The seal of the U.S. Department of State is seen on the lectern in a briefing room in Washington, D.C., Nov. 26, 2013.
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March 30, 2016 7:17 PM EDT

The State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs issued an apology Wednesday after a warning spring breakers overseas drew backlash on social media.

“Not a “10” in the US? Then not a 10 overseas,” read the post, which has since been deleted. “Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse—being robbed. #springbreakingbadly”

The agency then posted an apology for the tweets, saying it wanted Americans to “be careful while traveling.”

The message is part of a State Department social media campaign “#springbreakingbadly,” which uses funny tweets about travel scenarios to warn spring breakers traveling out of the country to remain vigilant.

Some took offense to the tweet, but others praised the agency for it’s funny, yet effective messages—or took the opportunity to get in on the joke themselves.


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