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Aussie Bali scooter rider Marita Daniell deported after arguing with police over helmet fine

Aussie Bali scooter rider Marita Daniell deported after arguing with police over helmet fine

Aussie woman is kicked out of Bali despite living there for 23 years after she was filmed arguing with police when pulled over for not wearing a helmet on her scooter

  • Aussie expat kicked out of Bali after 23 years 
  • Marita Daniell filmed arguing with police  
  • She was fined for riding without a helmet

An Australian who lived in Bali for 23 years has been deported after being filmed haranguing police over a $25 fine for riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

Marita Daniell was thrown out of Indonesia on Friday after video surfaced of her abusing an officer who had pulled her over in North Kuta for not wearing a helmet.

In a video shared online in early March, the woman is seen arguing with the policeman who was blocking the path of her bike. 

The officer tries to get the woman to move her scooter off the road as riding a motorbike without a helmet is illegal. 

The woman points and gestures furiously at the officer and yells ‘it’s not my fault’ claiming her helmet was stolen. 

Marita Daniell (pictured centre) has been kicked out of Bali despite living there for 23 years after abusing officers who stopped her for not wearing a helmet while riding a scooter a road in Canggu, a resort village on the south coast of Island

Marita Daniell (pictured centre) has been kicked out of Bali despite living there for 23 years after abusing officers who stopped her for not wearing a helmet while riding a scooter a road in Canggu, a resort village on the south coast of Island

‘We have rules!’, the officer replied.

The woman fires back in Indonesian: ‘I’ve been here for 23 years!’

Another officer approaches the woman asking her to get off her scooter but she tries to drive away, claiming she is on her way to buy a new helmet.

The woman eventually gets off her scooter, after moving it off the road, and continues arguing with another officer.

Balinese police confirmed the woman was an Australian citizen and was fined IDR $2,506 – which is the equivalent of AUD$25.

The clip, captioned ‘Australians, (and Russians), and those six-packed shirtless beach bums: Do not do this. It’s so friggin’ embarrassing,’ left Aussies outraged.

‘No Helmet, No Respect, No Brain!,’ one person wrote.

‘On behalf of Australia, I apologise. Unfortunately, we have losers here who think they own Australia as well as the entire world and they have no respect for anyone from another culture,’ another person commented.

‘I don’t understand why she wouldn’t want to just wear one when it’s the law here in Australia… or you will get a ticket and $24 Aus is nothing compared what she would got here at home,’ a third person wrote.

Ms Daniell argued her helmet had been stolen and claimed she was on her way to get a new one. Bali officials confirmed the Australian citizen was fined $25 for the traffic offence

Ms Daniell argued her helmet had been stolen and claimed she was on her way to get a new one. Bali officials confirmed the Australian citizen was fined $25 for the traffic offence

Bali officials have launched a public campaign to crack down on inappropriately dressed tourists travellers who flout local rules and customs.

Bali Tourism Board Chairman Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana announced plans on March 7 to use billboards to build awareness amongst visitors and educate tourists on how to behave in cultural settings. 

Authorities confirmed a minimum of 10 large billboards written in English will be installed where violations occur the most, including Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Canggu, Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Uluwatu.