Tourists spark a mass-brawl over trying to secure the best selfie spot
With a camera available on all of our phones, accessible with a couple of swipes, it's hard not to take a couple of snaps when you're on holiday. People often complain about how obsessive we are with social media - but there is some worth in documenting where you've been, taking a pretty shot, and sharing it with your friends and family, as long as you don't go too far with it.
There are some people out there, however, who will stop at nothing to get the perfect photo for their Instagram. Apparently, they'll even turn to violence to get the perfect selfie spot when they're vacationing. Last Friday evening, a brawl broke out between two tourists in Rome, as they fought over a spot in front of the Trevi Fountain.
The Baroque fountain, built in 1762, is a much sought-after spot in the city. Across Instagram, you can find thousands of photos taken in front of it, and it's understandable why. What's less understandable is why these two women, a Dutch 19-year-old and an American 44-year-old, were so desperate to dominate the spot that they pulled hair and pushed each other for it.
The dispute happened around 7:30 pm, according to local police. Before long, both their families got involved, with eight people grappling before nearby officers brought in reinforcements to separate them. You can watch the ridiculous fight in the video below:
The incident came just days after officials announced plans to create a designated pathway to address overcrowding. Last year, Mayor Virginia Raggi stated that anyone caught picnicking on the fountain, putting their feet in the water or going for a swim would be fined up to €240 ($273).
The fight came to an end with only bruises and no serious injuries, police said.