A Chinese tourist has been caught kicking over what it took nature thousands of years to build up. If he is caught, he will be given a lecture and a 500 yuan fine.
Yesterday, surveillance footage went viral on Chinese social media showing a tourist at a scenic cave in Songtao County, Guizhou Province giving a stalagmite two swift kicks during a visit over the Dragon Boat Festival holiday on Monday. When the cave formation fails to budge, he tries one more kick which snaps the stalagmite straight off. Afterward the man is seen casually pointing it out to his friend (“Hey, check out what destruction I have wrought!”)
The video quickly sparked an uproar online, particularly after web users learned that the stalagmite was likely over 10,000 years old. In response, many netizens have called for the kicker to be subjected to harsh punishment.
But, according to a Sina News report, local police said that if the man is caught he will receive only a “lecture” regarding his inappropriate behavior and a 500 yuan fine.
“500 yuan and that’s it? For that price everyone will want to take a kick,” wrote one netizen who didn’t think the punishment quite fit the crime.
[Video via Pear Video]
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