How it works:
- Version 1 (flat tire): when you return to your bike, a local tells you about your flat tire (he might have slashed it or let the air out while you were away). He helps you bring it to a nearby shop to get it fixed, then charges you a fee that is 3-5x the fair price.
- Version 2 (battery): when you try to start your bike, you find your bike battery dead. A local comes over and offers to sell you a new battery for 3-5x the fair price. He was the one who drained your battery in the first place.
Places to beware:
- Bali: Nusa Penida
- Lombok: Semeti Beach
What to do:
- Not much you can do besides parking in a paid lot or keeping your bike in sight.
- When faced with such a situation, decline a tout’s help and check with officials or your rental company on where to seek help.