If you go another place, especially to countries with strict rules like those in the Middle East, it actually pays to be extra careful and to do research beforehand as things that mean nothing to you could actually land you in jail!
This is what happened to Jamie Harron, from Stirling, Scotland, who now faces charges for ‘public indecency’ which carries a sentence of 3 years in jail after he put his hand on another man’s hip.
While Harron explained that he only did so to avoid bumping into the man and spilling his drinks, the other guy wouldn’t accept his explanation and wanted him jailed for indecency.
His ordeal started last June when he and some friends were out drinking at the popular Rock Bottom bar in Dubai while on vacation from his job in Afghanistan.
They had just arrived at the bar and were trying to bring their drinks across the dance floor when he held out his hands to avoid getting bumped by an Arab guy. In doing so, his hands touched the man’s hip, angering the guy.
Even though Harron tried to explain his side, the angry man refused to accept his explanation. What’s worse is that the cops took the man’s side and brought him to jail where he remains incarcerated as of press time.
Many of his friends tried to convince the Arab guy to drop the charges, calling it ridiculous but the ‘victim’ flatly refused. They now believe this is just another ‘power-tripping’ case but are powerless to do anything about it, especially with the country’s strict rules.
“The whole thing is like a horrible dream and I just don’t know when it is going to end. I thought it would be over by now but it feels like it will never be,” he revealed. “This has broken me, financially and emotionally.”
He’s definitely not the only one suffering.
“We are a very close family and it is killing us to think of him spending even three nights in jail, let alone three years,” Harron’s dad Graham said. He also said that his son is a ‘good boy’ who never got into trouble with the law.
They have spent over £32,000 ($42,500) in legal fees and various expenses but it seems that Harron wouldn’t win this one.
Can you believe this is even happening at all?