Well said Sliema2.
I particularly enjoyed your comments in the first reply before it was amended
I visit Malta with my mom so when they scum approach us I do not stop or make eye contact and just say 'no thank you' If they are persistent and follow us I tell them we are mother and son and they usually go away.
The two I hate the most are the old biddies on the front at Qawra (Qawra Palace I think) both got a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp.
One of the blokes in Bugibba Square can get very nasty with people who try to argue the point with him but when ever he sees my mom and I he waves if he is busy trying to cozen some poor unsuspecting tourist otherwise he comes over for a natter and never ever talks 'shop'.
Our favourite is the young Scotish lady who touts the main street in Mellieha. She is due to marry a Maltese who lives in birkirkara. She lives in St Pauls Bay. We talk with her for ages every time we visit and she never tries 'the sell' on us either. Lovely person.
Although non of us like their jobs nor M.O. some of them.......NO, a few of them........NO NO NO...... one or two of them are very nice people underneath.
Can't wait till November when it cools down. Going again for 3 weeks