10 places and times you should never take a selfie

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    10 places and times you should never take a selfie
    Just don’t do it (Picture: Getty)

    Ever since smartphones were finally gifted with front-facing cameras, selfies have dominated our lives.

    Gone are the times when one person would be noticeably missing from a photo because they had to take it.


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    Selfies are so important now they even have their own National Selfie Day.

    But there are times when taking selfie isn’t a good idea. In fact, there are instances where it could be a life or death scenario.

    In case there was any confusion over selfie etiquette and safety, we’ve put together a handy guide for you.

    These are the times and places where you just should never take a selfie.

    1) While driving

    As well as being definitely against the law, it’s also obviously very dangerous.

    Just don’t do it.

    2) When voting

    Making a choice to strike. A blank ballot paper.
    (Picture: Getty)

    You may well be proud about which way you’re voting in the EU referendum but resist the urge to take a quick snap of your ballot paper.

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    It can get you into quite a lot of legal bother.

    Selfie-lovers could face six months in prison by infringing the secrecy requirements under section 66 of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    Save the ‘I voted!’ selfie for after you’ve posted your ballot.

    3) Funerals

    Doesn’t it just feel a bit inappropriate, and just a bit…wrong…?

    Not for some people. It wasn’t that long ago when taking pictures at these sad occasions was thing, even snaps in front of their dead relatives, like this guy did when his uncle passed away.

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    We don’t get it either.

    Obama has done it. You don’t have to.

     

    4) Or war memorials

    Exterior view at Auschwitz.
    Auschwitz in Poland (Picture: Getty)

    The same principle of funerals really applies here.

    Terrible things have happened in places where these memorials are.

    A grinning picture outside Auschwitz, once a place of horror and so much death, won’t win you any fans.

    5) If it means you’ll have to climb priceless artefacts

    Say for example a 126-year-old statue of a Portuguese king. You never know what could happen. It could break and you could end up running from the police, only to be caught.

    Like this guy.

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    The statue of Dom Sebastiao outside the Rossio station in central Lisbon has been destroyed after a man’s selfie went wrong (Picture: REUTERS)

    Let’s try not to ruin history for everyone.

    6) Places with big drops and no barriers behind you

    Smiling Man Standing On Cliff Taking Selfie Against Cloudy Mountains
    (Picture: Getty)

    That sea view may be the perfect selfie, scenic backdrop. Sure.

    One wrong step though and just imagine how it could end very badly for you.

    It’s a serious issue. Mumbai even have ‘no-selfie zones’ now near seafronts and areas with no railings because of the high number of self-related deaths earlier this year.

    7) When your plane’s been hijacked

    An Aberdeen man posed for a photo with a hijacker who used a fake suicide belt to take control of an Egyptian plane. Oil and gas industry auditor Ben Innes, 26, took a picture with a man identified by Cypriot officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa.

    Probably for quite obvious reasons – to be honest, you’ve probably got other things on your mind anyway.

    But if by chance taking a selfie was your priority in that moment, then you’ll probably get a similar treatment to this guy who took a selfie with the hijacker of the EgyptAir flight he was on.

    By which we mean the ridicule and meme treatment.

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    (Picture: Mockeree/Twitter)

    8) When your pregnant teacher is having contractions

    She looks like she needs an ambulance ASAP.

    9) When a speeding train is coming

    This guy’s ‘safe distance’ from the track wasn’t quite safe enough.

    The train sped behind him, knocking him in the head. Ouch.

    He was not seriously injured luckily and posted the footage to YouTube later.

    10) During a crime

    Not saying or even suggesting you’d be committing the crime obviously. But criminals have caught themselves out by posting selfies.

    Like this guy when he put up photos of him with wads of cash. Weirdly enough, it didn’t take long before he was arrested again.

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    Or you could be these people, who were taking selfies when cash was being robbed from a McLaren by someone else.

    We’ll never know how much help they could have been

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