What would you do for the perfect Instagram post? Would you risk your life?
This Insta influencer was slammed when she stood in front of an approaching train at a busy junction in Thailand.
Patricia Alejos Monzon, who has lived in Australia, Spain, Sweden, and Germany posed at the famous Maeklong Railway Market, staring directly at the train a mere few metres away from her.
After uploading the picture on her social media, she was criticised for the ‘irresponsible’ post.
‘Probably not the best to promote photos like this. There are tons of kids who get in hot water attempting to emulate pics like this. Just my two cents,’ wrote one user.
‘Been there and these people are right. Yes, it may not be as fast as the other trains, but it can still move quickly. Or maybe the train operator tried to slow down because of you. Putting yourself at risk just for an Instagram picture, just for more likes, more attention, and more followers? Not worth it,’ said another person.
‘You shouldn’t promote this,’ wrote another, ‘you are giving the wrong impression of safety and some people following you might get hurt if they do the same. I’ve been there and though the train is slow, everyone should be out of the railway when it comes by.’
In the image, Patricia can be seen wearing almost matching colours to the vehicle in front of her, with her back turned to the camera. The people in front of her, and on the sides of the tracks, where vendors sell food and produce, watched on, taking pictures and videos of the whole thing.
The market is famous for the train that runs through it, however, it’s not often people stand in the way of the vehicle.
The blogger and architect, who has 30,000 followers, has defended her decision to stand in the train tracks, saying it had been moving slowly and there were no real risks.
‘First, this is not dangerous at all, and second I am not the first and won’t be the last person taking a photo here or any other dangerous places,’ she wrote.
‘It is on ourselves to be aware of the dangers and the limits. Even if I would not take this photo, people would anyway. I am not a person who takes a big risk just for a photo, I value my safety and life.
‘It was not that risky. The train was so slow that you could have walked ahead easily. It was rather dangerous how close it passed in front of the people and stands. It was like 10cm.
‘They said that it was really dangerous what I was doing,’ she wrote in the caption. ‘They were holding their cellphones filming how the train was coming at 5 km/h speed while screaming at me saying that I was at risk.
‘Well, to be honest at that speed even a turtle would have saved its life.’
Patricia, who is currently touring South East Asian, is known for her glamorous travel pics and some people defended the contraversial picture, calling it a perfect shot.