The Herald reports:
A Frenchman whose attempts to hitchhike out of the West Coast landed him in court says New Zealand should be renamed “Nazi Zealand”.
Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre, 27, appeared in Greymouth District Court this morning charged with wilful damage after his disastrous four-day mission to get out of Punakaiki. Rault-Verpre pleaded guilty to damaging road signs.
Punakaiki is between Westport and Greymouth and has a fair amount of traffic. If he didn’t get any lifts in four days, then maybe he was doing something wrong. Coasters are pretty friendly.
Also who spends four days in the same spot trying to hitchhike? Seriously. He could have walked to Greymouth in 10 hours. Or caught a bus.
Regardless of his claims around waiting four days for a lift, why damage some road signs because no one picks you up?
Outside court, Rault-Verpre said New Zealand should be renamed “Nazi Zealand”.
Asked how long he had been in this country he replied, “too long – way too long – and I’ve been to 80 countries”.
I’m wondering if his attitude is why no one picked him up. He is not the victim here.