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. (Read more Kaaba stories.)

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