The boos came raining down on a tourist who decided she would climb a structure at a Mayan sacred site known as the Chichén Itzá pyramid.
Located in the Tinúm Municipality in Mexico, Chichén Itzá was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007.
From the video taken of the incident, it looks like the tourist walked up the steps of Templo de Kukulcán as other visitors of the ancient Mayan ruins shot video of what many considered a disrespectful stunt. Once at the top, the woman raised her hands and started to dance.
Once her feet hit the ground again, the other visitors expressed their anger. Along with booing her and recording her actions, the crowd surrounded the tourist and began to call her names like “stupid” and “idiot.” They even started dousing her with water from their plastic water bottles. One woman went as far as grabbing the tourist’s blonde hair and yanking it.
Other people online shared the same annoyance about what occurred at the pyramid. “Shame on this lady,” one Twitter user posted. “The structures at Chichén Itzá are off-limits to foot traffic for years now due to stress/saturation from all the busloads of tourists from Cancún.”
Some believed that although the woman was wrong for climbing the structure, there was no excuse for the violence against her. “The tourist is bad, but nothing justifies the violence of the crowd.”