After numerous visitors called officials of Ribadesella, Spain, to complain about the mess left behind by various animals, the village had one response…don’t come here.
“Last week we had a lady who called us three or four times over a rooster that was waking her up at 5 a.m.,” said Ramón Canal, Ribadesella’s mayor. “She told us that we had to do something.”
Town officials wanted the complaining public to know how they really felt and came up with a tongue-in-cheek poster campaign that asks the urban tourists to “assume all the risks” that come with life in the rural area, according to The Guardian.The village of Ribadesella, Spain, doesn’t want bellyaching tourists.
“Here we have church bells that ring out regularly, roosters that crow early in the morning and herds of livestock that live nearby and at times carry cowbells that also make noise,” the post reads. “If you can’t handle all this, you may not be in the right place,”
Canal told a Spanish broadcaster that the goal of the poster campaign is not to mock city-slickers, but to close the gap between those who live in cities and rural residents. “One needs to realize that milk doesn’t come in cartons, it comes from cows, and that you have to feed and maintain them,” she said to Spain’s Antena 3.
The Ribadesella poster campaign idea originated from the French village of Saint-André-de-Valborgne, where urban visitors also complained about rural life. The town launched a poster campaign of their own that warned tourists about tolling church bells, cowbells and crowing roosters, the deputy mayor, Luis Sánchez, said.
“To hear a rooster crowing at night is normal,” Sánchez told the newspaper La Voz de Asturias. “If you come to a rural hotel, you have to be aware that this is daily life in the villages.”