A justice of the peace in Messina, Italy recently fined three Italian girls for having the poor taste to wear Italian swimwear to an Italian beach, thus offending visiting Saudi Arabian tourists.
The Italian girls were fined an amount of approximately $3,500 each for wearing what is considered common beach wear in Italy. Their “crime”? It seems the young ladies *offended* the tender sensibilities of some Muslim tourists who insist that every female abide by their fully-covered, head-to-toe clothing requirements, even at the beach. Even when the Saudis are guests in another country.
The Saudi tourists were at a private resort in Taormina. The small town is located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy, in the Province of Messina. Taormina has popular beaches on the Ionian Sea. Apparently some people actually like to swim at these beaches. They even wear swimwear when they swim.
It apparently did not occur to the Muslim tourists to close their eyes, look elsewhere, turn around, go out for gelato, grow some thicker skin, or “when in Rome…” (Sorry, no photographs of the scandalous Italian swimwear were available. There’s always Google.)
As reported by Rick Wells in JewsNews:
It has become common place for Muslims to make demands upon others to adhere to their standards, so it should not come as too great of a surprise that they filed their complaint. What is surprising is that the Italian court concurred and fined their citizens for engaging in normal behavior.
Also in the you-have-got-to-be-kidding-department: The Italian girls were not only fined, they were also “equated with prostitutes.”
Until these judges get a grip, Italian women might want to make sure they pack a head-to-toe burkha along with their towels and sunscreen if they plan to hit the beaches in their own country. After all, we don’t want to *offend* any visiting tourists! Besides, those body tents cost a lot less than a $3,500 fine.
What’s next, burkha police at Westport, Ocean Shores, or Malibu?
Swimwear Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – public domain.