Please people stop taking selfies near the London tower fire disaster

 mashable.com  6/20/2017 3:03:50 PM   Gianluca Mezzofiore

It probably should go without saying, but just like for everything in life there's an appropriate time and place to take a selfie, and the charred remains of Grenfell Tower in London where at least 79 people died is not one of them. 

In case "disaster tourists" have lost all common sense and taste, displaced residents of the massive fire had to put up signs pleading visitors to "stop taking pictures" and "stop taking selfies." 

As the tweet says, it's kind of depressing that this even needs to be said and that people who have lost literally everything in the fire have to worry about that.

“This is not the time or place to take selfies – in front of a tower block where my friends passed away," Lorraine Warrington, who lives on the nearby Silchester estate, told Metro.

Another resident, Natasha Gordon, told CNN: "There have been loads [of people]. People taking this as a party, disrespectfully coming to take photos without even so much as leaving flowers or a card."

Wayne Kilo Lewis, a resident who lost several friends in the fire, said: "It was such a disgrace to see people taking selfies with the tower behind them, thinking it was OK to do that in front of residents and people who lost their loved ones in the fire. 

"It broke my heart to see people all dressed up like it was (the Notting Hill) Carnival and guys trying to get girls' phone numbers."

Other locals left similar comments on Twitter: 

And people were sympathetic to the victims: 

Disaster selfies are not a new phenomenon. 

In April, the mayor of Amatrice, the Italian town where almost 300 people died during a devastating earthquake, demanded that visitors stop taking selfies near the town rubble. 

“Don't come to Amatrice to take selfies by the rubble, otherwise I’ll get pissed off,” Sergio Pirozzi told Rai news. “This morning I surprised and chased away some people who were photographing themselves by the ruins.”

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