Rubbish Twitter Banter Gets UK Tourists Kicked out of America

By Gary Cutlack on at

26-year-old Leigh Van Bryan and his friend Emily Bunting were cuffed and stuffed into jail cells upon landing in Los Angeles, thanks to joking about plans to "destroy America" in a simple tweet to a friend before leaving.

This was no bomb threat or joke about terrorism. Leigh's tweet simply asked his lady friend if she was: "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?."

His excuse to US border police -- officially the most humourless group of people on the entire planet -- that British people often use the word 'destroy' to mean 'party' didn't wash, with the armed cops accusing the pair of intent to commit crimes, locking them up for 12 hours, before putting them on a flight back to Paris.

America obviously doesn't mind if people destroy France.

Officials also grilled Leigh about a previous tweet made some weeks earlier, in which he said one of the plans on his travel itinerary was "diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!".

Leigh's travel partner Emily said: "I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh's lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe. I couldn't believe it because it was a quote from the comedy Family Guy which is an American show." [Daily Mail via The Register]

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