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State Dept. gets backlash about travel warning

Posted at 1:16 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 14:58:04-04

Be careful, spring breakers. The State Department has warned that if you don't keep your self-esteem in check when traveling overseas, you could get robbed.

A tweet posted Wednesday by the Bureau of Consular Affairs read, "Not a '10' in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse — being robbed. #springbreakingbadly."

The agency's travel-focused Twitter account has been tweeting out advice for spring breakers that is probably intended to be somewhat humorous. 

Most of it is obvious, like this one advising people to make sure they have enough money to get home. Others warn people of being tricked into carrying a suitcase lined with cocaine

But a lot of people didn't seem to find the tweet about being a "10" all that funny. Many Twitter users took offense and hurled a barrage of sarcastic comments at the agency. 

And, of course, it was only a matter of time before a parody account cropped up. Its first tweet read, "Are you hot enough to work at the state department? We're hiring!"

The State Department later deleted the tweet and issued an apology. It also appears to have given up on the spring break travel warnings for now.