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At the Giza Pyramids, police seem indifferent to the touts. Camel-riding police even join in, pushing tourists to take rides.

Gomaa al-Gabri, an antiquities employee, was infuriated at the sight, shouting, “You sons of dogs,” and a slew of other insults at a policeman trying to get money off a tourist.

“They’re trying to take away my income,” said the father of 11. “In Mubarak’s time we wouldn’t dare talk to them like this. Now I can hit him with a shoe on his head and he can’t speak.”

For some tourists at the Pyramids, the chaos is part of the experience.

“I just love it,” British tourist Brian Wilson said. “You can’t blame people wanting to make money.”