The Great Crane Robbery: How Tourists Attempted to Steal a 10 Ton Egyptian Artifact With a Crane
In a daring attempt to loot Egypt of one of its most precious artifacts, three men were apprehended in a quarry near Aswan with a crane, attempting to steal a 10-ton statue of Ramses II.
The suspects are now under investigation for this attempted theft of a priceless relic. Egypt has long been a haven for looters and traffickers, but this brazen act has caused surprise even among them!
Egypt's Lost Treasures: The Legacy of Ramses II
As an esteemed warrior and prolific builder, Ramses II was one of ancient Egypt’s most influential rulers who reigned for 67 years. His legacy is marked by magnificent monuments, and he is believed to be the biblical ‘pharaoh’ in the book of Exodus.
In recent years, Egypt has been attempting to recover its stolen artifacts, with over 29,000 pieces successfully repatriated in the last decade. But it’s not limited to ancient Egypt’s relics, continue reading for more on the damage being wrought on ancient artifacts and other tourist missteps:
2000-year-old Statues Toppled in Vatican Museum Tantrum
Visiting the Vatican Museum is usually an awe-inspiring experience, but for one American tourist, it was a source of frustration. When he was told he couldn’t meet the Pope, he flew into a rage and knocked over two ancient Roman sculptures.
The statues, which were found in the Museo Chiaramonti and were estimated to be around 2,000 years old, were thankfully not of significant historical value. A workshop undertook their repair and restoration so they could return to the museum.
Tourist Ignorance Leads to Close Call at Pompeii
A careless Australian tourist had a close call at the ancient Roman site of Pompeii recently when they illegally entered through the service entrance (Porta Vesuvio) by tailing onto the back of other cars.
The tourist traveled about one mile (1.6km) by moped before being apprehended by site security and police, who had to explain that the area was off-limits. Fortunately, nothing was damaged, as Pompeii is one of the most fragile ancient sites in the world.
Tourists' Disregard for Rome's Monuments
Two American tourists recently discovered the consequences of their actions when they were fined and briefly banned from Rome for throwing electric scooters down the Spanish Steps and causing minor damage. Their actions were caught on surveillance cameras.
Things took a turn for the worse when a Saudi tourist drove his rented Maserati down a flight of steps, fracturing two of them. He was charged with aggravated damage to cultural heritage and monuments.
Hungry Traveler Fined Over Smuggled McDonald's
A hungry traveler learned the hard way that biosecurity measures in Australia are no joke. When flying from Bali to Darwin, the passenger failed to declare two sausage and egg McMuffins and a ham croissant they had purchased at McDonald’s.
Zinta the detector dog sniffed out the contraband and the traveler was hit with an $1,849 fine. Australia requires travelers to declare any animal products, including cheese, which may harbor “exotic pests and diseases”. Next time, it’s best to leave the McDonald’s behind when crossing the border!
Tourists Behaving Badly - Poor Italy!
It seems that Italy cannot catch a break when it comes to tourists behaving badly. Recently, two tourists were filmed riding electric surfboards down Venice’s Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This resulted in the “overbearing idiots” being fined and expelled from the city.
A pair of French tourists were also caught after they took a joyride on a stolen gondola, throwing decorations and other expensive items into the canal. The two are now facing criminal charges.
Unbelievable! Audi Driver Flouts Rules and Cruises Charles Bridge
Breathing in the fresh morning air, tourists and locals alike traverse Charles Bridge, the 1,700-foot (515m) 15th-century bridge in Prague. But the scene took an unexpected turn when an unnamed tourist driving a white Audi decided to take matters into his own hands!
He was seen mounting the pavement on Mostecká Street and driving across the bridge, dodging confused pedestrians and magnificent sandstone statues of saints. The man, apparently in a hurry, didn’t even bother to pay for parking and was slapped with an unbelievable $244 of fines for his various offenses!
A Miracle At Yellowstone: Man Washes Feet In Boiling Geyser Basin!
People flock to Yellowstone National Park to see its famed hot springs, with temperatures soaring up to a whopping 87°C (189°F). Despite the barriers and boardwalks keeping visitors at a safe distance, one daring man took it upon himself to take a dip in the geyser basin.
To everyone’s surprise, he came out relatively unscathed! Talk about a miracle! Visiting Yellowstone can be a truly amazing experience, but it’s important to remember to always heed the warning signs and stay safe.
Don't Take The Sand Home!
Do you love collecting souvenirs from your travels? Well, here’s one you should definitely leave behind – sand! Recently, two French tourists got into a lot of trouble for trying to take home 90 pounds of sand from the Chia beach in Italy.
It is illegal to do so in the region, and the tourists were very close to facing jail time. So, next time you’re planning a trip to the beach, remember to leave the sand behind and take only pictures home!
Tourists Smash Million-Year-Old Stalactite!
Surveillance cameras caught three tourists in the act of destroying a million-year-old stalactite at Yishui Underground Gallery in China’s Lingyi city. Using a large rock, they broke off a piece of the old rock formation before taking it away as a memento.
The destroyed piece was reportedly four inches (10cm) wide and eight inches (20cm) long, but sadly, the culprits were never identified. It’s a sad reminder that despite the age of the stalactite, it was still no match for the destructive nature of mankind.
British Tourist Jailed in Indonesia for Slapping Immigration Officer
A British tourist experienced a harsh punishment after her outburst at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Auj-e Taqaddas had overstayed her visa by five months and was fined $3,430.
In a video clip which went viral, she was seen swearing at the immigration officer and blaming Indonesian immigration for missing her flight. As a result, she was sentenced to six months in an Indonesian jail. Her careless actions resulted in harsh consequences and serves as a reminder to always abide by the law and be courteous when travelling abroad.
Tossing Coins at Aircraft Engines: Are Good Luck Rituals Worth the Risk?
In China, the good luck ritual of tossing coins at aircraft engines is unfortunately all too common. Though illegal, the practice continues, despite the potential danger of them entering the engine and damaging the turbine blades during high-speed rotation.
One first-time flier in Eastern China indulged in this practice, and when two small coins were found near the engine, it resulted in the evacuation of the plane and a hefty fine of $17,200 for the passenger. Is the risk of participating in such a tradition worth it?
French Tourist Learns the Hard Way: No Flying Drones Around Myanmar's Parliament Complex
A month-long prison sentence and a hefty fine – this was the hard lesson learned by a French tourist who violated Myanmar’s Aircraft Act by flying a drone near its parliament complex. Tourists visiting the complex have to abide by strict rules – including submitting an application three days ahead – and this traveler was unaware that flying drones near the building was forbidden.
The violation also resulted in the tourist breaking an import-export law without a license, leading to the harsh punishment. Myanmar’s parliament complex is certainly not a place to take liberties.
Viagra-Induced Chaos at Phuket Airport!
It was a scene like no other at Phuket International Airport as a man caused absolute chaos after taking too many Viagra pills. He stripped off, threw his own feces, and ran around naked – all of which resulted in him being taken down by no less than six security guards.
A witness described the scene as “the scariest and most disgusting thing” they had ever seen. However, after regaining his composure, the American tourist apologized and agreed to pay for any damages. Truly an unbelievable and disconcerting experience!
A Close Call for the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
From a remarkable feat of medieval architecture, to a potential disaster – the Leaning Tower of Pisa almost met its fate after two Romanian tourists flew their drones there without authorization!
Luckily, no major damage was caused, despite one drone colliding with the structure, and the prefecture and the police were quick to intervene. The Piazza dei Miracoli was only a few steps away from being put in harm’s way, but this time the Leaning Tower of Pisa was saved!
Tourist's Terrible Act of Desecration at Easter Island
A tourist recently committed a shocking act of vandalism at Easter Island. He broke off the ear of an ancient Moai statue, which is believed to have been constructed between AD 1400-1650 using basic stone picks.
Despite its significant cultural and historical value, the Finnish tourist thoughtlessly decided to take a piece of the sacred site for himself. Unsurprisingly, he was hit with a hefty fine and banned from the island for three years. After the incident, he admitted that it was the “worst mistake” of his life.
Chinese Government Steps In After 15-year-old Defaces Ancient Luxor Temple
An online scandal erupted after a 15-year-old boy from China defaced an artifact at the 3,500-year-old Luxor Temple in Egypt. The boy had scribbled ‘Ding Jinhao was here’ in chalk over a wall carving, sparking widespread criticism online.
While the family apologized for the act, the Chinese government had to step in and remind its citizens to respect the customs and traditions of the places they visit. The incident was so significant that it even has its own dedicated Wikipedia page.
Insta-Famous Couple Draw Criticism for Disrespectful Behavior at Balinese Temple
An Insta-famous couple have been met with widespread criticism after playing inappropriately with holy water at a 15th-century Balinese temple. Zdenek Slouka and Sabina Dolezalova, who have 80,000 Instagram followers, posted videos of themselves laughing as Slouka splashed water on Dolezalova’s bare backside at the Beji temple.
Outraged viewers swiftly dubbed the couple “disgusting” and “insulting to Indonesia”. After the public backlash, the couple released an apology video claiming that they were unaware they were at a holy site and using holy water. Despite the apology, the incident has sparked outrage across the world.
The Vacation that Caused Havoc: Family Infuriates New Zealanders
An overseas family’s vacation to New Zealand caused rage and discontent among the locals, resulting in over 2,500 signatures on a petition to have them removed from the country. The family were accused of theft, leaving rubbish strewn on Takapuna Beach, not paying restaurant bills and damaging their accommodation.
Auckland’s mayor even went so far as to say they were “worse than pigs”. However, the family said they were having a “holiday from hell”. It is safe to say that their stay in New Zealand was hellish for the locals too.
Indian Tourist Detained for Climbing Chorten in Bhutan
An Indian tourist has found himself in hot water after being filmed atop a chorten at the National Memorial Chorten in Dochula, Bhutan. In an act of disrespect, the biker had enlisted the help of a carpenter and borrowed his ladder to climb the significant Buddhist monument.
The tourist was detained by police before eventually being released after making an apology. The incident has raised questions about the implications of cultural missteps and the importance of respecting foreign customs and traditions.
Photographer Narrowly Escapes Charging Elk in Rocky Mountains
An amateur photographer got a bit too close to a bull elk during mating season, a move that nearly cost him dearly! At Estes Park, Colorado, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the animal charged at him and the photographer had a narrow escape.
One witness said he had made loud noises in an attempt to get a response from the elk. The US National Park Service warns visitors to keep a comfortable distance from the wild animals – a lesson this photographer nearly learned the hard way!
TikTok Banned in Tourist Hotspots
Say goodbye to TikTok videos in Nepal’s most popular tourist spots! In a bid to restore peace and tranquility, sites like Boudhanath Stupa, Ram Janaki Temple, and Gadhimai temple have all implemented ‘no TikTok’ signs. Influencers, selfie takers, and loud music have been in sharp focus for the disruption they’re causing in those areas.
To keep the peace, Boudhanath Stupa has even installed CCTV cameras and patrolling security guards. So, if you’re planning a trip to Nepal, be sure to leave your TikTok aspirations at home!
Ignorance Leads to Trouble at Chichén Itzá
A tourist’s ignorance of the rules resulted in an embarrassing scene at the world-famous Chichén Itzá archaeological site in Mexico. After climbing the 91 steps to the top of El Castillo, upon descending the tourist was met with a furious crowd booing, throwing water bottles and demanding for her to be jailed.
The public had been banned from climbing the centuries-old site since 2008, yet the visitor had no idea of the regulations. It was a salutary lesson for the tourist to be aware of any local laws before exploring their next destination.