'Of course it's not serious!' Father said. 'How could there be bears in a pension?*'
'It's probably not a real bear,' Robo said, with obvious disappointment.
'A man in a bear suit!' Johanna cried. 'What unheard-of perversion isthat? A beast of a man sneaking about in disguise! Up to what? It's a man in a bear suit, I know it is,' she said. 'I want to go to that onefirst. If there's going to be a Class C experience on this trip, let's get it over with as soon as possible.'
'But we haven't got reservations for tonight,' Mother said.
'I'm sure we don't need to make a reservation in a place frequented by men who disguise themselves as animals.' Johanna said. 'I'm sure there is always a vacancy there. I'm sure the guests are regularly dying in their beds–of fright, or else of whatever unspeakable injury the mad-man in the foul bear suit does to them.'
So you see, it's really not our fault at all. We've been struggling with a negative image even before we started. That's why we should welcome all the positive media attention for cons we can get to counter these sort of cruel misconceptions. Unheard-of perversions, indeed!
*The name for short term and not-so-short term budget accommodation in Austria.