Saturday Photo Friday #3

August 31, 2008

in Architecture, Photos, Travel

It would be far too easy and far less entertaining if I just came out and told you the story behind this photo:

I’d rather hear what you think.  Where was this photograph taken?  Whose door is it?  After five outrageously good guesses from the peanut gallery, I’ll still your curiosity and share the true-life traveler tale.  So give it a shot and get commenting!

Link to this week’s other Photo Friday images here.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Books for Foodies 08.31.08 at 5:35 am

Is it a door in the red light district of Amsterdam?

2 Debbie 08.31.08 at 10:38 pm

Maybe it’s a house that was described as a brothel in a work of fiction? Ever since, the owners have been plagued by people knocking on their door…

3 Whitey 09.01.08 at 10:04 am

I think it’s someone’s house, but it USED TO be a brothel, and ever since the new family moved in they’ve been getting “customers” showing up at their door. Finally they got fed up with answering the door and put up a sign.

4 Kelly Watson 09.01.08 at 11:53 am

Maybe it is one of the doors leading to the Alamo in San Antonio Texas, or possibly a door of a Catholic church?

5 Erik 09.02.08 at 9:01 pm

It’s an underground station, they’re trying to keep the government out of the place so they’re scaring away everyone but the good customers.

6 Renee 09.04.08 at 11:53 am

I believe this door is on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. If I am wrong I saw one just like it there about 20 years ago.

7 poetloverrebelspy 09.04.08 at 9:57 pm

Thanks to everyone for your amusing guesses.

Whitey came the closest here . . . the story is as follows:

Picture taken in SoHo, London, UK in October 2007.

Apparently “pimps” were taking johns’ cash and sending them to addresses in this street to collect. They’d ring the bells of these residential houses, only to find they’d been the victims of a scam. There were also police flyers near the doors indicating that this was part of a known scheme and the duped should report their incidents to the local precinct.

Can you imagine so many fools ringing your (and your neighbors’) bell that you needed to have a professional sign printed and mounted on the door? Oy vey.

8 Debbie 09.15.08 at 6:26 am

What a great story. Can you imagine opening your door late at night to find an angry john who had just been duped?

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