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Rude Tourists Who Are More Than Mindlessly Rude

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This has gone viral with the biased emphasis that the Queen’s Guard is the rude person for having shoved the woman out of the way.

Engage your critical thinking skills. Why is this woman standing on the wrong side of the rope? Why directly in front of the guard in his path?

However, an army source suggested to HuffPost UK that the incident was “set-up” in an attempt to “provoke” the soldier and capture a video for use on social media.

The source said the rope that was in place was not a “permanent fixture” and was laid out by the soldier’s superior after he had complained that the woman in the video had made several attempts to touch him.

The source claimed the woman had earlier tried to “grab” the soldier’s arm, rifle and bearskin hat and sit in his sentry box, and had been asked to stop.

“The fact that she has stood there (outside the rope) like she didn’t know he (the soldier) was behind her is ridiculous… it appears to be a set-up to make a little video,” the source claimed.    READ MORE HERE

A set up to provoke guard into taking action that could be videotaped and shared online in the hopes of it going viral.   It’s fake news. It’s exploitation of others in order to get hits.

I think more of us need to start speaking up if we happen to witness this kind of behavior as its happening.   I would hope I would have the gumption to have called out,  “Hey Idiot! Get out of the way!” so that video is ruined or the truth is more widely known.

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  • InTheEther July 31, 2018, 3:34 am

    Fun fact, the royal guard are the actual guards of the royal family.

    Meaning you can make whatever funny faces and dances you want, but if you try to go where you’re not supposed to or if you interfere with their march/post they are in fact authorized to take your but down, and they don’t have to be gentle about it. A few tourists have learned this the hard way.

    Think if you tried stupid junk with the secret service. Same logic, the royal guard just haven’t had a wardrobe upgrade in the last hundred years. Note the military grade rifle he’s packing.

    PS: Yeah, the video looks staged as heck. This woman is not a good actress. Plus the lonely little dinky rope just haphazardly strung out in the middle of nowhere is just funny.

    • Vic July 31, 2018, 8:02 am

      I like that you equated them with the secret service. That makes perfect sense. I really doubt there’s anyone left who doesn’t know you risk your own safety if you physically interfere with them doing their duty. I agree with the other posters that this was staged by the woman.

    • Tan August 1, 2018, 3:23 am

      I would suggest changing to a suit or regular uniform would be a wardrobe downgrade

  • staceyizme July 31, 2018, 4:51 am

    I don’t see why she would be anywhere that she could come in contact with him. While not a fan of putting hands on another person, she seems likelyrics to be in the wrong. That said, if she was such a nuisance, why not ban her from the area?

  • Marie July 31, 2018, 5:56 am

    The royal guards are – as InTheEther mentions – real guards. They aren’t on show. Their weapons are real and they will use violence if people mess with them. Tourists know this, and they still mess with them for the sake of being entertained or putting a video on YouTube.

    The guard is well within his rights shoving her out of the way, regardless of what happened before. Can you imagine what would happen if you did this to a Russian soldier? I guarantee the takedown would be a lot more violent. People have very little respect nowadays, this is the result.

  • Laura July 31, 2018, 6:31 am

    I don’t think it’s funny to mess with guards on duty and I never understood the people goading them so that they get some reaction.
    I have the sense of humor of a twelve-year-old boy, and I feel like I’ve evolved away from this low form of humor years ago.

  • Kay_L July 31, 2018, 6:35 am

    Just because she’s at a tourist site doesn’t make her a tourist. I’d bet she’s just a local trying to make a viral video.

    Tourists spend a lot of money to go see the sights in London. I doubt most, if any, of them, want to take the chance of getting arrested for disorderly conduct–it would ruin an expensive vacation!

    That’s one of the destructive things about “fake news” like this–it pushes a narrative that doesn’t care who is slandered in the process. She’s a tourist? Prove it! If they’re willing to lie about what she is doing, why should anyone take anything else they are presenting at face value?!

    • Lolo July 31, 2018, 8:56 am

      Kay_L Ilive in a tourist city, and I assure you, tourists get arrested here all the time. Stupid is as stupid does 🙂
      Whether she’s a tourist or not (and I can neither way), she deserved what she got. You don’t interfere with people trying to do their jobs. Can you imagine if people walked in to her work, stared at her working and tried to touch her, stand in her way? Who would put up with that.

      • Ultrapongo July 31, 2018, 10:12 am

        And it is not only that she interferes with his work. He’s got a rifle. Loaded. With live ammo. And he has the right (and duty) to use it, if necessesary.

      • Ultrapongo July 31, 2018, 2:13 pm

        Once upon a time, I heard a story about a soldier in a similar situation. A guy was provoking him and at last he hit the guy with the blunt end of his gun. The day after, he had to report the ”incident” to his officer. The officer just asked ”You’ve got a bayonet. Why didn’t you use it?”.

    • keloe August 1, 2018, 5:16 am

      I have also lived in a tourist city for years and this definitely looks to me like something a tourist would do. Many (although not all of them, of course) seem to think everything in the city is just set up for their amusement and has no other purpose whatsoever. And that no rules apply to them, because they paid money to come see this city. They break off pieces of statues etc. to take as souvenirs. They wander into the middle of a street to take a picture of something. And indeed, they try to get in the way during the changing of guards.
      I have also seen the way people act around the royal guards in UK, although the majority have the sense to avoid physical contact/interaction.
      Locals rarely do that, trust me. Most of them will not set foot in tourist locations during high season, in fact.

  • JD July 31, 2018, 7:26 am

    So we are asked to believe that there she stood, stock still, completely oblivious to the sound of the guard approaching behind her, while everyone else is behind a rope and looking toward the approaching guard, which she doesn’t notice. Yeah, I don’t believe this “just happened” either. I do think she might have been surprised at the force of the shove she got.
    I wouldn’t get in the way of a Royal Guard, the Secret Service, or the equivalent in any other country. That’s just asking for it.

    • MzLiz August 2, 2018, 4:04 pm

      Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  • ladyv21454 July 31, 2018, 8:14 am

    I was already on the guard’s side after first seeing this – but hearing that this woman had already made several attempts at physical contact only strengthened that. Whether or not the rope was a “permanent fixture”, this woman should have been on the other side of it – period. The guards are there to do a job – and anyone interfering with that deserves whatever they get.

  • Twik July 31, 2018, 9:35 am

    You get in the way of a marching soldier on duty, you’re lucky if all you get is a shove.
    Anyone who doesn’t understand that has confused military duty with being in a Mickey Mouse costume at Disneyland. Yes, the Guard wears pretty tunics and a funny hat, but they’re on the job, not there to entertain tourists.

    • Tan August 1, 2018, 3:46 am

      There are many “funny” looking regiments (e.g. the Swiss guard) in the world and a a rule of thumb the more “ridiculous” they look the more seriously they will take their job.
      I think certain TV programs are part of the problem. For the most part a queens guard must either stand still or march to a new position. One of the things TV gets wrong is that there are red lines that you must not cross. As rules go: do not touch, obstruct, threaten a man in uniform is pretty obvious /basic but still tourist do it. There are many more videos of people being marched into, pushed, punched or suddenly finding a rifle complete with sharp bayonet inches from their nose with a bellowing soldier behind it. Although what is not always shown is that if there is a royal guard there is normally a police officer or yeoman nearby- who will try to intervene if someone has managed to get a guard to level his (loaded) rifle

    • Tan August 1, 2018, 4:18 am

      The thing I do wonder is what (if anything) do these people think will happen if they do provoke a head of state’s guard? No local police are likely to ever take your side and I’m fairly certain your own country’s consulate won’t give much time to investigating whether it was right for a state guard, on duty, to assault you (i.e. if there were no video and you went into a consulate and said ” I was visiting XX when the guard nearly knocked me out” I’m fairly certain they would ask “ok, what were you doing?” and “are you sure you dd nothing to provoke him/her” , and not say “oh dear, that is just simply not acceptable, I’ll get on this right away”)

  • viviennebzb July 31, 2018, 9:36 am

    The guard was perfectly justified. Everyone knows you aren’t supposed to mess with these guys, they do not function for our amusement. Set up or not, she got what she deserved. If you don’t want to be treated like a jerk, simply do not act like one.

    • rindlrad July 31, 2018, 1:25 pm

      This!!!

      I suspect this individual – tourist or not – was simply chasing her 15 minutes of YouTube fame. I refuse to click and feed the beast. Adorable cat videos are, of course, exempt. I’m a total sucker for an adorable cat video.

  • Margo July 31, 2018, 10:08 am

    I have to say, most of the coverage I’ve seen didn’t have the “biased emphasis that the Queen’s Guard was rude” – it generally makes clear that the tourist was in the wrong place and ignoring the rules. Perhaps comments on YouTube are different but moat actual news stories seem to put the blame where it belongs, with the tourist.
    These guards are not there as a tourist attraction, they are highly trained, professional soldiers, most of whom are combat veterans, and they are there to do a job.

    Try disrupting the guards of any other head of state and see where it gets you.

    • Ange July 31, 2018, 10:11 pm

      Yes, thankfully everything I’ve seen was firmly on the side of the guard.

  • gramma dishes July 31, 2018, 10:29 am

    That was obviously a set up. Please, please, please tell me this Miss Yellow Dress actress is not American. I so dislike it when people from the U.S. insist upon living up to the ‘Ugly American’ concept.

  • Adereterial July 31, 2018, 10:31 am

    I walk past that building regularly and frequently see tourists getting in the way – the ropes might not be permanent but they’re out there often enough and their purpose is quite clear. The tourist in question should feel lucky she only got a shove and wasn’t arrested instead – that site has specific protections in law in the UK and trespass can result in summary conviction and up to a 6 month prison term.

  • Kimberly July 31, 2018, 11:00 am

    She looks like one of those people filming a set up of a slip and fall fraud. I think she and her camera person should be dragged off in handcuffs. I’m also surprised the other people didn’t take her to task.

  • Jelly_Rose July 31, 2018, 12:39 pm

    Most places I seen this, people agreed the woman was in the wrong. Some people are idiots, thinking the guards aren’t real guards but if they step a toe out of line they learn -real- fast.

  • Lara July 31, 2018, 1:17 pm

    The only thing I can’t understand is why she wasn’t escorted off the premises the first time she tried to lay hands on this man. Touching anyone without their permission is assault (or battery more properly, I think), and trying to snatch a piece of someone’s clothing, not to mention a loaded military grade rifle, is even more so. She should have been sitting down at the local police office before it ever came to this.

  • Catherine St. Clair July 31, 2018, 3:23 pm

    He is a soldier, not the Mickey Mouse character at Disneyworld. You keep your hands off him and you stay out of his path. Wasn’t it Ben Franklin who said, “Experience keeps a dear school, but a fool will learn in no other.”? She just got schooled and she had it coming.

    • Reaver August 1, 2018, 3:57 pm

      Well even in the case of costumed characters, it’s still rude to just come up and GRAB them.

  • Dawn July 31, 2018, 6:40 pm

    Decades ago I got to see the closing of the Tower of London. With the falling dark, it was challenging to make out details of the guards’ gear. I kept squinting at them, trying to make out what kind of antique musket went with that historical uniform, my mind musing on the past.
    Then I saw that they were modern firearms. And I started paying *much* more attention to their instructions, as it dawned on my 14-year-old mind that these were real soldiers, doing real jobs.

    As this video was taken in daylight, that woman has no such excuse for her failure of judgment. She’s lucky they didn’t throw her in jail for interfering with his duties.

  • JML August 1, 2018, 1:04 pm

    An appalling lack of respect and dignity to a group of individuals who dedicate their lives to this profession. She got what she deserved and the smirk on her face was of arrogance!

  • Princess Buttercup August 1, 2018, 9:51 pm

    That’s not a “taking a picture” pose. She is standing there in a manner that says she is looking to prove a point that she can do anything she wants. If that is how she poses for a picture then she has probably never seen herself in a picture.

  • NostalgicGal August 6, 2018, 5:40 pm

    They are actual security. They have codes of conduct as well. Tourists think it’s fun to hassle them. And as this video is, set things up on purpose. The things (stupid) that people will do to get ‘news’ or something for clickbait these days.

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