Actors are banned from dressing as US soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie

Actors are banned from dressing as US soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie

November 5, 2019

Actors have been banned from dressing up as US soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie for ‘abusing tourists’ who refused to pay ‘donations’ for photographs

  • Fake guards making ‘more than £4,000 a day’ banned from Checkpoint Charlie
  • The actors dressed as US soldiers but abused tourists who did not pay for photos
  • Checkpoint Charlie was the site of one of the tensest moments of the Cold War 

Actors dressing up as US soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin have been banned for abusing tourists who refused to pay ‘donations’ for photographs.

The fake border guards were said to be making up to £4,200 a day from visitors wanting a souvenir snapshot from the former East-West Cold War crossing.

Now they have been barred by Berlin authorities after plainclothes police found tourists being verbally abused if they failed to offer a ‘donation’. 

The fake border guards were said to be making up to £4,200 a day from visitors wanting a souvenir snapshot from the former East-West Cold War crossing. A stock image of people dressed up at the border is used above [File photo]

Tom Luszeit, whose Dance Factory group provides the actors at the site, said he had to ‘fire six colleagues’ because of the ban. 

‘But we’re not giving up, we want to go back there,’ he added.

Checkpoint Charlie was the site of one of the tensest moments of the Cold War when US and Soviet tanks faced off in 1961. 

Since German unification in 1990 it has become a magnet for vendors selling fake Red Army fur hats and gas masks and people dressed in US uniforms.

They have been barred by Berlin authorities after plainclothes police found tourists being verbally abused if they failed to offer a ‘donation’. Checkpoint Charlie was the site of one of the tensest moments of the Cold War

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