Tourists warned over Big Apple bridge selfies

The city of New York should put up signs warning tourists about the dangers and the consequences of climbing bridges to take selfies for social media.

New York city should have signs up telling tourists that  climbing landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge is off-limits

New York city should have signs up telling tourists that climbing landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge is off-limits. Image by Daniel X. O'Neil / CC BY 2.0

That was the unequivocal advice from a lawyer representing an attention-seeking visitor to the Big Apple who was prosecuted after he climbed the Brooklyn Bridge and posted a selfie.

Selfies are a danger when people climb up on bridges to post the pictures on social media

Selfies are a danger when people climb up on bridges to post the pictures on social media Image by Nick Hubbard / CC BY 2.0

Mr Joseph Indusi said the authorities had to share the blame for such a dangerous stunt because there was so few signs along the walkway to warn tourists such as his client David Karnauch about trying to climb the bridge. Mr Indusi said that while the incident occurred more than four weeks ago, there were still no more signs erected.

The New York Daily News reported that the 21-year-old Karnauch put the pictures up on Instagram and Facebook when he returned to his home in Chattanooga in Tennessee.

He was represented by Mr Indusi at Brooklyn Criminal Court this week and the attorney said he will file a motion to dismiss the case at the next court sitting. He said his client had no criminal record and was a hardworking engineer and there should have been signs to put people like his client on alert that climbing such a bridge was prohibited by the city.

However, if the case goes ahead and Karnauch is convicted, he could face 12 months in jail.

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