Innocent KC Man Faces Online Attacks for Colosseum Vandalism
gut feeling: a strong emotional feeling about something that can’t be logically explained
When American tourist Ryan Lutz saw a man vandalizing the Colosseum in Rome, he was outraged. He took a video of the man carving “Ivan + Hayley 23” into the ancient wall. He confronted the vandal, who simply smiled.
Ryan later said, “I have a horrible gut feeling these two jerks are American because it’s the sort of thing we have a reputation for doing.” He wasn’t the only one who guessed the vandal was an American. Internet detectives found a lawyer in Kansas City named Ivan, married to a woman named Hayley. But no, they are not the infamous couple in Rome. Kansas City Ivan and his wife have never been to Rome. That didn’t stop a mob of online attacks on the couple and their family.
Italian police have identified the true vandal and his girlfriend, who live in England. Over the phone, Ivan Dimitrov said he was very sorry, but perhaps he was just sorry he was caught. Regardless, he faces a potential 15,000 euro fine and between 2-5 years in jail if a court finds him guilty.
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