The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs apologized for a tweet it sent out Wednesday that warned Americans of scams while traveling overseas.
“Not a ‘10’ in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse – being robbed. #springbreakingbadly,” the tweet read.
It has since been deleted, but several media organizations had already captured the tweet, and Twitter users were quick to respond.
So if I'm like a solid 6.5, should I or shouldn't I buy expensive drinks? Raises more questions than it answers tbh https://t.co/AJv087Einf— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) March 30, 2016
State Dept. travel advisories being ghostwritten by college sophomore with popped collar https://t.co/Gco7s4n28w— Leandro Oliva (@lmoliva_) March 30, 2016
The tweet was part of the state department’s “spring breaking badly” campaign.
Somebody offered you a free trip abroad, but the free luggage they offered is lined with cocaine. Beware of these scams #springbreakingbadly— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 29, 2016
If someone asks you to take a package overseas, dont do it. Foreign jail is not where you want to spend spring break. #springbreakingbadly— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 29, 2016
However, the “not a 10” tweet fell flat, forcing the government agency to apologize.
Some have been offended by our earlier tweet and we apologize that it came off negatively 1/2— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 30, 2016
We see many Americans fall victim to scams each year & want all to be careful while traveling 2/2— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 30, 2016
Information about what to do if you're a victim of crime overseas can be found on the department's travel website.
The site notes that while the state department can provide many services for Americans needing help overseas, it cannot investigate crimes, provide legal advice or represent someone in court, serve as an official interpreter or translator, or pay legal, medical, or other fees.
Here’s to wishing all a happy and safe spring break!