March 2, 2024

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Bali cops shut down ‘entitled’ tourist on a scooter not wearing a helmet

Bali cops shut down ‘entitled’ tourist on a scooter not wearing a helmet

A shirtless Bali tourist on a scooter was confronted by police for not wearing a helmet in a tense exchange on the side of a busy road.

Footage shows a group of officers surrounding the heavily-tattooed man who becomes increasingly agitated.

The tourist, speaking with a North American accent, protests being stopped claiming officers were allowing Balinese locals to do the same thing. 

The unnamed man also accuses the cops of harrassing him for money. 

As one officer moved closer, he told them: ‘You wanna steal money huh? You wanna steal money?’ 

This provoked an angry reaction from several officers at the scene. 

One cop, who filmed exchange, repeatedly told the tourist: ‘Too much talking, you.’

At one point, the tourist reacted angrily when an officer attempted to grab and move his bike. 

It is unclear what happened to the man or if he was arrested for his protests. 

Many comments online ridiculed the man for being ‘entitled’ and praised the police officers. 

One person said: ‘Police officer, just a suggestion, if he is disrespecting Indonesian law, just handcuff him.

‘Enforce the law in Indonesia. You do not want to be underestimated and insulted in your own country.’

The officers told him he was stopped for not wearing a helmet while riding his scooter

The officers told him he was stopped for not wearing a helmet while riding his scooter

As one cop moved closer, he told them: 'You wanna steal money huh? You wanna steal money'

As one cop moved closer, he told them: ‘You wanna steal money huh? You wanna steal money’

Another wrote: ‘Don’t talk justice in another country. Go back home dude.’

While a third said: ‘Deportation please! Bali doesn’t deserve foreigners like this.’ 

It is the latest example of a crack down on tourists not wearing helmets in Bali. 

Earlier this week, an Australian expat living in Bali was being slammed for screaming at a police officer after she was caught riding her scooter without a helmet or proper protective rider gear.

The woman was riding her scooter on a road in Canggu, a resort village on the south coast of the island, when she was stopped by the officer. 

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

One cop, who filmed exchange, repeatedly told the tourist: 'Too much talking, you'

One cop, who filmed exchange, repeatedly told the tourist: ‘Too much talking, you’

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. 

Balinese police confirmed the woman was an Australian citizen and was fined IDR $2,506 – which is the equivalent of AUD$24.70

It comes after Bali officials launch a public campaign designed to crackdown on inappropriately dressed tourists and 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. 

Earlier this week, an Australian expat living in Bali was being slammed for screaming at a police officer after she was caught riding her scooter without a helmet or proper protective rider gear

Earlier this week, an Australian expat living in Bali was being slammed for screaming at a police officer after she was caught riding her scooter without a helmet or proper protective rider gear 

The end of the Bali bogan? Thousands of Aussies affected as the popular destination launches a crackdown on how tourists dress and behave

By Antoinette Milienos for Daily Mail Australia 

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

The Indonesian island known for its clear waters, blue skies and cheap beer, has long been a favourite destination of Australian holidaymakers, with over 91,000 travellers flocking to the island in January, 2023.  

But increasingly, Aussies have become notorious amongst locals for causing havoc on the island with their wild behaviour, reflected in the nickname ‘Bali bogans’. 

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

Mr Adnyana said the proposal is in its ‘socialisation’ phase, while officials awaiting public feedback and gauging support. 

Bali officials have announced a plan to build 10 billboards around the island to instruct tourists on how to properly dress and behave (stock image)

Bali officials have announced a plan to build 10 billboards around the island to instruct tourists on how to properly dress and behave (stock image)

The campaign aims to educate tourists on etiquette so that travellers respect Balinese cultural customs (stock image)

The campaign aims to educate tourists on etiquette so that travellers respect Balinese cultural customs (stock image) 

‘We are assigned by the government, in this case, the Bali Tourism Office, to prepare socialisation in the form of writing and visuals,’ Mr Adnyana said, as reported by The Bali Sun. 

‘However, we have to start with some kind of appeal at several points. 

‘The point is that tourists respect Balinese cultural customs by dressing well and neatly, following in an orderly manner, carrying out traffic activities and not doing things that are outside the provisions.’ 

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

Bali Tourism Board Chairman Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana (pictured) said 'guests are king' but warned them not to abuse local ways

Bali Tourism Board Chairman Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana (pictured) said ‘guests are king’ but warned them not to abuse local ways

The billboards will have instructions and advice written in English, with billboards in foreign languages likely to follow.

Adnyana explained the campaign will help develop Bali into a country that is not considered a destination for tourists to do whatever they want. 

‘Indeed, we are ‘welcoming’ and accept everything. Guests are king but don’t abuse,’ Mr Adnyana said.

He also confirmed the Tourism Board will enlist social media influencers, tourism stakeholders and e-commerce businesses to help publicise the campaign. 

It comes just days after Bali officials launched a specialised taskforce to find foreign tourists working in the country illegally.