41 tourists who stole sand from Sardinian beaches were fined up to $3,600 each

Originally published at: 41 tourists who stole sand from Sardinian beaches were fined up to $3,600 each | Boing Boing

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Now that’s what I call “sand blasted”.

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For years, the fabulously beautiful planet of Bethselamin increased its booming tourist industry without any worries at all. Alas, as is often the case, this was an act of utter stupidity, as it led to a colossal cumulative erosion problem. Of course, what else could one expect with ten billion tourists per annum? Thus today the net balance between the amount you eat and the amount you excrete while on the planet is surgically removed from your body weight when you leave; so every time you go to the lavatory there, it is vitally important to get a receipt.
–Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Sand is a serious business.

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Someone here was nice enough to send me volcanic sand and a few rocks from Tenerife. Hopefully that was ok, but it was a literally handful of stuff.

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With liquids limited to ounces it’s hard to argue that 5 pounds of anything is a personal supply.

But somehow I doubt the all sand confiscated made its way back to the beach.

It very probably was! Some of those sands are rather unique, at least in the Med, and some of the most famous beaches were literally disappearing not only because of erosion, but also due to “sand-grabbing”.

Still a problem, but it is hoped that visitors are beginning to understand the importance of discretion.

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It’s remarkable what one collects in their speedos!

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Wait, I’ve got an idea about how we can get more sand/cause desertification!

First we import tons and tons of sandtrout

Yup. Easily identified by an expert:

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Reminds me of the actual theft of an entire beach. This apparently happens more often than I thought. Jamaican police left stranded after thieves steal a beach | Jamaica | The Guardian

If we need more high quality sand, we could always grind down the stones of the great Pyramids. I mean, it’s not like anybody is using them for anything at the moment. Seems like a waste.

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