‘Un­friendly’ Ki­wis drive French­man into a rage

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A FRENCH hitch­hiker who flew into a rage af­ter spend­ing four days un­suc­cess­fully try­ing to thumb a ride out of a small New Zealand town pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal dam­age yes­ter­day.

Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Ver­pre ad­mit­ted de­stroy­ing road signs out of frus­tra­tion at be­ing stranded in the South Is­land tourist des­ti­na­tion of Pu­nakaiki for so long.

Be­mused lo­cals in the tiny set­tle­ment of less than 100 peo­ple ac­cused the tourist of act­ing like a “spoilt mil­len­nial”.

He pulled one road sign from the ground and threw it in a river be­fore hurl­ing rocks at an­other and ver­bally abus­ing on­look­ers.

Out­side Grey­mouth court, a still fum­ing Mr Rault-Ver­pre told re­porters he was un­happy with his treat­ment.

Asked how long he had been in New Zealand, the 27-year-old replied “too long, way too long”.

“I’ve been to 80 coun­tries,” he added. “I’ve been to the worst parts of the US. The worst Amer­i­can is not like a New Zealan­der.”

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