Britons Behaving Badly

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  1. Principessa

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    :biggrin1: I can't help but smile. Finally, somebody is taking the heat off American tourists. Though to be fair the "Ugly American" has more to do with attitude and expectations that everyone speak English, than the type of debauchery which it seems many Britons engage in when visiting the Mediterranean.

    Some Britons Too Unruly for Resorts in Europe

    By SARAH LYALL
    MALIA, Greece — Even in a sea of tourists, it is easy to spot the Britons here on the northeast coast of Crete, and not just from the telltale pallor of their sun-deprived northern skin.

    They are the ones, the locals say, who are carousing, brawling and getting violently sick. They are the ones crowding into health clinics seeking morning-after pills and help for sexually transmitted diseases. They are the ones who seem to have one vacation plan: drinking themselves into oblivion.

    “They scream, they sing, they fall down, they take their clothes off, they cross-dress, they vomit,” Malia’s mayor, Konstantinos Lagoudakis, said in an interview. “It is only the British people — not the Germans or the French.”

    Malia is the latest and currently most notorious in a long list of European resorts full of young British tourists on packaged tours offering cheap alcohol and a license to behave badly. In Magaluf and Ibiza, Spain; in Ayia Napa, Cyprus; and in the Greek resorts of Faliraki, Kavos and Laganas as well as Malia, the story is the same: They come, they drink, they wreak havoc.

    “The government of Britain has to do something,” Mr. Lagoudakis said. “These people are giving a bad name to their country.”

    They are also hurting themselves in the process. A recent report published by the British Foreign Office, “British Behavior Abroad,” noted that in a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007, 602 Britons were hospitalized and 28 raped in Greece, and that 1,591 died in Spain and 2,032 were arrested there.

    The report did not distinguish between medical cases and arrests associated with drunkenness and those that had nothing to do with it. But it did say that “many arrests are due to behavior caused by excessive drinking.”

    So it would seem. Reports of scandalous incidents rumble on regularly here and elsewhere, helping to cement Britain’s reputation as the largest exporter of inebriated hooligans in Europe.

    Earlier this summer, flying home to Manchester from the Greek island of Kos, a pair of drunken women yelling “I need some fresh air” attacked the flight attendants with a vodka bottle and tried to wrestle the airplane’s emergency door open at 30,000 feet. The plane diverted hastily to Frankfurt, and the women were arrested.

    In Laganas, on the Greek island of Zakinthos, where a teenager from Sheffield died after a drinking binge this summer, more than a dozen British women were charged in July with prostitution after taking part, the authorities said, in an alfresco oral sex contest.

    More alarmingly, a 20-year-old British tourist partied with her sister and a friend into the early hours in Malia also in July, then returned to her hotel room and — although she had denied being pregnant — gave birth. Her companions say they returned later to find the baby dead; she has been charged with infanticide.

    And in Dubai, also this summer, a British man and woman who met during a drinking bout were arrested and charged with having sex on a beach, after repeatedly shouting abuse at a police officer who ordered them to stop.

    All of which leads to a natural question: Why?

    “I think that in their country, they are like prisoners and they want to feel free,” said Niki Pirovolaki, who works in a bakery on Malia’s main street and often encounters addled Britons heading back to their hotels — “if they can remember where they are staying,” she said.

    David Familton, a Briton who works in a club here, said that it was a question of emotional comfort. “It’s because of British culture — no one can relax, so they become inebriated to be the people they want to be,” he said.
    Worried about the increase in crimes and accidents afflicting drunken tourists, the British consulate in Athens has begun several campaigns, using posters, beach balls and coasters with snappy slogans, to encourage young visitors to drink responsibly.

    “When things do go wrong, they go wrong in quite a big way,” said Alison Beckett, the director of consular services. “What we’re trying to do here is reduce some of these avoidable accidents where they have so much to drink that they fall off balconies and are either killed or need huge operations.”
    As much as they depend on the tourists’ money, the resorts are balking at their behavior. Last year, shopkeepers, residents and hotel owners in Malia held an angry anti-British demonstration. Now, 20 officers patrol the notorious 1,000-foot-long strip of bars and clubs catering to tourists in the center of town, keeping the peace, breaking up fights and making arrests.

    Local officials say the blame lies not just with the tourists themselves, but also with the operators of package tours promising drinking-and-partying vacations, and clubs offering industrial-strength alcohol at rock-bottom prices. For about $50 in Malia, tourists can go on unlimited-drinking pub crawls.

    “British tour operators present them with these packages that promise a wild holiday in Malia,” said Brig. Fotis Georgopoulos, the police chief of Iraklion, which takes in Malia. “This predisposes them. They are automatically put into a wild and lawless mind-set that is beyond them.”

    On the strip late one recent night, downtown Malia felt like a nonrainy version of downtown Birmingham, as young Britons in skimpy clothes moved in herds from bar to bar, drinking, boasting and shouting as they went.

    The tourists confessed to drinking a lot. One 21-year-old man from Essex, for instance, said that his consumption the night before had been five beers; six specialty drinks combined with Baileys, tequila, absinthe, ouzo, vodka, gin and orange juice; five vodka and lime drinks; and then five cans of Stella Artois, all of which, he said, emboldened him to pick up a woman to spend the night with. But they said that the lurid stories are media exaggerations.

    “I’ve never seen anyone get stabbed the whole time I’ve been here,” said Chris Robinson, 21, speaking outside the Loft bar, which had a special deal: four drinks and two shots for $8.

    Similarly, Eleanor Seaver, 20, said that she had been in Malia for two months, working in a club, and that she had never once been in a fight. On the contrary, she said, people are comradely and helpful. “If there’s a girl being sick in the streets, you see people helping her out,” she said. “We watch out for each other here.”

    Paul Fisher, a 49-year-old Welshman who runs a bar and a motorbike-rental shop, said the stories both depressed the tourist trade and, perversely, drew the sort of visitors for whom drunken anarchy is an attractive prospect.


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  2. mattflanders

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    I've seen most of what is written in the article happen right in front of me. And it isn't pretty... But the Brits are alright, they're great to hang out with.

    Actually, they don't even come close to a couple of Russians drunk on 5 bottles of wodka picking a fight outside your hotelroom door at 7 in the morning in Turkey. Jeesh, it's really obvious they've only been allowed to travel for a decade.
     
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    Lol!Typical Britons!They're always the ones causing troubles abroad..but when a foreigner does something wrong in their country they completely freak out!

    ;)
     
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    Sounds similar to American college students on Spring Break! :biggrin1:
     
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    It does, with the exception that apparently many of the culprits are well beyond university age. :tongue::rolleyes:
     
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    Binge drinking is an epidemic in this country. Anywhere there is cheap alcohol, you can guarantee there will be rat-arsed Brits! They don't save the vomiting and fights for when they go on holiday either. Friday and Saturday night is appalling in any major city centre and the emergency services are kept busy with idiots who have drunk themselves to the point of alcohol poisoning or who pick fights with each other for no reason.

    I am so, so glad I don't drink. Honestly.

    Incidentally, the tally of drunken British women who have been raped in Crete so far this year stands at 44 - and rising.
     
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    Thank god. Although too often the U.A. title is well-deserved, it's about time to pass the crown of the bad rep for the bad rap. :rolleyes:
     
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    Birts are crazy fuckers. Partly I think we just don't give a shit, and take the eat, drink and be merry to excess. Perhaps working 8 to 6 in a damp grey environment bottles up this madness and it explodes at the weekend and on the annual holiday.
     
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    yep...been to london...you guys are a party bunch...loved it all...had a great time puking outside of several of the pubs...only complaint...you guys smoke everywhere...yuk...
     
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    Not any more. A ban on smoking in public buildings came into force in July last year. Unsurprisingly, we Brits are lazy fuckers too and cannot be bothered to go outside to smoke so the number of smokers plummeted! Not that our drunkards pay much attention when they are...er...drunk!
     
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    Such as what Mate ?
     
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    Best decision ever made and i smoke. and like you i do not drink either.
     
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    Ooops I duplicated a link - now corrected. Nj will scorn me for this but...


    YouTube - Smack the Pony - Wedding Dress skit

    Well they are kinda examples of Britons behaving badly.

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    Holidays to these places are soooo cheap and when you get there there's soooooo much cheap alcohol!

    It's nothing new, Brits going to Spain and getting pissed out their brains!
    It's their 'summer holiday'!
    To stop it just stick the prices up and sell more expensive drinks with less alcohol in them.

    Order a vodka and whatever there and you get a full glass of vodka and a splash...

    It makes me laugh that it's suggested the British government should do something.
    The tour operators and holiday resorts are as much responsible if not more.

    And the Germans don't go out to get drunk at night so much cos they have to get up to go bags all the sun loungers in the morning! :lmao:
     
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    The thing is not all Brits are like that and it's not just the Brits who go crazy on holiday/vacation or at weekends. I've seen Germans, Dutch and Belgians behaving as badly, although, oddly enough, not the French, Spanish and Italians.

    I think part of the problem that we have with alcohol is that it's too readily available and a culture has grown up where people believe they can't enjoy themselves without alcohol or drugs. In some parts of the UK, it's not unusual to find kids out in the streets drinking and getting drunk - and I don't mean 16-year-olds, I mean 10- to 12-year-olds. Where are their parents? Chances are, down the pub, or drunk at home.

    A lot of the package tour companies catering for younger people push the idea of getting drunk and having a good time on holiday. Of course they do. That's how they make their money. They're not really too bothered about the welfare of their punters so long as their company's reputation for people having fun isn't tarnished by anything too serious.

    People go on about getting drunk to let off steam and de-stress. There are loads of other ways to do that without having to get rat-arsed and make a fool of yourself or put your life in danger. Yes, I drink but I can't remember the last time I drank myself into oblivion. (No pun intended.) I de-stress through sports. It's much more satisfying, better for you and doesn't leave you with a hangover or a criminal record. But then, I'm a boring b******, so what do I know?
     
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    Honey you are not boring at all. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs myself and I have a great life. I certainly don't feel that I am missing anything by not doing any of these things. As for letting off steam, like you I prefer to work out. It doesn't contain calories and you look better at the end of it! :tongue:
     
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    Maybe has something to do with the stiff upper lip and complete dissembling when no countrymen are around to monitor.

    North Americans are similar. Prudish in public - can be nasty when they think no one is looking.

    Hollywood is one example. You can't show dick on TV, but cadaver autopsy is prime time.
     
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    I think it is also the responsibility of the locals in Crete,Zakynthos and Spain...They are the ones who make the agreement with the English tour companies and take them there.They invited the devil,they should clear up the mess.

    BTW i have no pitty or sympathy for anyone who cant handle their alcohol.I drink and i have been drunk many times,but i have never jumped of a 3rd floor balcony,picked a fight or raped a girl,like many of these tourists.I find it sick and to blame alcohol is just a poor excuse.
     
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