Sharing a photo of your butt on Instagram can get your account suspended, sure. That's a story we've heard many times.
But apparently, it can also get you arrested.
The two men behind an Instagram account called "Traveling Butts" recently took their social media project one step too far. As reported by the Associated Press, the since-deleted account was filled with photos of the two men mooning the camera from various travel destinations. They most recently bared their butts outside of Wat Arun, a famous Buddhist temple in Thailand.
This appears to be their original shot in front of the temple, re-uploaded to a new account with blur marks over their butts:
Soon after, they were subsequently arrested for indecent exposure.
However, the arrest was not instantaneous. As the AP explains, the men reportedly left the temple scot-free. But when they arrived at the Bangkok airport at the end of their trip, they were placed under arrest.
Their photo had spread so widely on the internet that the police were already investigating the men by the time they arrived at the airport. The suspects had to pay a fine of about $150 each, they were turned over to immigration authorities, and their Instagram account was deleted.
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The reason the photo became such a problem is because of several rules in Thailand. As noted by the AP, those visiting Thai temples are "expected to dress modestly" and often cover their shoulders. And while breaking that rule is not a crime, local police might choose to charge them under the "computer crimes act," a law that many believe exists to hinder the right to free speech, namely for political activists and "those accused of insulting Thailand’s monarchy."
And even though their account was taken down (it's unclear if they took it down voluntarily or if it was suspended), a new Instagram account also called Traveling Butts emerged on Tuesday. The page seems to have photos of various pairs of butts, besides the butts of our two unnamed butt heroes.
Here's hoping these two make it back to America with their butts still intact.