Two tourists from Australia accused of stealing a bicycle were forced to take a ‘walk of shame’ through an Indonesian Island with signs round their necks, an official said today. The signs read, “I am thieve. Don’t do what I did.”
The two tourists allegedly stole the bicycle about 10 days ago on Gili Trawangan, a popular tourist destination in central Indonesia. A CCTV recording showed the two Australians taking a bike from the hotel, said village chief Muhamad Taufik. However, the identities of these two were not revealed.
“The hotel manager reported the case to the authorities who caught the pair the following day”, Taufik added. He further added, “We interrogated them, made an agreement, paraded them around the island and forced them to leave Gili.”
Although a few Indonesians have already been paraded with this ‘totally uncanny’ punishment, the two Australians were the first foreigners to undergo a ‘walk of shame’ on the island for theft.
Such parades have taken place for years on Gili Trawangan, a tiny island off the coast of Lombok and just east of the major resort island of Bali.
"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.
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