Major tourist destinations are filled with souvenir shops — and, unlike the candy stores on London’s Oxford Street that are devoid of customers and most likely a front for money laundering, the sale of t-shirts, plush toys and bottle openers to visitors is big business. Travelers love to take overpriced trinkets home.
I have a friend who has visited nearly 100 of the 165 Hard Rock Cafe locations in the world — he hopes to visit them all, which would be an impressive feat! At each cafe, he buys a t-shirt to mark the occasion, and you’d be hard-pressed to spot him wearing anything but a Hard Rock tee. I support his endeavor, as the Hard Rock brand and restaurants are owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which shares a special relationship with my alma mater, Florida State University. Go ‘Noles!
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