The hidden cost of ‘stupid’ tourists

Tourists do the dumbest things.

If you don’t believe me, then maybe you should have joined me on my drive through Yellowstone National Park yesterday.

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Do people who leave their brains at home deserve to be ripped off?

We’re very lucky. The devastating earthquake that struck Japan last week caused only minor damage here in the States.

The most high-profile casualty was Dustin Weber, a 25-year-old man in Crescent City, Calif., who was swept out to sea as he tried to photograph the tsunami.

(Before I go any further, an important note about the photo I used to illustrate this post. It is not from a real tsunami. It’s from an event called a “tidal bore” which took place in Hangzhou, China in 2002, and it is not real.)

I was little surprised when I talked about this event privately with colleagues. Some half-jokingly suggested that the California photographer deserved to die, because he obviously hadn’t heeded the warnings about the waves.

Darwin Award finalist, they snickered.
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