Can you hear me now?-Ah, tourists....They like to gawk, take pictures, leave their trash strewn all over and chip off ears on statues. Yes, you read that right. A Finnish tourist has been accused of chipping off an ear on one of the famed Easter Island statues. The statue, shown at the right, is one of 400 that represent ancestors of the island. What I want to know is why? And what would you do with a stone ear? What would you do with an ear period? The mayor of the island wants the tourists own ear ripped off. That won't happen but the tourist is under house arrest for 13 days and will then have to pay a fine.
The sad thing is that it is just another instance in which someone shows disrespect for something that doesn't belong to them.