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Don’t drop the f-bomb
An Australian man faces three years in prison for using the f-word.
October 26, 2009 10:47 by kippreport
A man who was arrested last month for swearing at a policeman in Dubai airport has had his passport confiscated, reported the Australian press on Monday. Former Australian soldier Sun McKay, 32, allegedly said “What the f–?” when a UAE police officer grabbed his arm.
“This guy in a blue shirt grabbed my wrist quite hard, pulled me towards him and started yelling at me in Arabic,” explained McKay.
He was taken to an interrogation following the incident, where he was questioned for three hours before being booked for using insulting and inappropriate language to an officer.
McKay’s passport was confiscated, and his case is pending trial. He faces up to three years in prison, followed by deportation.
Three years for dropping the f-bomb? We understand the cultural sensitivities, but Kipp thinks it’s unrealistic to expect people to remain calm when they’re being manhandled… especially if they’re just passing through, and they don’t know the UAE’s cultural norms.
Besides, Kipp thought the country was trying to attract tourists, not freak them out. In most countries, using the f-word could get you beaten up, which is fair enough. But jail time… that’s a little much for a country keen reviving its tourism sector.