I heard this segment on NPR’s Marketplace the other day about an effort in Philadelphia (PA) to require tour guides in the historic areas to take a test and be licensed or face a $300 fine for doing tours. Tour guides are trying to pull the old “we have the right to free speech” argument, which is so, like, 18th century. They also mentioned that Washington, DC, and New Orleans already have licensing requirements for their guides: guess that nixes my plan to earn a little extra money in the French Quarter on the weekends, or at least that particular plan.
If I had to make up a quick and easy test for tour guides to take here in Mississippi, it would look like this:
Dear Prospective Tour Guides,
This test has only one question. Get it wrong, and you are in no way fit to be a host or hostess in the Magnolia State. Get it right and congrats, you’re in! Can you work Fridays 3-5?
- A. Window
E. All of the above