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Clumsiness earns jailtime!

How would you feel if you were sentenced to six years in prison because of your clumsiness?

Sounds out of this world? Here’s the story:
A camera crane operator shooting a commercial at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins whose equipment tipped and chipped a stone sundial there has been sentenced to six years in prison, officials said Friday. (Yahoo!News article HERE)

I think it’s great that the authorities take the damage seriously. After all, the Machu Picchu ruins are one of the wonders of ancient civilizations: anything damaged or destroyed is irreplaceable.

But… isn’t punishing the camera crane operator kinda like closing the stable door after the horse has escaped? He damaged important ancient artifacts, fine, punish him; but should he have even been there in the first place?

The beer company, Backus, faces a civil lawsuit along with the advertising firm that hired the production company where the camera crane operator worked. Again: isn’t this a case door/horse/escape?

I’d like to think that the prosecution is ALSO looking at how and why a commercial - a BEER commercial, for goodness’ sake! - was being shot in Machu Picchu in the first place.
  • Is this a common occurrence?
  • Who gave permission for the shooting?
  • Were there kickbacks involved?

Answer THOSE questions, and * maybe* future “accidents” can be truly prevented (instead of all this corrective action taking place now).


  1. The authorities are just looking for a scapegoat.They are guilty as well for giving the beer company a permit to shoot there.Too bad for the camera man though...

  2. insanity i say! insanity! what a gorgeous place, and what idiocy to have it commercialized for a product rather than for its intrinsic beauty and history.


  3. Wow, that is interesting. It is crazy, I think. Maybe they are just tryin' to make themselves look good for not being on their toes enough in the first place?

  4. I don't know, call me silly but I don't think the camera man did anything wrong. I mean if he truly had an accident and didn't do it on purpose then I say let him go. Now the government official who allowed it and took the money, well, he should take the fall.

  5. glad to know this stirred lots of comments :-)

    Snglguy: scapegoat? yep!
    Optymyst: insanity? yep!
    PureMood: clouding the issue? yep!
    Athene: cameraman=scapegoat! yep!

    maverick: hi! glad 2 cu! :-)


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