Americans are not the only tourists that are guilty of not respecting the history and culture of other countries. Far from it. Heck, they apparently have a sign in front of the Louvre in Paris, written in Mandarin, asking people not to urinate or defecate on the grounds. I’m not sure what prompted that sign and I really don’t want to know. Disrespect happens all over the world by people from all over the world, just as there are tourists who visit the United States and make poor or questionable choices.
As an American, I’ve often cringed at the way other Americans sometimes behave when visiting another country; a place where we are essentially guests. Based on what I’ve witnessed, most American are respectful, but there are those who just don’t get it. Like these two clueless California Women who were visiting Rome.
Apparently they decided to break away from their tour group while visiting Rome’s Colosseum and carve their initials into the ancient amphitheater. Then, to further show off their intelligence, they took selfless of their handiwork.
Now these aren’t kids we’re taking about here. They are 21 and 25-year-old female children who have never been taught the basic principles of respecting history and the property of others. Their parents must be so proud.
While this doesn’t happen often, considering there are six million people who visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum annually, five other people from Russia, Australia, Brazil and Canada were also stopped for doing the same thing.
I don’t know what type of punishment the Italian government decided to inflict on these two women. I know that the 42-year-old Russian tourist was given a four month suspended sentence and fined 20,000 Euros, which, because of a lack of funds, he has yet to pay. Personally, I would cut into their holiday time. I would require them to listen to a detailed history of the Colosseum and other historical sites in Rome, in addition to some sort of community service in and around the area. They’d have to catch up with their tour group a few days later. Then I’d ask them to leave. Permanently. Because if you haven’t learned respect at the age of 42 or 25 do you really want these people back in your country?
And for whomever did whatever prompted that sign in front of the Louvre…..well, I’d love for you to do that on my watch; because I have a whole special kind of community service ready just for you.