How not to find a toilet in Cameroon

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A tourist steps outside the door of the store.

He approaches the next pedestrian he sees.

«Pardon me, where can I go to make a pee ?»

«Excusez-moi, monsieur ?»

«Erm....I have to pee, where can I find a toilet ?»

«Pardon, je ne comprends rien»

«Do you speak German ? Ich muss pinkeln, dringend»

«Picken ? Une fois de plus, monsieur, je m'excuse, mais....»

He makes a sign to another man passing by to come.

«Eh, mec, s'il te plait, le monsieur ici a un problem, et je

ne comprends rien.»

The third man joins the two and the tourist repeats:

«Thank god, please, I  gotta go make a pee, urgently! Where can

I go?»

The third man scratches his head and tells the other:

«Je pense qu'il veut aller à Maképé, c'est ça qu'il a dit.»

(I think he wants to go to Maképé, that's what he said)

«Ah, je comprends maintenant. Monsieur?»


«You go Maképé!»

« Yeah man, you got it. Make a pee. Now, please, tell me,



The first man smirks, points somewhere and replies in

English again:

«Maképé there. You taxi go».

The tourist doesn't believe his ears and starts to get


«Are you somewhat crazy ?? Take a taxi somewhere to take

a leak ? Shit ! Don't bullshit me ! You just want to rip me off,

you and your friend here!»

The two look at each other, puzzled about that verbal outbreak,

and they retreat.

«Wait, wait!!»

«Yes, monsieur, il y a quoi ? Vous voulez aller à Maképé, alors

on vous a montré comment faire. Excusez-nous maintenant.»

(You want to go to Maképé, we showed you. Now goodbye)

The tourist helplessly makes his way back to the store.

Maybe the store owner can explain to him that a suburb of Douala

is named Maképé, which is pronounced like the English

make a pee. He probably should have used sign language, one

might think...


Leroy Added Dec 1, 2014 - 9:47pm
Just need to know 2 letters, WC.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 2, 2014 - 6:06am
...vraiment. Au début je voulais dire qu'il s'agit d'un Americain mais j'ai laissé....;-)
Stone-Eater Added Dec 2, 2014 - 6:08am
That would probably work, but since the resemblance between Maképé and Make A Pee is so close I kept the story that way. There ARE lots of misunderstandings there, in fact!
Stone-Eater Added Dec 3, 2014 - 3:32am
Cryptic....what's MD ? Please explain to someone just coming out of the jungle ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Dec 3, 2014 - 6:00am
Oh hehe......PPP (Prostate problem pissers, please wait...)
Stone-Eater Added Dec 4, 2014 - 3:52pm
Hi all !
I cut the film today, and a version is now on youtube. Check it out:
Some images of Cameroon there :-)
Dave Volek Added Dec 7, 2014 - 1:35pm
When I was in Czechoslovakia after communism fell, all the public toilets were labelled "WC". It's amazing how far this British expression went.
Mark Hunter Added May 20, 2017 - 5:14am
Most people wouldn't get "WC" here in middle America -- but I'll bet a few universal signs of bladder distress would get the job done!

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