Saudi Cop Rests Shoe on Holy Site, Sets Off Furor
Governor of Mecca orders investigation
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
A Saudi police officer takes a break in a bad spot.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – A Saudi police officer is the scourge of many in the Arab world today after a photo of him resting his shoe against a holy site went viral, reports Gulf News. The officer was snapped leaning against the Kaaba, which the BBC describes as "a square building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque, in Mecca." A hashtag that translates to #SoldierPutsHisFootOnTheKaaba is getting heavy use, along the lines of one tweet that complains, "This is the most holy place on earth, look at how he is undermining it." The governor of Mecca has ordered an investigation and disciplinary action.

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Jun 1, 2014 9:00 PM CDT
Actually I heard that he was trying to scrape dog poop off his shoe. That was just a rumor and not substantiated so relax and wait for the results of the investigation.
Lou Bernardo
Jun 1, 2014 2:43 PM CDT
The superstitious are always ready to find something to fight about. That black rock in Mecca the Towelheads worship is actually a meteorite that made it to Earth in one piece. Too bad another larger one does hit Mecca and blow it to kingdom come.
May 31, 2014 8:12 PM CDT
Take it easy my fellow Christians and put down that stone you are about to throw at the Muslims, remember that they have a long way to go to catch up with us in light of the holocaust, crusades and the inquisition. Oh and bless you too!