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Beer-Drinking, Bladder-Bursting Tourist at Caracol #537646
08/06/19 04:30 AM
08/06/19 04:30 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

A tourist was having a bit too much fun at a Belizean archaeological site this weekend. Based on these pictures of the tourist drinking a beer and seemingly urinating at the site, an Institute of Archeology employee identified the site as Caracol in Cayo. The pictures have been circulating on social media and many have expressed their outrage at the blatant disrespect and desecration of the sacred Mayan site. Many on social media have weighed in saying the matter must be thoroughly investigated and the tourist as well as the tour guide, if he was present, must be sanctioned. Well, today NICH Communications officer Neil Hall stated that they are still trying to get more information in this case but stressed that the tourists' actions are utterly intolerable.

Neil Hall - Communications and Marketing, NICH
"We are aware of the incidents that happened at one of the archaeological sites over the weekend where a gentleman was seen drinking and was seen posting on Facebook his drinking and then seeming to urinate on the grounds of one of our archaeological sites. We are thoroughly disheartened by this action simply because of the high esteem with which we hold our archaeological sites here in Belize. In terms of the drinking, it is something that is not allowed at the site and that is for two main reasons, one intoxication at the site itself, we all know those usually have  some steep stairs and if someone is intoxicated going up or down could be hazardous not only to themselves but have an avalanche effect and affect others as well and two because alcoholic beverages are sold in glass bottles and if those are broken or discarded at the sites, it can also cause harm or damage to people who are just there to enjoy themselves. With regard to the urination we found that especially deplorable, we are a bit more appeased that the person has given a very thorough apology saying his really and truly sorry and it is not something that he gave much thought to. Now in regard to that, we are looking at how the Institute of Archaeology through NICH, we are looking at ways of reprimanding this gentleman. We have just not sat down and thought of something as yet."

Courtney Weatherburne
"Obviously no liquor is sold at or near the site."

Neil Hall
"We do not sell alcoholic beverages at the site, the only thing that is allowed are souvenir wines that are sold in bottles and are usually sold on the way out."

Courtney Weatherburne
"So you can't walk in or enter the archaeological site with liquor, how was he able to pass that into the site?"

Neil Hall
"It is not allowed, what happens is that we don't really stop and check everybody inside everybody's bags, in the case of tour guides, they usually let their passengers know and their guests know that they can't take alcoholic beverages into the archaeological site. In this case we are not sure where the fault lies whether the person was just a walk through who had it in his bag at the time and just managed to go through without it being checked. We are looking at that as well."

As you heard, the tourist has issued a public apology on facebook. NICH sent us a copy and it reads : "I absolutely beg your forgiveness. I meant no disrespect. This was not supposed to be a bad or mocking thing. I apologize with my entire heart. I am so sorry. I come to Belize every year. We love the Mayan culture we love the history we love everything about it. I am sorry I meant no disrespect and my actions were foolish." We will keep following this story.

Archaeological Site Rules Applies to All

But Neil's list of rules and prohibited acts at archaeological sites isn't only for this tourist, it is for all visitors including Belizeans. Neil says there have been several cases where people have vandalized the temples.

Neil Hall - Communications and Marketing, NICH
"We would also like to take this opportunity, since a magnifying glass is being lifted to the actions at the temples, we would also like to ask the general public and those people who are visiting to not vandalize the sites, to not take the opportunity to scratch your names unto the temples or the surrounding areas or even the trees on the archaeological sites as well as defacing property that is on there. We would like to ask you to stop as well and if you see someone doing it, let them know it is wrong."

Of course, on the topic of defiling Mayan archaeological sites, the May 2013 destruction of Nohmul in Orange Walk comes to mind as one of the most egregious acts carried out by Denny Grijalva's company De-mars construction.

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Re: Beer-Drinking, Bladder-Bursting Tourist at Caracol [Re: Marty] #537715
08/10/19 05:39 AM
08/10/19 05:39 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 70,166
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Overzealous NICH must apologize to incontinent tourist

This shaming of a tourist who released some kidney-filtered beer on the lawn in front of the temple, it goes under the category of making a mountain out of a molehill, or worse, inflating a peccadillo into a mortal sin. This one also goes under the category of ingratitude mixed with overzealousness. Almost no matter what a guest does, as long as itís within the category of ignorance or a health condition, not malice, you donít roll the stateís machinery over them.

We donít know if the brother arrived at the PGIA, or his ship, under a tourist police escort when he left, but we are pretty certain, after getting the full exposure of the backlash, that he didnít get any Ďbon voyage, come back sooní.

It was indecent what he did. Very. The proper place to do the number one is in a bathroom, or at the foot of a lamp post or tree. It was not desecration. Desecration is assaulting a temple with a bulldozer.

This person, the philistine who took the picture ó with a big stretch we might forgive him for the lapse, his photographerís mistake, but he should have come to his senses before scandalizing the gentleman. And NICH, it would have been sufficient when they got the picture (which the photographer should have destroyed) for them to have identified the gentleman and sent him a note, a caution about sprinkling the lawn with impure water. That would have been sufficient. If NICH wanted to go further they could have asked him to pen a one-hundred-word essay about, okay why we shouldnít pee-pi in the park.

My glance of the pic did not show anyone else in the frame Ė I didnít see anyone else ó and common sleuthing would tell you that means that the guy hung back, stayed back so he could get as far behind the crowd as he could, before he eased his bladder that must have been at the point of bursting.

Donít rule out that the man had a bladder problem and he just had to go. Look, he didnít do it on the temple. He did it on the lawn. I canít see those inside the sarcophagus getting angry about that. Indeed, our ancestors must have been happy for him, realizing how desperately that poor bohga might have had to go.

A story by Rowland Parks in the Tuesday Amandala shows the man drinking a Belikin beer, and he makes the comment that NICH has a strict no-drinking policy. I donít follow this. The rule must be, no drinking in GLASS bottles! A law like that would make perfect sense. You donít have to be drunk or careless to let a glass bottle fall. Accidents do happen. Shards from a broken bottle could ruin a beautiful day at the park.

Somebody has to tell Mr. Parks, and NICH, that the Catholics say that beer is FOOD. Thatís right. Itís a nutritious drink, loaded with stuff that protects the heart, cleans the kidneys, lowers bad cholesterol, helps the bones, relaxes the mind and a whole ton of good stuff there. If itís alcohol content youíre after, youíd have to drink a case of it to get drunk.

He must have drunk a whole case. Maybe heís one of those types who takes one and canít stop. There are people who have this problem with dinner. They have no restraint. The man was drunk and that might indicate that he has no self-control when it comes to drinking, but the thousand words we draw from the picture we were shown is that when it comes to keeping his liquid in his body until he could dispose of it decently, he exhibited incredible restraint. I repeat, he was the only person I saw in the picture, so he held it in and held back until the lawn was clear.

We know the man was drunk. The proof that he was drunk is from the backside, which was half exposed. Iím not so sinister to think that he was about any kind of in-your-face gay parade. The man had to be slobbering drunk to pull his pants down so far, because in full mind no fellow pulls down his pants that way to execute a function from the front.

Thereís another argument for drunk. If he was sober and he had the overwhelming need to let go his fluid excess, he would most likely have feigned a plank and doused the grass right from that position. I think then that that devil cameraman would have had to disgracefully drop to all fours, get on his belly like a snake to get a sneak shot of what the brother was doing.

Bladder problem, drunk ó did NICH want the gentleman to do it in his pants? Then what? Would they have allowed him to get on the bus? Then he would have missed his ship, or plane. If he didnít have sufficient pocket money he would not have been able to afford a hotel, so he would have had to sleep in the street, and with all the predators about, someone could have assaulted him. Then we would have had an international mess on our hands. People in power really have to make better use of their thinking faculties.

Lucky we, we escaped that extreme situation. Daam to a sneak shot by a camera in the wrong hands, and an overzealous NICH Board! No one around here ever heard about letting a trivial matter lie?

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