Drunk tourist rips up passport to use as toilet paper

This is toilet paper: not an important travel document.

This is toilet paper: not an important travel document.

Tearing out pages of a passport to use as toilet paper - it's the kind of resourcefulness that Bear Grylls himself might admire.

But Thai immigration officials were less than impressed when a British tourist presented her torn-up travel document, which she and a friend had used when caught short on a drunken night out.

Faye Wilson, 28, was turned back at the airport in Bangkok and escorted on a flight home with a security guard because of the state of her passport, the Daily Mail reported.

The hairdresser said: "Thai immigration just opened my passport and started looking through it, and asked 'what's happened here?'

"I just said that I had lost the pages because I was too embarrassed to explain the real reason."

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Wilson said she had ripped "two or three" pages out of her passport out to use as toilet paper while out on the town five years ago.

"We were walking from one bar to the next and we must have been desperate for a wee and obviously didn't have any toilet roll," she told the Daily Mail.

"We decided it would be a good idea to use my passport, which is obviously really stupid."

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Wilson, who was planning on spending a month in Thailand before heading to Australia to work for a year, was forced to fly home and apply for an emergency passport.

But she said she was "baffled" by the experience, as she had used the passport up to eight times in the past five years without any problems.

"I felt like I was a criminal - people were looking at me wondering why a border official is someone sat with me the whole time.

"I don't know what a criminal looks like but I'm not one."

What's the silliest thing you've ever done on your travels? Share your stories in the comments.

 - Stuff

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