My niece Amy and I visited the District of Columbia last weekend, and I returned with a fresh installment of Bad Tourist, listing five transgressions I saw travelers commit.
5. A woman at the Kennedy gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery loudly called another member of her party over, despite several signs asking for quiet, and then argued with the guard who tried to shush her.
4. A man laden with cameras at the National Zoo, offended when when a giant panda turned its back, commenced to whooping and shrieking at the animal to try to get it to turn around. (I later saw a woman clapping at a tiger.)
3. On landing at BWI, a man seated on the aisle toward the back of the Southwest jet leaped out of his seat, grabbed his bag and pushed his way to the front of the cabin.
2. A man visiting the National Museum of the American Indian arrived in a T-shirt bearing slogans insulting immigrants. (I found him worthy of his own blog entry.)
1. OK I cheated on this one — it’s from my visit to DC earlier this year. A boy among a group of teenagers at Union Station sneered at a man wearing large sunglasses: “Nice sunglasses, dude.” The man was blind.