Stag Party Takes Photos With Sex Doll At 9/11 Memorial

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A group of British men sparked outrage when they took photos with a blow-up sex doll at the 9/11 memorial during a bachelor party on Sept. 9.

The men, who are reportedly from London, took multiple photos at Ground Zero with the blow-up sex doll just two days before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives, the Daily Mail reports.

After numerous complaints, a police officer confronted the men and asked them to leave.

When asked what the group was doing, the man who is believed to be the groom said, “It’s just a bachelor party." He responded to additional questions with, “no comment.”

“We told them that they couldn’t be here with the doll,” an NYPD source told the New York Daily News. “We told them to leave and they did. It didn’t go any farther than that.”

“I’m speechless," Rosanne Hughes of the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation, who lost her husband in the attack on the Twin Towers, said, according to the Daily Mail. "I don’t even have any words for that. That’s a disgrace. That is sacred ground. I lost my husband, and I don't even know what to say. It's disgusting.”

Seeing people take selfies at the memorial, laughing and smiling, bothers Hughes.

“Even though it's been 15 years every year is difficult and seeing things like this is heartbreaking,” she said.

“If I came face to face with these people I would say, ‘Shame on you. You have no clue to what those families have gone through and to be that disrespectful,'" Hughes added. "They should be fined. They shouldn't be allowed to get away with that."

Others feel similarly to Hughes.

“To be honest I don't understand why people are taking smiling selfies at a mass grave because that's what this was,” New Yorker Mike Opelka, who was a mile away from the towers when the attack took place, said. "Underneath us were so many thousands of bodies."

The friends Opelka lost that day are memorialized at Ground Zero.

“I try not to judge, but I think it is a little bit obnoxious when there is a lot of laughter and selfies going on here," one tourist from Austin, Texas, said. "It is a bit disrespectful. This is a cemetery and it needs to be treated as such."

Michael Frazier, executive vice president of communications and marketing at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, finds the actions of the bachelor party group to be disgusting.

“At any time this would be enraging and offensive, we are days away from commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11," he said. "This is disgusting. I have never seen anything like this or expect to see anything like this -- not even remotely close.”

“There's no reason for a human being with any sense to do that on a sacred site," Frazier continued.

He said there are no plans to introduce extra measures to prevent such behavior in the future.

“We have all the rules and regulations but people should have an inherent sense of how to act," Frazier said. "I don't even understand it if you're going to a place where so many people have died."

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Barcroft Media via Daily Mail

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