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The sand theft is pretty common in Sardinia and situation is the same at various other beaches of Italy and Hawaii. Last year on Lalaria Beach of Skiathos (Greece), pebble pinching issue was reported. Tourists were caught collecting the beach"s signature white stones as souvenirs. This caused the local authority to create a law under which people could be fined between $468 (INR 33,450) and $1,170 (INR 83,626) for nipping stones from the beach. In Hawaii, lifting sand from beaches such as Papakolea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach) and Punalu’u Beach might cost one upto $100,000 (INR 7,14,500) as fine. These Hawaiian beaches are renowned for their black volcanic sands, which are quite valuable.
People generally sell off these sands in black market, and from there it goes on the e-commerce portals. Back in the year 2017, a famous e-commerce website took down several of its products as they were made using sand that was stolen from various Hawaiian beaches.
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According to a report published by a reputable media source in 2018, the world is running out of sand, which is the most universally-used natural resource. That’s the reason why sand is highly demanded. So sand theft is a threat to the planet, and tourists must understand the importance of the same.