The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says they are having to spend tons of time and money rescuing people who hurt themselves while trying to take selfies for social media.
Deputy Steve Douchette of the L.A. Search and Rescue Team said that each rescue costs about $10,000 minimum.
Let's just say your "look at me, I'm hiking!" selfie is definitely not worth $10,000...
“[People] go on up there and they do it and they realize ‘Wow, that water wasn’t quite as deep as I thought.’ Typically we get the broken leg, broken back, broken head and then they’re in a remote location,” Doucette said.
County search and rescue teams said they made a total of 681 rescue missions in 2017. According to officials, that's up almost 40% since 2013.
Deputy Douchette says social media is mostly to blame...
A California woman who was hiking a National Park in Michigan died after falling down a cliff right after taking a selfie of herself https://t.co/pOPv11Hpnm— CBS Detroit (@CBSDetroit) September 25, 2018
It's the second tallest arched railroad bridge in America. Razor wire, security guards and hefty fines won't keep people out. Tourists from around the world seek out the #VanceCreekBridge for a selfie — and some take their photo ops to dangerous levels. https://t.co/qdyXEkSiK0— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) August 30, 2018
This is incredible.— Michelle Garrett (@PRisUs) September 25, 2018
It's not worth it for a selfie, people.
Social Media Is Making the Outdoors 38 Percent More Dangeroushttps://t.co/kahq4RsW5I @IndefiniteWild @outsidemagazine #socialmedia pic.twitter.com/J6JCMWfpjV
Read the full report at CBS Los Angeles, and don't put your life at risk for a silly Instagram post.