A cruel stereotype that’s often thrown about says that Gozitans are known to be cheapskates, doing whatever they can to save some money – but one Maltese man’s recent account of his trip to Gozo might just prove that the stereotype has no basis in reality.
“Let’s see anyone speak against Gozitans to me from now on,” said Tony Mallia, the man behind a post that garnered over 3,400 reactions and 250 comments in less than a day.
“While in Gozo this weekend we suffered a puncture and required to have a tyre change,” he continued. “We stopped at Ryan’s Tyre Service at Victoria, had a quick tyre replacement with a good service paid and left.”
However, their Gozitan adventure was far from over.
“The day after we were on our way to Mġarr to catch the ferry and noticed that we were being followed by a motorcycle. We continued to Mġarr and when we were in the queue to pay for the ferry this Ryan turned up,” Tonio recounted.
“I was surprised and astonished because he told us that he recognized the car and he came to catch us up because he charged us €10 extra the day before for the tyre change and he came to give it back. Unbelievable to find some few good men around,” Tonio ended.
Needless to say, the post generated tons of Gozitan love
People were quick to praise Ryan, as well as Gozitans in general, and lamented their undeserved bad reputation.
“Your conscience is what makes you a person! How happy I feel when I read something nice and positive like this, prosit!” said one person.
Another woman recounted another positive experience in the Gozitan repair shop.
“I was very well served last year by Ryan Tyre Service as well,” she said. “He repaired two punctures for me and replaced the spare wheel as well for a pittance. It was Saturday afternoon too when all businesses were closed. Prosit! I appreciated it a lot.”