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Shocking Stupidity

Australian Government Warns School Leavers to Act Responsibly During Coming Holidays

(10/25/2013)  The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued a warning to youthful travelers and school leavers on their way to Bali for a holiday.

Put most simply, that warning: Don’t be stupid.

Translated into bureaucratic parlance, the DFAT Warning says:

"Australian travellers should consider the health and other risks of allowing themselves to be exposed to dangerous activities. Australians should be aware that standard travel insurance policies generally exclude 'dangerous' activities. Hence it is possible that if injuries were caused by engaging in dangerous activities such as deliberate exposure to electric shocks, a travel insurer may refuse to pay any claim."

The warning comes after the wide circulation in Youtube and www.new.com.au , showing three young men from Darwin, Australian forming a human chain, purportedly in a Bali hotel room,  in order to masochistically share the pain of a taser inflicted on a single member of the chain.

One of the men participating in the shock chain, Dan Cardellini, told the press in Australia that he had no comment in the case, correctly surmising the “story was written to make them look bad.” Indirectly admitting the article could not have been written without the boys’ mindless cooperation, Dan added, "It was pretty funny."

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has seized 2,600 stun guns from travelers. Possession of such an item is punishable in Australia by a fine of AU$425,000 or 10 years imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Bali is bracing for an annual exodus of “schoolies” – young school leavers in the thousand who travel to overseas locations, such as Bali and Fiji, for a program of non-stop partying at the end of each school year.