We Are Not Amused
Orgies on the islands of Zakynthos and Corfu. A shopowner beaten up in Plaka. A youth killed with a beer bottle in Rhodes. These incidents are not the results of an organized crime syndicate preying on innocent people. They were acts committed by vacationing Brits. They are also not limited to Greece. In July, a barman in Bulgaria was nearly killed by a brick thrown at him which fractured his skull. A British football fan is currently on trial for attempted murder. The country which used to be globally famous for proper etiquette and gentlemanly behaviour is now notorious for hooliganism and loutish behaviour.
I grew up in the port city of Halifax which played host to NATO ships from around the world every year. Only the British seemed to have a problem with being banned from nightclubs by the second night of their stay for drunkenness and aggressive behaviour.
Having witnessed all this first-hand in both Canada and now in Greece, I'd have to say that the primary reason for their absolute boorish behaviour has to be alcohol. They drink it like water and once they start drinking, they don't seem to know when to stop. As a result, like most inebriated people, they lose all sense of civility and propriety.
A secondary cause, at least for the vacationing Brits, are the tour operators themselves. They frequently advertise Greece and other destinations to youth as low-cost places to let your inhibitions go with impunity. Consequently, Brits arrive fully believing that whatever they do in another country will have no repurcussions for themselves. Unfortunately, the aftermath of their behaviour is not just a bad hangover. Too many other tourists and locals who have the misfortune of being around them are suffering the consequences as well. I think it's high time Britain initiates an awareness campaign to combat and discourage the excessive consumption of alcohol in its population before they find vacation destinations completely forbidden to them. The onus should not be on the countries which receive the tourists to prevent such acts but on Britain in order to change its current reprobate reputation.