Hitchhiker throws "hissy fit" after waiting four days for a lift

French tourist attacked road signs and abused motorists

Recently eroded blocks of limestone Punakaiki, West Coast, New Zealand

A French hitchhiker allegedly went "berserk" in a tiny New Zealand town when he spent four days trying to get a lift.

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The 27-year-old traveller was visiting Punakaiki and later tried to hitchhike south.

According to the Guardian, on the fourth day of trying, he allegedly attacked the Welcome to Punakaiki sign with a rock, threw road signs into a local river and abused drivers.

Local resident Neil Mouat told the newspaper: "Oh he threw an absolute hissy fit; he was lying prone on the road screaming that New Zealanders were assholes and he couldn't wait to get back to Europe."

Mouat, who branded him a "spoilt millennial," called the police and he was arrested.

According to Stuff.co.nz, the hitchhiker was charged with wilful damage and pleaded guilty in court.

He faces a $3000 reparation charge for the damaged road sign.

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