I'm trying to find a short story about a young guy who has a job packing/unpacking crt-tv tube box/robots which are virtual tourists. The tourists come across as being loud and rude.

I read this in the early 1970's.

  • Where did you read this, in which country? And also was it a collection or a magazine? What language was it in? – Gallifreyan Jun 4 '17 at 19:00
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    Tourists who come across as loud and rude? As opposed to what? – Valorum Jun 4 '17 at 19:08
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    This could be one of the parts to Michael G. Coney's "Friends Come in Boxes" from 1973, People ['friends'] waiting for new bodies are carted around in boxes while playing tourist. I don't have a copy to check for that specific character, although I recall a scene of the boxes with unhappy occupants being unloaded from a tour bus. – ImaginaryEvents Jun 4 '17 at 20:11
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    @ImaginaryEvents You should make that an answer. According to ISFDB, parts of Friends Come in Boxes appeared as novelettes in If, namely "The Never Girl" and "A Woman and Her Friend" (links to the Internet Archive). Since the OP says "short story", maybe he read one of those. – user14111 Jun 4 '17 at 21:18
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    @ImaginaryEvents: Would you like to pay your suggestion as an answer? – FuzzyBoots Jun 4 '17 at 21:46

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