Angry mom tells Hawaii tourist to ‘leave the beach’ for wearing a bikini #englishheadline
An American tourist traveling in Hawaii claims that she was confronted by a local mother who demanded that she leave a beach because she was wearing a bikini.
Savannah Sims, from Houston, Texas, opened up about the awkward encounter in a TikTok video, in which she alleged that she had been laying out on a beach on the ‘big island’ in Hawaii when she was accosted by an angry mom who took issue with her two-piece bathing suit.
‘So I just had the worst experience in Hawaii on the big island,’ she began the clip – which she appears to have filmed just minutes after the apparent confrontation took place.
‘I lay down at this spot that’s right off the road. And this family gets out of their car and sits down like kind of close to me. And the mom starts saying to her boyfriend, “No I can’t have that. That’s not OK with me.”‘
Say what? Texas native Savannah Sims claims that an angry mother told her to ‘leave’ a beach in Hawaii simply because she was wearing a bikini
Confusion: The tourist detailed the encounter in a viral TikTok video, in which she showed off the offending bikini, insisting it was ‘pretty freaking normal’
It was then that Savannah sat up and realized the woman was ‘looking at her’.
‘So I ask if there’s an issue, and she says she doesn’t want to be seeing my butt and lady parts,’ the tourist revealed, adding in the caption: ‘I was lying on my back so she couldn’t even see my butt.’
Savannah then proceeded to show off the bikini she was wearing, insisting that it is ‘pretty fricking normal’ and not particularly skimpy.
‘To be clear, this is my bathing suit. Pretty fricking normal, right?’ she said, while filming the two-piece, which featured a sports bra-style top and skimpier bottoms that showed off part of her bottom.
According to the furious tourist, the woman continued on her rant, saying that she ‘didn’t come [to the beach] to see her body’. But despite Savannah offering to cover herself up, the mother demanded that she leave the beach because she was ‘in the way’ of the woman’s ‘view’.
‘I asked what the issue was, and what I needed to cover because she was with a kid so I was trying to be respectful,’ Savannah explained.
Upset: Savannah is currently traveling around Hawaii, and was on the main island when the encounter took place
Awkward: The TikToker said she was lying on her back when the mother and her family came and sat down ‘close’ to her, only for the mom to start making rude remarks
Making amends? Savannah insisted that she offered to cover up, however the woman said she wanted her to leave because she was ‘in the way of her view’
‘And she just said that she wanted me to leave. I was in the way of her view. So I got up and left, and she said “mahalo” and it ruined my day.’
While posting the video on TikTok – where it has earned a staggering 992,000 views – Savannah suggested that the woman’s attitude towards her was not entirely based on her choice of swimwear, but rather aimed at her because she is a tourist.
‘[I know] tourists can be a lot when you live in Hawaii, but keep in mind that the world isn’t yours, it’s to be shared,’ she wrote in the caption of her post.
To add insult to injury, a frustrated Savannah explained in a follow-up clip that the woman in question took off her skirt shortly after the encounter, only to reveal that she was wearing a ‘straight thong’.
‘OK update, she is wearing a straight thong bikini. Which is totally fine, I wear those all the time,’ she said, before suggesting once again that the woman’s issue with her likely had nothing to do with what she was wearing.
‘But to call me out and then take off your skirt and be rocking a G-string… Either she’s a hypocrite or it wasn’t about what I was wearing,’ she concluded.
Savannah’s videos were quickly flooded with comments – some of which were posted by Hawaiian users apologizing for the woman’s behavior.
Hypocritical? Savannah revealed in a follow-up video that the woman who confronted her was actually wearing a ‘straight thong bikini’ herself
Issue: In her caption, Savannah suggested that the woman was attacking her simply because she was a tourist
‘We [Hawaiian people] really just don’t like tourist[s] but this is just wrong,’ one person wrote. ‘As a local I am sorry because the local girls here do the exact same.’
‘As a native islander from the Big Island… we do not claim her,’ a fellow Hawaiian wrote. ‘That is not the Aloha spirit we are raised with.’
Another added: ‘My neighbor is from Hawaii and he says the locals are sick of the tourist[s]. Maybe she is a local and tired of tourist[s]. But they need to be nice.’
‘When I went to Hawaii I got a lot of dirty looks and people talking about me,’ another American user chimed in. ‘My friend that lived there said they basically hate mainland people.’
However not everyone was supportive of Savannah’s post – and she faced furious criticism for insisting that Hawaiian people need to ‘share’ their world with tourists.
‘I’m from the Big Island of Hawai’i. That beach was my playground. I don’t get the lady’s issue. Sorry bout it. However you lost me [with] your caption,’ one person wrote.
‘The caption just shows why you need to leave and never go back,’ another commented. ‘Hawaii has had to “share” since the US forcibly took over in 1959. The ignorance.’
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