‘Unfriendly’ Kiwis drive Frenchman into a rage
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.”