How much? How much the bags?
This one is [inaudible]. Very good quality. Yeah, how much though? How much? 5,500 good quality. 5,500? Ah, okay.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. This one cheap. Ah, okay. No worries. Someone else selling this kind for like 800 or something, so. This one 3,000. Same quality.
3,000 yeah? No worries. Ah, no worries. Okay, thanks for letting me know. Thank you. Uh?
Excuse me. In here earphones. Uh?
Earphone. Earphones for what? Ah, okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Actually, you can put it in. Ah, okay. Okay, thanks for letting me know. Thanks. Okay. How much you are looking to buy for?
Uh? How much you’re looking to buy? Like 800 or something like this. How much?
800. I seen it before.
800? Yeah, you think it’s cheap?
Who say 800? This man with a Muslim hat. He said 800 for me. [laughter]
Really. No? No?
Excuse me. Excuse me. You’re laughing at me. Why you laughing. Why you laughing? I give 4,000. No, no, no, no.
1, 2, 3, 4. I give you 4,000 if you bring one bag.
Okay. Okay, okay, thank you. Okay, give me. Okay, give me, give me then. [laughter] [laughter] You crazy sir. If you can buy 800 I give 4,000 for you.
Really? Okay, come. We buy one for 800.
Nahhhh. Come then. We buy one for 800. Okay. Nice to see you my friend. Nice to see you. Bye! Okay, so that guy right there was the bloody Tsunami Temple Scammer from my Tsunami Temple Scam video. I’m just walking around in Pettah and he’s like, he come up to me and he was like “You want to see Tsunami Temple, Tsunami Temple?” And I’m like, oh, GoPro, get it out my pocket. Turn it on. And then I start saying. I start looking at bags and stuff. He’s like “Oh, you want a bag?” “Oh my brother has a shop. My friend has a shop.” And he starts “Come, come, come! Let’s buy a bag!” And I knew obviously, I’m not gonna bloody go with him and buy a bag. I just wanted to see how much he’d try and charge me for a bag that I know costs 800 from a legitimate stall over there. And 5,500 apparently. And then after rejecting that, 3,300 or something. So just another bloody scam. Here, that guy, obviously into everything. Scam temples, scam shops, scam everything. Aye. That guy, he needs locked away so he does. So he bloody does. Anyway. I guess this is gonna be a short video but I know a lot of people seem my Tsunami Temple Scammer video and might like to see the follow up. It’s very interesting, isn’t it? This is the first time I’ve really walked around the Pettah area in the daytime since then and I see the same guy again. So imagine how much foreigners, how many tourists end up coming into contact with that guy, every day. And I had some comments on my last video saying “Oh Dale, he’s just a guide mate. He’s just a guide.” “He’s not a scammer. He’s just hustling. He’s not a scammer.” He is a scammer. He’s trying to take people to a fake tsunami temple that doesn’t exist and then like you just seen there, trying to guide tourists to, touting tourists to go and buy overpriced, by like 5 times the price, goods. So, aye, that’s a scammer in my book. Anyway, from the mean streets of Colombo, make sure to stay safe, ignore idiots like that when they come up to you. Yer man just talks to them because he’s making a video. He wants to expose the guy and show you guys who not to talk to. But yeah, this guy comes up to you in the street, two words, piss off! And that’s it done. But for now, I’m gonna go for a wee wander and I will see you guys on the next video. Peace.

100 thoughts on “$1 Shoe Repair on the Streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 🇱🇰

  1. Scam was telling the owner to increase the price by rs 1000 but I think the owner wanted to step it up to make a profit of 3000 out of it . Good thing you escaped.

  2. Scotland is known for whiskey and the bagpipes. Some good celtic marching music

  3. Hey dale what’s up ? I feel like your going to be stuck in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 😂, I’m so jealous with you because I miss my country almost 8 years, but I’m going to visit soon. your making fantastic videos,good luck!!

  4. 😃it is an nice ,short & sweet , and educated,video dale.the scammer didn’t remember you🤣but you remembered him.Finally he felt ashamed 🤪but he tried to show others he was the right one.😏but i think those people know about him.very cunning guy😖.funny.. it is great that you can reorganize the people like him.
    Thank you dale for another nice video.!🥳

  5. He told the bag shop owner to add extra thousand rupees ( daahak thiyala kiyanna )

  6. Scams are a part of the excitement of travel.
    It's all about being aware of the scammers and checking out the price of what you wish to buy in a few places before settleing on a price.
    You've got give them credit for trying I suppose life is not all that easy in places like Sri lanka.

  7. Hi dale. Im a srilanka man from colombo. I subscribe and press bell icon on your youtube channel and every day when you put a video i watch it full and like, comment, and share your video. 🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰
    Thats shoe rapire real prize is rs.50/= and that bag real prize is rs.1000/= that all mans is going to cheate you. Im very worry about our people😔
    But we all love you and your videos by from our heart. IF YOU LIKE YOU CAN COME OUR HOME AND HAD A PERFRCT SRILANKAN LUNCH AND DESSERT WITH MY FAMILY MEMBERS.❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
    If you like please whatsapp or call me :- 0094761264993

    Thankyou🙏

  8. Does anyone know who that guy is? also, what was he saying to the owner? not even a single comment?

  9. ඔය වගේ උන් හින්දා තමා tourists ලා කලකිරෙන්නෙ

  10. Pettah is the place with most cunning people. 90% people are so bad in pettah side.Usually ppl don't want to buy things from them.Their goods also really low quality and cheep.They are really shame to our country.They can't go up forever.Cunning mind keep them forever in same position.

  11. Sensible of you to not to fall for theses scammers. Good luck on your future endeavours

  12. Need to hit the rest of South Asia, like India, Bhutan, Nepal etc. Ya strong legs will take ya far up the Himalayas!

  13. 8.04 mins, Scam was saying to increase the price by Rs1000! 😠

  14. Colombo flower street people are very bad and cunning. First they show they helping us then they loot people. Don't go there.

  15. Would love to see you vlogging in the streets dale!!! I’m on the hunt to meet you Hahahaha I have my eyes on

  16. You are a nice person brother. I watch ur all videos. Some people may cheat u. Be careful brother

  17. in pettah, prices increase exponentially with every shade of skin tone u r lighter

  18. 8:53
    DALE : ok ok give me
    SCAMMER: (thinking) i got a wrong man

  19. Nice video Dale. Shame about the scammers who can't help themselves bothering tourists.

  20. Mateee 9 bloody months ago? I felt like I only been watching your videos for 3 months or so

  21. @Dale Philip come to Butala city
    it's beautiful here

  22. Sri Lankan's per-se are not scammers, however there maybe a couple of uneducated people who scam random people to earn a couple of extra bucks in their day. We strongly suggest to always use either a trusted guide or Destination Management Company to organize a tour for you so you do not have to be concerned about any such scams, fraud or other related issues.

  23. Dale If can came to Batticaloa Srilanka… We can helping you……..

  24. Man. i love your videos so much i don't care how long your video but i still love watching your videos.#STAY ON CEMERA

  25. If you need any help in Sri Lanka ask a random guy (not a tok tok guys or generally guys that come to you and ask shit) ..They will help you, but you already know the drill

  26. හිතා ගන්න බෑ අපේ මිනිස්සු මොන වගේ උන්ද කියල

  27. Hi bro all video I am look nice video I am from Sri Lanka

  28. 8:04 Hey Dale, that scammer mentioned this to the shopkeeper: "daahak tiyala kiyanna" ("දාහක් (1,000) තියලා කියන්න"), which means add LKR 1,000 to the total amount and give you the price.. That (scammer) bugger want's to extort Rs 1,000 from you.. He is a bloody PIG… LoL 😂😁😂… Beware of such scammers bro 😂

  29. Hey Dale. Really enjoyed watching your video. Thanks for exposing those bad-ass scammers.. LoL 😂👍

  30. We have see philip  doing convertation with kids and we saw the different bitween educated and non educated or may be society.there was calm knowledge respect..dear srilanka we have so many things learn and understand from mr.philip's videos specially for the person who raise there hand for riligion and county

  31. Hi Dale
    Nice to see you in sri lanka again.
    As a Sri Lankan I am sorry about that man's attitude.
    Those are the guys distorting our reputation among the tourists. I'll gone a report this to authorities about that.
    Again sorry about that happened.
    I am also in a hospitality industry that's why I hate that.
    You are doing great help for develop our torisom in sri lanka.
    See you on your next video.
    I am Harsha Madhuranga.
    Executive chef at Ministry of crab Bangkok.
    Let me know when you in Bangkok again.
    Thank you.

  32. F*****g scammer destroy our country image. Good job Dale for exposing these people.
    Dale you are very famous in SL. Thanks for taking positive image to outside. BTW my country is not dangerous like the other countries in the region

  33. wow bro, when i watched your video, i was heading to sri lanka. Now I have left the country after 2 weeks, you still wandering through there, lol

  34. Just marketing unbranded items to scam tourists so be careful from scams peoples 🖐🏻

  35. When you enter to the pettah market For buy anything means you can check your bargain skill 🤪 If you are a foreigner or local doesn't matter you have to more bargain 😃 Also please avoid those scammers when you meet. Cheers we love you dale 👍🌷

  36. This is a great part of travelling abroad. People are all around who will fix anything cheaply. I love spending money with small entrepreneurs like that guy.

  37. I dare dale to go to a karaoke centre in Sri Lanka and sign his heart out

    Keep up the good work 👍👍👍

  38. For goodness sake Dale, what is it with you and these 11 min videos….and no food included either?? Light weight 😄

  39. As a Sri Lankan really shame on that kind of people. They give bad impression about the country. But mejority of the people are really hospitable and honest.

  40. bro i watched your video which you come to city of kandy…✌

  41. Your videos are priceless. Thank you for giving me much more knowledges about the world.

  42. Hi Dale good to see you in my country. I'm married to a scottish and he is from Glasgow

  43. its kinda rude for people to tie your shoes and you standing like a king. i dont like it.

  44. 8:00 He says "Dahak thiyala kiyanna" – That means increase the price by a thousand rupees.

  45. It’s not right to let a person tie your shoe lace 😡👎🏻

  46. ලංකාව ඉන්න මිනිස්සු ගැන ලැජ්ජ හිතුනා..🇱🇰😔

  47. ලංකාවෙ නම කන්න එපා හුත්තිගෙ කඩ කාරයො

  48. Some ppl vcheap mided mr dale sorry to say that, shame on us 😔😔

  49. Hey next week I'm going kandy if you came and join me 0752366400 this my number

  50. Just ‘found’ your channel
    Love it ! Watched some videos from Indonesia 👍🏾

  51. Nice to hear that you aware with these scammer, please stay safe Dale.. God Blessed you😊 very enjoyable to watch your videos from Indonesia🙋

  52. The man who scam tells to the shop owner that he want a rs.1000 from the business. How I know that? I'm a sri lankan and I know sinhala. Please avoid from that scams. Please don't misunderstand the all the peoples in Sri Lanka. Sri lanka is beautiful and best country for traveling. ❤️

  53. Yes that idiots should be locked away for good! These are the idiots who brings bad name for my country! Such a shame!

  54. Hi Dale, are you posting videos from one of your earlier visits….. surely there was no rain in Colombo during last month… These must be from last year…

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