(NewsReady.com) – On August 14, officials delayed the opening of the Eiffel Tower. The reason for the delay was strange. Two Americans were caught sleeping at the site.
Sociéte d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (Sete), the operator of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, reported to the press that a security guard found the two Americans sleeping during routine checks before it opened for the day. The prosecutor’s office in the city was informed of the incident. The two men entered the iconic attraction the night before. A spokeswoman for the office said alcohol was involved. It was unclear where they slept in the tower.
The men were handed over to law enforcement, and the tower opened as usual.
The two tourists weren’t the only ones who behaved poorly over the summer. In July, a woman visited the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, when she suddenly began climbing it. Another visitor recorded the incident. The woman is seen holding out a water bottle and filling it up from the fountain’s spout. After filling the bottle, she climbed off the 18th century landmark, and a police officer escorted her away.
BAD IDEA: Woman stuns onlookers as she walks across the Trevi Fountain and uses one of Rome’s most iconic tourist attractions to fill up her water bottle. 🥴 https://t.co/VFqMfFLvmb pic.twitter.com/Hc8vD5fPKK
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 16, 2023
In June, a man was visiting the Colosseum in Rome when he suddenly decided to use his keys to carve a message into the wall of the 1,900-year-old structure. The tourist wrote “Ivan + Hayley ‘23” on an exterior wall. A woman stood next to him and watched him deface the iconic landmark. Ivan Danailov Dimitrov, 27, was later identified as the vandal. He wrote a letter to the city’s mayor and prosecutor apologizing for his actions, saying, “I have no excuses.”
In July, a Canadian teenager carved his name into Japan’s 1,200-year-old Toshodaiji Kondo temple. The Buddhist temple was founded in 759 AD.
One of the stranger bas acts by tourists occurred in 2019. An American visited the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland and tried to steal a piece of metal from the train tracks that were once used to carry Jews and others into the camp where they were killed. The man was arrested and charged with attempted theft of an item of cultural importance.
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