Tourists are generally welcome in all the destinations of the world, although some of them may suffer rejection for their clumsiness.
The facts prove that certain tourists without the intention to disturb can behave like an elephant in a glassware.
In Pompeii an American tourist visiting the archaeological site tripped, knocking over a column. The security guards and carabiniere’s police immediately verified the fact that the accident was just that – simply an accident, according to the Italian agency ANSA.
“Luckily the column, located in the peristyle of the Championnet complex, didn’t break and wasn’t damaged in the fall, and park archaeologists are now working on getting it situated back as it was”, the agency added.
But not always the error of a clumsy tourist ends well. In 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan, a 12-year-old was visiting the exhibition “The Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius” when he tripped and grabbed onto a million-dollar Paolo Porpora painting from the 17th century to break his fall, punching a hole in the canvas in the process.
At the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, a 42-year-old tripped over his shoelaces and broke a Qing dynasty vase into three pieces, leaving behind damages of more than 500,000 pounds.
Three years ago a little girl in the Museum of Israel in 2015 who broke a Roman vase from the Robert and Renee Belfer Collection, which already had a small crack. At the end the museum actually thanked the little girl, because after restoration work the vase was more beautiful than before.
In 2006 US businessman Steve Wynn accidentally put his elbow through his own Picasso painting in 2006, “The Dream”, for which he had paid 48 million dollars. However, following restoration work, he managed to sell it for 155 million.
Last year, a visitor to an art gallery in Los Angeles showing works by Simon Birch was taking a selfie when she caused 200,000 dollars in damage by hitting a column that then created a domino effect, causing 10 other columns to fall.
The security camera footage capturing the incident went viral online, and some people even thought it was a publicity stunt designed to create attention for the exhibition.
On other occasions the clumsiness committed by some tourists is due to ignorance of local laws. Last year after taking black sand and rocks from Iceland’s famous Reynisfjara beach, a mother and daughter promptly sent their “souvenirs” back to the tourism board once they learned they broke the law and potentially invoked a serious curse. A very apologetic note accompanied the items.
Experts especially advise foreign visitors that never bother a Komodo dragon when it’s feeding. A Singaporean man learned this the hard way on a trip to Indonesia, when he ignored locals’ warnings and approached a group of the carnivorous reptiles mid-meal. When he tried to snap a picture, the Komodo dragon snapped back—unfortunately, on his leg.