Boorish Brits Overwhelm Resorts

In places like Greece, pasty, drunken tourists are wreaking havoc
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2008 12:30 PM CDT
In a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007, 602 Britons were hospitalized and 28 raped in Greece, according to a report from the British Foreign Office.   ((c) xamogelo)
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(Newser) – Lured by all-you-can-drink vacations and very un-British weather, more Britons are heading south for their getaways—but many resorts are no longer thrilled to welcome them. In places like the Greek city of Malia, inebriated Englishmen are wreaking havoc, writes the New York Times. “It is only the British—not the Germans or the French,” says the town's mayor, imploring London to "do something."

This summer's Britons-abroad incidents have included women who tried to open their airplane door mid-flight, a young woman who gave birth after a night of partying, and women charged with prostitution after a public oral sex contest. “I think that in their country, they are like prisoners and they want to feel free,” suggests one frustrated local.