People would do just about anything to get a sailor’s ID and start earning big money.This burning desire is what many local entrepreneurs exploit to make their own huge bucks.
Other scammers lease out apartments for long periods of time for a discounted price, after renting them for a short term from real owners.
Barmen and waiters of dubious places overcharge and underdeliver.
Some sailor’s mothers don’t trust their daughters-in-law to stay faithful and loyal while their sons are at the sea for months.
Sometimes these doubts have grounds, sometimes not. This category of Ukrainian women is commemorated in Odessa in a monument at the Passenger Terminal, which is called the Sailor’s Wife.
Often girls take back to stores expensive presents that men purchased for them only an hour ago, such as clothing, jewellery, or perfumes.