If you are going to Yellowstone National Park – or any other tourist spot, for that matter – make sure that you pay attention to read signs and follow the rules. Besides, ignoring them may possibly lead to problems.
In a report by the PopMech website, we learn that a group of Canadian tourists (who post photos and videos online on their High of Life SundayFundays page) are now facing criminal charges after deliberately disobeying park rules and taking snapshots and footage on top of the Grand Prismatic Spring.
This, of course, is prohibited according to park rules. Walking off the boardwalks or trails in hydrothermic areas is not allowed. On top of that, filming above the spring is strictly prohibited if done without permission.
Although the group has already deleted their spring photos and videos, one of the residents in the area managed to capture a short footage showing the four guys, touching the hot water and taking selfies.
Naturally, the group is now facing a lot of negative consequences for their irresponsible actions. Aside from getting a lot of hate from netizens, a petition on Change.org has also been created requesting Bud Light and other sponsors to pull their support of the group. A criminal complaint has likewise been filed against them.
The group has since posted a public apology on Facebook saying:
“We would like to apologize to our community. Three days ago we were lucky enough to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and made the unfortunate error of leaving the pathway. We did not respect the protected environment we were exploring, and we want to acknowledge our wrongdoing. Because we have disappointed people with our actions, we have taken down the footage filmed off of the boardwalk at Yellowstone. We have realized that what we did was not okay, and we want others to learn from our mistake.”
The four men have also pledged to donate $5,000 to Yellowstone “in a small gesture to try to show how incredibly apologetic we are.”