A social media influencer was fined $285 for posting a video on October 26 showing her hitting a golf ball into the Grand Canyon.
Katie Sigmond has 7 million TikTok followers and 3 million Instagram followers, and is best known for her prank videos, as well as her travel and golf-related content.
The video, which has since been removed, also appears to show Ms. Sigmond tossing the golf club into the canyon.
Grand National Park announced on its Facebook page on October 27 that “a person posted a video to her personal TikTok page showing her hitting a golf ball and throwing a golf club into the canyon near Mather Point.”
“The individual responsible for the incident was identified, located, and contacted by Grand Canyon Law Enforcement.” The individual is awaiting charges and a court date, the social media statement continues.
Grand Canyon Law Enforcement concluded by stating, “Throwing objects over the rim of the canyon is not only illegal, but it also poses a threat to hikers and wildlife below.”
People were quick to voice their opinions on a Reddit thread discussing the incident.
One user posted, “These people should be banned from national parks,” while another responded, “I’d say no fine and make them find the club.”
Ms. Sigmond was charged with disorderly conduct for creating a hazardous condition and throwing objects into the canyon, both of which are class B misdemeanors in the federal courts of the United States.
As a result, she faced up to six months in prison and fines of up to $5,000.
She was fined $285, and Sigmond and federal authorities signed this agreement. The total amount includes a $60 processing fee.
According to Stuff, Ms. Sigmond faced a third charge of littering, but it was dropped on the condition that she pay for the other infractions.