Authorities in Indonesia on Tuesday paraded two Australian tourists in ‘walk of shame’ by hanging placards, that said, ‘I’m a thief. Don’t do what I did.’
The two Australian nationals were accused of stealing a bicycle on Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia.
The signs around their neck said, “I am thieve (sic). Don’t do what I did.”
According to local media reports, both the individuals had allegedly stolen a bike around 10 days ago on Gili Trawangan, a popular tourist destination in central Indonesia.
The village chief Muhamad Taufik said that CCTV recordings showed them taking a bike from the hotel.
The authorities nabbed them a day after the hotel manager reported the case.
“We interrogated them, made an agreement, paraded them around the island and forced them to leave Gili,” Taufik was quoted by news agency AFP.
The report said that the identities of the two shamed tourists were not known. While a few Indonesians have had to go through this humiliation in the past, they were, however, the first foreigners this year to undergo a “walk of shame” on the island.
It’s, however, clear if the two Australians were also later subjected to criminal trial.
“The walk of shame parade is a regulation in our village. I don’t know whether the police are charging them now, what matters to me is that they’re now gone,” Taufik said.