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U.S. State Dept. forced to apologize for strange travel warning to “ugly Americans”

March 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. State Dept. forced to apologize for strange travel warning to “ugly Americans”

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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs was left red-faced after having to apologize for a disconcerting tweet offering overseas travel advice specifically for ugly Americans.

In the past week, the bureau has used its Twitter account to post messages explaining safe travel practices for American University students out on spring break overseas, using the hashtag “#springbreakingbadly.”

Here are two examples.

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However, on Wednesday, the official counsel took a very personal turn.

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“Not a ‘10’ in the US? Then not a ten overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse – being robbed,” the controversial tweet read.

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Although the tweet aimed at warning travelers of potential scams set up by personal compliments and alcohol, many social media users reacted with either anger or sarcasm.

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The consular affairs bureau’s social media team later deleted the message and tweeted an explanation.

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