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A Government Account's Tweet About Spring Break Went Over Very, Very Poorly

The #SpringBreakingBadly hashtag is, ironically enough, going badly.

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Ah, Spring Break. The time of year when a college student's thoughts turn to flights of fancy and drinking enough to vomit the entirety of the contents of their stomach and then some. Truly, a bad decision-maker's Christmas.

In order to prevent Americans from having their lives ruined by things other than excessive consumption and venereal complications, the State Department's official @TravelGov Twitter account has been tweeting advice with the hashtag #SpringBreakingBadly.

Spring break travelers - Wouldnt think about doing it in the US? Then dont do it when you are in another country #springbreakingbadly

Most of it is pretty solid advice, albeit with all the subtlety of the PSAs that most children's shows were forced to air back in the 1990s.

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A tweet that went out on Tuesday, aimed at preventing people from becoming unwitting drug mules, was along those lines — good advice, but kind of weird and the target of many jokes along the lines of "...and the problem is?"

Somebody offered you a free trip abroad, but the free luggage they offered is lined with cocaine. Beware of these scams #springbreakingbadly

Regardless of the fact that it's actually pretty decent advice to be on your guard overseas, people took offense to the use of the classic 1-10 hotness rating scale. (Besides, Colin from Love Actually totally disproves the tweet.)

The poor staffers running the account — identified in the bio as Kaitlin and Alyssa — soon faced a flood of tweets expressing the verbal equivalent of a facepalm.

John Kerry, call your (social media) office #springbreakingbadly

And while they tried to defend themselves...

@gonicholasgo We made no mention of gender. This can happen to anyone unfortunately.

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(Sometimes both missing the "joke" and forgetting the crucial period before the tweet while doing so...)

@AustinChristie @wfburchell19 exactly our point! because you have money, you may be targeted. #springbreakingbadly https://t.co/Z2n0ByP3KB

...people weren't prepared to stop mocking the account.

LOOK THESE GORGEOUS SLOVAK MODELS SAY IN THEIR COUNTRY I'M CONSIDERED EXTREMELY HANDSOME. I NEED THIS OK https://t.co/j2zf3IeU8u

Both satirizing the tweet...

State Dept: You're ugly and nobody likes you. Trust no one. #springbreakingbadly

And calling out the State Department for being tone deaf.

@TimHerrera @TravelGov since when does the State Department neg its own citizens?

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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