Russians warn idiots not to take selfies
Selfies are great. It is nice to see people having the self-confidence to show themselves off. Besides, generations before them were forever checking themselves out in shop windows and the like.
That said, selfies aren't very good if you're a thundering idiot.
In Russia, the police have launched a campaign which warns people against taking unsafe self-portraits, after over 100 injuries happened last year, thanks to idiots with cameras on their phones. They've even made some logos to help them out, in case reading words or listening to spoken advice isn't effective enough.
"A cool selfie could cost you your life," say the interior ministry, warning that "a selfie with a weapon kills".
The reason they're telling people about this is to show how badly things can go if you're a complete nincompoop. This year, a woman accidentally shot herself in the head while taking a selfie with her pistol. Earlier in the year, two dimwits died when they thought they'd take a selfie while holding a hand-grenade which had the pin pulled out.
Another gasping dunce took a photo of themselves while climbing on a railway bridge, and came into contact with live electrical wires. The phones might not be the problem here.
"Unfortunately we have noted recently that the number of accidents caused by lovers of self-photography is constantly increasing," said Yelena Alexeyeva. "Since the beginning of the year we are talking about some hundred cases of injuries for sure."
"The problem really exists and leads to very unfortunate consequences."
"Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of ’likes’ could lead someone on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous."