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20 Tour Guides Share the Dumbest Things They've Seen Tourists Do

When visiting another country, or even a museum, most people know to be respectful. But that's most people. There are some idiots out there who try to mess with wild animals, steal stuff, and be generally stupid. Some are even worse, like this obnoxious group of British Tourists who actually received national attention for how bad they were.

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    dumb tourist - Text - b771 45.5k points 2 days ago S Former whitewater rafting guide. There's a calmer section of the river people can, if they choose to, hop out and swim through. They are wearing life jackets so you can just float through it This woman decides she wants to try it and hops out. After she pops up she slowly tilts forward until just the back of her jacket is out of the water and she's completely still. After 5 or so seconds of this I start to realize this might not be intentional
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    dumb tourist - Text - littlemissemperor 15.4k points 2 days ago I watched a man run up the side of the platform the Winged Victory statue is on in the Louvre and throw his arm around it for a photo. Security got him down pretty quickly, I'm shocked he actually made it up there.
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    dumb tourist - Text - mugsandcoveve 14.8k points 2 days ago I was working on a tourist island in Australia when this man pulled out almost all the back feathers of peacock because he wanted to keep one. He sneaked up behind it, and grabbed a huge handful and yanked them all out. He was immediately escorted off the island. The peacock had a huge bare patch and most of its beautiful feathers we gone :
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    dumb tourist - Text - tedandrassy 22.6k points 2 days ago I work at a brewery tap room and take people on brewery tours. During fermentation CO2 is produced and excess comes out through a run off pipe and into a water bucket. One of the attendees (who was being a pain and trying to be funny but nobody was laughing) asked me what the pipe was for, so I gladly explained. He then asked what would happen if he breathed it in... in disbelief of his stupidity I told him he would pass out/damage his br
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    dumb tourist - Text - TheRealReapz 13.9k points 2 days ago Technically not a tourist guide but I was doing a tour of our production facility to some people from head office. As we got to one of the pallet out-feeds, I mentioned the light curtain which was a safety feature that stopped the conveyors once the light was broken, and so for some damn reason one of the ladies decides to stick her hand through the light to test it, stopping the production line and also risking her safety by doing it in
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    dumb tourist - Text - fkirwan82 13.8k points 2 days ago I had a guest, snorkeling try and grab the tail of a barracuda as he swam up behind it. Luckily I was able to hit the guest with a dive fin from the boat to stop him before he got ahold. If he had grabbed on, I'm sure he would have been ripped to pieces by that fish
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    dumb tourist - Text - edited 2 days ago kaarlsson 20.9k points 2 days ago saw a kid chip off a piece of an expensive sculpture, he was playing within the restricted area and his parents didnt bother
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    dumb tourist - Text - edited 2 days ago Bengmann 20.5k points 2 days ago Tour guide at a university Small group gets into our gardens where there's a big turtle pond. Girl gets excited and wants a close up of the largest snapping turtle. Girl loses her phone to the turtle and tries to get the university to buy her a new one. Girl was lucky she still has all her fingers...
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    dumb tourist - Text - bluecheese12 10.8k points 2 days ago I was giving a tour of my university to the mother of a potential student. She tried to recruit me into a popular pyramid scheme and then, when I tried to change the subject by asking what she did in her spare time, she told me about her conspiracy theories that she gives public talks on. They included the dangers of Wi-Fi, 5G, and chemtrails, and that the moon landings were faked by Stanley Kubrick, who was shortly thereafter assassinat
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    dumb tourist - Text - edited 1 day ago Blue_Seas 6.5k points 2 days ago reptile show and they let out some mini crocodile iguana type thing. I think it was called a dragon something? Anyway some kid decides to take his shoe off and wiggle his toes through the small rope gate we were against. Presenter says "watch your kid, these will bite". Kid removes his foot and immediately puts it back in when presented turns around, wiggles his toes again, and this dragon thing surges forward and clamps dow
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    dumb tourist - Text - QuokkaMocha 6.2k points 2 days ago On an open topped tour bus in London - woman tries to dangle her toddler over the railing, then starts saying she's going to complain to my manager when I told her to stop. Caught her doing it again and company policy said that anyone endangering their kids like that was to be removed from the tour, so the driver had to come up and march her off. She still insisted she did nothing wrong. Like, she literally had the kid's feet on the side r
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    dumb tourist - Text - VersaceMango 5.0k points 2 days ago edited 2 days ago Not a tour guide but I guess you could say I work in the tourism industry. I work ground crew for a company that does Helicopter tours. Number one rule for customers is "DON'T WALK UNDER THE TAIL BOOM, THE ROTOR WILL KILL YOU AND IT WILL HURT". It's unbelievable how many people have a death wish out there. People see the fastest way to the other side of the helicopter and don't stop to think "Oh hey, that spinning blade
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    dumb tourist - Text - 2 days ago PtolemyShadow 29.5k points 4 4 S I worked at a living history farm museum. I had a kid that was climbing on stuff the whole tour in the farm house and trying to get behind the Smith in the blacksmith shop during a demo After the tour when people are allowed to roam the grounds, I hear his mom screaming and look over to the barn and this kid has climbed the fence into the field with our long horn oxen and is trying to poke them with a stick. I walk over and calmly
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    dumb tourist - Text - 2 days ago cclairehead 4.0k points Somewhat relevant, there's a small hill pedestrian footpath outside my university. Once, I witnessed a segway tour attempt to use this path. The first segway slowed to a stop as it reached the top of this hill. The second segway sped up in an attempt to make it over, and crashed into the first segway. One by one, each segway crashed into the one in front of it, toppling over each other. The pathway now has a "no bikes or segways" sign.
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    dumb tourist - Text - yeerk_slayer 20.2k points 2 days ago edited 2 days ago Saw a kid knock over a set of replica civil war rifles that were on display, and then his mom got mad at the tour guide for yelling at him. The kid and his mom were kicked off the civil war tour.
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    dumb tourist - Text - sassymatty 8.6k points 2 days ago I used to work at a heritage site. It was an old military installation with a lot of remaining original structures (bunk beds, cafeteria equipment, computers etc.). Everyday it was a constant effort to remind people (read: kids) NOT to jump on the beds, not to slam doors open, not to punch every button like it owes them money. The absolute worst was a group of kids on a school trip Within the first ten minutes we're walking through the tech
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    dumb tourist - Text - shave_your_teeth_pls 18.8k points 2 days ago My cousin is a tourist guide and biologist, most of his tours are in Africa. He instructed his group of 20 edited 1 day 25 people including kids not to wear any type of earrings or collars especially shiny stuff since they were about to go into a thick forest to try to see a bunch of animals. This is very important because 20-25 make a lot of noise which makes wild animals run away or hide, it's even worse if they're wearing shin
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    dumb tourist - Text - AleredEgo 7.9k points 2 days ago . edited 2 days ago Took a class of middle schoolers to a museum and one of my asshole students dragged his hand across a 3000 year old Indian painting. Later on I found out the object was almost certainly a reproduction but I nearly died of rage on the spot.
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    dumb tourist - Text - Sonsea2 7.3k points 2 days ago Was on a tour of a small cave system somewhere in west Texas. It was really beautiful and right after the guide told us how long it took for all the stalagmites and stalactites to form she turned around to move on and some guy leans way over and snaps off a small one and shoved it in his pocket!! I was so surprised I just stared at him and he smiled and winked at me like we had really gotten away with something and I was a co-conspirator or so
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    dumb tourist - Text - rangerspruce 16.3k points 2 days agoS2 Not a tour guide per se (Park Interpreter), but once had a lady with a thick New York accent try and pet a black bear.
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