Anyone taking a 10-mile hike should know, at least, that a pair of flimsy flip flops and no water isn’t a recipe for success. Unfortunately, two hikers learned this the hard way. Two women were ridiculed on social media after a sheriff department had to rescue them from their hike even though there were numerous signs alerting them to proper attire.
Gilia County Sheriff’s Office shamed two women on Facebook after they had to be rescued from Fossil Creek hiking trail in Arizona on Sunday, April 28th.
The post read: “This hiker failed to take the posted warnings seriously as she and seven others had to be rescued out of Fossil Creek yesterday. Definitely not appropriate footwear for the ten-mile hike.”
The sheriff’s office took pictures of the two women’s feet, which showed flimsy flip flops that appeared to be held together simply by fabric. In fact, one of the women broke part of her sandal and had to do a makeshift repair. Officers spent over five hours conducting the rescue, the Daily Mail reported.
The women would not have been ridiculed online if it wasn’t for the large sign at the start of the hiking trail that plainly states: “Wear sturdy hiking shoes, not flip-flops.” Below that are other suggested tips such as: “Be sure you are able to hike 10 miles at 100 degrees at 6000 feet of elevation.”
These women instantly became a walking paradox as they continued the hike literally passing a sign that read: “200 people have to be rescued from Fossil Creek each year!” It didn’t take long for people on social media to question the two women’s intelligence. Undersheriff Michael L. Johnson of the Gila County Sheriff’s Department explained to Yahoo that they were not intentionally trying to embarrass the women.
“We try not to embarrass people or anything like that. We just want to get the information out there for people to take it seriously,” he said.
This didn’t stop people from voicing their opinions, though. One person on Facebook wrote: “This goes to show people really do not read. I hope they have to pay for the rescue since they failed to pay attention to the sign. They should each be fined $10k for having to be rescued!”
Another person wrote: “These people are why shampoo bottles have instructions on them.” Maybe next time they will think about what is needed in advance to mitigate the risk of having to be rescued again.