Instagram ac­count calls out potentially il­le­gal, un­safe ac­tiv­i­ties in Big Sur

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY GABBY FERREIRA gfer­[email protected]­bune­news.com

Drive up High­way 1 in Big Sur and you’ll see tons of peo­ple with their phones out, try­ing to get that per­fect shot for Instagram.

One ac­count is call­ing out folks who go to ques­tion­able lengths for their pho­tos.

The Instagram ac­count @big­sure­d­u­catesyou takes screen­shots of posts from other Instagram ac­counts and calls users out for vi­o­la­tions like cross­ing past an “Area Closed” sign or stand­ing in the mid­dle of the high­way. (The ac­count was orig­i­nally called @big­surhatesyou, but the name was

changed “to be more pro­fes­sional and friendly,” ac­cord­ing to a Mon­day afternoon post on the ac­count.)

One of the screen­shots posted on the @big­sure­d­u­catesyou ac­count shows a woman stand­ing un­der Mcway Falls. “Climb­ing down to the beach and call­ing it ‘tak­ing one for the team’ is not only stupid, it’s il­le­gal,” the cap­tion reads.

The coastal wa­ter­fall, along with other beaches in Julia Pfeif­fer Burns State Park, is off lim­its to the pub­lic and tres­pass­ing can lead to ci­ta­tion and ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to Cal­i­for­nia State Parks.

“The ar­eas are ex­tremely haz­ardous,” State Parks said. “Fail­ure to re­spect the bound­aries has re­sulted in com­plex res­cue op­er­a­tions and tragic loss of lives.”

Matthew Khalar, a su­per­vis­ing ranger for Cal­i­for­nia State Parks in Big Sur, said Instagram and other so­cial me­dia have caused a change in how tourists in­ter­act with the area.

“If you go to the Bixby Bridge on week­ends, some­times we have to have CHP of­fi­cers sta­tioned there all day long be­cause peo­ple will just stop in the mid­dle of the road for that photo,” Khalar said. “It wasn’t like that two years ago.”

SCREENSHOT FROM INSTAGRAM

A screen­shot­ted Instagram post on the @big­surhatesyou ac­count shows a woman in the mid­dle of the high­way.

SCREENSHOT FROM INSTAGRAM

A screen­shot­ted Instagram post on the @big­surhatesyou ac­count shows a woman un­der Mcway Falls.

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