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Two Tenderfoot Tourists
What a fun AND disturbing episode. Don't Be A Terrible Tourist* Defacing or Destroying Property- In October 2013, two Utah Boy Scout leaders thought a 25-million-year-old hoodoo presented an imminent danger for the kids they accompanied and consequently decided to topple it over and film themselves doing so. Hoodoos — also called goblins — are unusual rock formations that look like columns with rounded caps; although some may seem precariously balanced, you’re not supposed to knock them down.They are also the main attraction of Goblin Valley State Park.- Two visitors to Starved Rock State Park in Illinois allegedly drew their initials on an over 400 million year-old sandstorm formation that's also a sacred place for Native Americans."Over the Labor Day weekend, two visitors to Starved Rock State Park allegedly vandalized a sandstorm formation that is over 400 million years old, and that has also been used as a sacred meeting spot for Native Americans for 8,000 years known as Council Overhang, Newsweek reported."* Trespassing- Two men are in hot water for getting too close to the hot water at the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The tourists have since been arrested for “thermal trespassing” at the famous hot spring.The two men were caught walking “dangerously close” to the spout of the legendary geyser and taking photos on their cellphones.* Stealing- An American man visiting the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland was charged with attempting to steal a piece of the historic train tracks.On March 31, an American visitor to Auschwitz, one of the most well-known death camps from World War II, allegedly attempted to steal a piece of the metal train tracks leading into the camp. Many of the 1.1 million people who died inside its gates were transported to the camps via train.AP reported that the tourist was charged with "attempted theft of an item of cultural importance," which can result in 10 years in prison.* Indecent Exposure- Tourists in Thailand were arrested for taking nude photos at a historic temple.Two tourists from the United States were arrested in Thailand after taking nude photos at the Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, according to The Telegraph.The men traveled around the world posting nude photos on their now-deleted Instagram account, "Traveling Butts," including at the historic temple in Bangkok.After posting the photo, the tourists were detained, fined for public indecency, and blacklisted from returning to the country.- Skinny Dipping in famous rivers, lakes, streams and fountains.* Drunk and Disorderly- An American tourist was reportedly hospitalized after falling from a statue in Italy during a night out drinking with friends.A 23-year-old American was reportedly rushed to the hospital in Turin, Italy.La Repubblica reported that at around 1 a.m., after a night spent drinking at a brewery, a group of tourists stopped at the Piazza Bodoni, where one of them climbed on the horse statue - potentially to take a selfie.According to Torino Today he underwent brain surgery in the afternoon for life-threatening injuries.* Disrespectful Behavior***** A family traveling around New Zealand had its visas revoked after wreaking havoc throughout the country, including threatening tourists, stealing, and ruining a motel room.A British family of 12 has been terrorizing the people of New Zealand for a month as they travel throughout the country. For starters, two children from the family were caught on camera stealing a Christmas tree while shopping at a convenience store. The family also allegedly refused to pay for meals at several restaurants, claiming there were bugs in their food and drinks. The behavior is said to have continued in their motel, as staff accused the family of throwing cigarette butts, beer cans, and even spaghetti on the floor. Staffers said the room "smelt like kid's poo" and took hours to clean.It doesn't end there, though. At the Beach, the family is accused of littering, throwing beer, baby wipes, and chips on the beach. When a local confronted the family, they allegedly threatened violence.After another unruly incident at a Burger King, the New Zealand government revoked the family's visas, forcing all 12 of them to leave the country within 28 days. Show notes are directly from the article at the Insider website. To see these stories and the other ones we DIDN'T talk about go to ... Horrible things tourists have done - Insiderhttps://www.insider.com/worst-tourists-2017-2017-12