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Influencers In Bali Face Deportation After Painting Mask On Face

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Influencers In Bali Face Deportation After Painting Mask On Face

Two Instagram influencers are facing deportation for a social media stunt that saw them try to avoid Bali's strict face mask policy.

Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se uploaded a video of them strolling through a store in the Indonesian tourist hotspot.

While it might have looked like they were wearing the now unmistakable blue surgical face mask, not all was what it seemed.

Leia had actually whacked some blue paint on her face in an attempt to fool everyone in the store.

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She managed to make it past the security guard that was checking for personal protective equipment, but copped some curious glances from shoppers.

One person approached them to ask the Russian national whether her mask was real and she couldn't hide her excitement at duping a customer.

It probably wasn't the best idea to be giggling and filming themselves going between the aisles if they wanted to remain inconspicuous.

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Sadly for them, their video went viral and attracted the attention of immigration authorities, who have since swooped in.

The pair have had their passports seized and they could soon deport Josh and Leia.

I Putu Surya Dharma, a spokesperson from the regional office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers would be questioning the influencers.

According to Coconuts Bali, he said: "After that they will be examined together with Immigration to take the decision on whether or not to deport them."

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Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi, the head of Bali Civil Service Police, said the agency planned to issue a letter that recommended deportation as Josh and Leia's actions violated the expected behaviour.

He said: "They are not only violating, but deliberately provoking in public, so it's only proper to sanction them more severely, not just with a fine but also deportation."

Since their viral video got the wrong kind of attention, the influencers have issued an apology.

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They released a video onto their Instagram page and said they weren't trying to disrespect the mask mandate that's in place due to the coronavirus pandemic and didn't want to encourage others to break the rules.

They were simply trying to 'entertain people'.

Foreign nationals can expect fines of up to IDR1 million (AUD$88.51) the first time they are caught without masks. A second strike can see them deported.

Featured Image Credit: niluhdjelantik/Instagram

Topics: News, Fail

Stewart Perrie
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