So an American woman in an Islamic getup walks into a Starbucks somewhere in Saudi Arabia…
And the waiter asks, "Would you like bruises and a strip search with that latte?"
OK, it wasn't a waiter is was a Saudi pig… er… policeman, and the woman had committed a "terrible sin." What was the sin, you ask? No, it wasn't that she paid five bucks for a cup of coffee – she sat with a man she was neither related nor married to. Christ, you know it ain't easy!
Apparently, in Saudi Arabia they don't have "smoking and "non-smoking" sections, they have "related" and "mingle at your own risk" sections.
Interestingly, there was no word on the treatment the man who led her astray received or whether the woman got to finish her latte, but she's back in America and refusing to give her name out of concern for her friends and associates still in the Magic Kingdom. Sharia, baby! It's not just for dinner anymore.
Meanwhile, half a Middle East away, a 22-year-old guy in Iran has been sentenced to death. His crime was having a fourth drink.
More accurately, he was given the death penalty because of three previous convictions for alcohol consumption. Now that's what I call a temperance movement!
And a few weeks ago, three other Iranians had their right hands and left feet "recycled" because they were convicted of theft. It wasn't exactly what the victims were hoping for in the way of restitution, but they felt at least they'd have some conversation pieces.