Five incidents of tourists behaving badly

Taking a circus llama on a late-night tram trip

About 100 residents and shop owners in Barcelona took to the streets in protest last week after two drunken Italians ran through their neighbourhood naked. Inspired, The Guardian recalls five other incidents of tourists behaving badly.

A 15-year-old student from China who visited the 3,500 year-old Temple of Luxor in Egypt last year and wrote “Ding Jinhao visited here” on the wall. Fortunately, the damage to the ancient temple was superficial.

Five French teens on holiday in Bordeaux stole a circus llama named Serge in November – and took him for a late-night ride on the city’s tram system, before tying him to a lamppost. One of the five told BFM TV, “It walked with us like a good dog would have.”

The Peruvian authorities had to crack down on “naked tourism” at the famous Inca settlement of Machu Picchu, after two separate groups of four western tourists were caught posing in the nude for photos. New measures to stop the trend include greater surveillance and a warning on the back of tickets that it is not OK to strip off.

Surgeon Patrick Broderick was arrested in Florence after accidentally breaking a finger off a 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary at a museum. He said he was comparing his hand to the statue’s when he slipped.

And finally – a Norwegian who was so drunk at an airport he fell asleep on a conveyor belt after climbing over one of the check-in desks. He travelled 50 metres before being spotted in the X-ray machine.

The Guardian

[pictured: Serge the llama on his night out]


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