You might be able to now pay for your groceries using a selfie. But for some so-called “Selfie Experts” looking for a quick self-portrait to share on social media, they’ve had to pay with their lives.
For the past two years, India was home to 19 of the 49 deaths caused by the pursuit of the great selfie. Many have gone to the edge of a hill or cliff before smashing their heads or fell to a drowning. Three university students taking a group photo on a railway tracks met their fates with a speeding train.
Mumbai police have decided to face this issue by deciding to go zero-tolerance — surveying and marking off 16 areas from passersby. Anyone caught trespassing them will be slapped with a Rs. 1,200 fine ($18).
It doesn’t deter tourists, the curious and the vain from the temptation, though. Many are happy to walk clear past warning signs to continue making their vacation albums (which makes us think why have a fine if police aren’t going to enforce it).
“When you are traveling alone and do not have anyone to take your pictures, then it’s only selfie,” one student said.
Have you taken a risky selfie (note: not risque) or two before? What’s been your most dangerous? Please don’t do it again.