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What do a rhino, a cheeseburger and a hipster have in common?

October 20, 2014 Corporate No Comments Email Email

The seasoned traveller knows only too well that even the most unfortunate circumstances can happen to the best of us. So what do Africa, a cheeseburger, and spearfishing have in common?

New data released today by Allianz Global Assistance, a leader in assistance services, reveals some of the most unusual (or plain unlucky) claims made by Aussies when travelling overseas.

  • Good karma backfires: A volunteer helping animals at a zoo had his finger bitten off by a rhino. Ouch!
  • Food for thought: An Aussie man was throwing a cheeseburger to his friend across a balcony when he slipped and fell over the edge.
  • Wrong bullseye: When spearfishing, a man mistook his foot for marine life and impaled himself.
  • Hipster horror: An Aussie attending the Burning Man festival tried to help a fire-breathing hipster when he accidentally set his beard alight.
  • Undercover adultery: An unfaithful woman suffered a motorcycle accident whilst holidaying with her secret boyfriend, while her hubby was at home in Australia.

“We have observed a number of extraordinary claims that extend beyond the usual travel woes of lost luggage or missed flights,” says John White, General Manager of Travel & Medical at Allianz Global Assistance. “No matter how unconventional the issue is, we take all claims seriously and do our best to provide assistance where we can.”

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