Vacationers in İçmeler, Turkey, collectively lost their shit last Thursday when the hotel staff faked a poolside terrorist attack—just six weeks after the massacre on a Tunisian beach which left 38 people dead.
A group of staff dressed in what the Sun describe as "Arab clothing" appeared by the pool at the five-star Grand Yazici Mares hotel with fake rifles. Tourists lying by the pool understandably panicked, with many screaming and running for safety.
One British vacationer even had a mystery liquid labeled "fuel" poured over him by a guy with a crudely drawn-on beard and an improvised headdress. The "terrorist" then proceeded to whip out a lighter, as if he were about to set the tourist on fire.
Jason Pythian from Fallowfield, England, told the Sun "it was the hotel's idea of entertainment for the day. They thought it was funny to run around the pool dressed as terrorists." After guests complained to the hotel's management, they were told it was just a joke, and to raise any further concerns with their tourism companies.
Jason and his family had paid the tour operator Jet2holidays more than $5,500 for a 12-night stay at the Grand Yazici Mares. The company has since apologized, saying, "This was a Hollywood-themed poolside show, which included the characters Rambo and Superman, and is always well received by the hotel's residents. The management now understands some of the costumes may have caused offense and will no longer use these in their shows."
In March, Turkey closed its border with Syria due to fears of a terrorist attack, as ISIS militants fought Kurdish forces in the border town of Kobane. On Wednesday, US fighter jets launched their first strikes on ISIS targets from a base in Turkey. With the country on such a heightened state of alert, it's not hard to see why a badly-judged prank with questionable costumes got out of hand.