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Resort slammed for ‘joke’ one day after Tunisian massacre

When jokes go horribly wrong

Just one day after a massacre in which 38 people were killed at a resort in Tunisia, a hotel entertainer held a fake gun at holidaymakers’ heads at a popular beach destination in Egypt, apparently as part of a comedic routine.



Pictures of the ‘comedian’ taken by British tourist, Paul Dodkin, show the Domina Coral Bay Hotel staff member dressed in a tuxedo and running down the beach with an imitation revolver, the Daily Mail reported.


Believed to be part of the property’s entertainment team, the man was then seen pointing the gun in the face of a tourist on a sun lounger.


According to the paper, despite several British travellers bringing the event up with staff at the hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, the same act was astonishingly repeated less than a week later, Dodkin said.


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Dodkin, who took the photos on the second day of prank, just before Britain held a minute's silence to remember those killed on the beach at Sousse, Tunisia, said he was ‘disgusted’ when he first saw the performance, which was supposed to resemble a James Bond skit.


The majority of the 38 people killed in Tunisia were British.


Meanwhile, it has been revealed the Tunisian gunman behind the massacre had worked in the tourism industry.


Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid told French newspaper La Presse the gunman “was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events organizer”.


DFAT warns "Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Tunisia", which declared a state of emergency over the weekend.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 6 July 2015

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