Dubai has jailed and deported a Polish tourist who leapt from a moving taxi to urinate from the busy Al Maktoum Bridge in full public view – but the tourist claims he had no option.
The offence landed graphic designer Milosz Poprawski in jail for 10 days with a fine of AED 1000 (AUD 360) followed by deportation.
Speaking to Dubai’s News Xpress from his hometown in the Polish city of Krakow, Poprawski said he couldn’t help his action as he suffers from a medical condition and was on diuretics, drugs that promote the production of urine.
Poprawski said he was heading by private taxi to Deira from his hotel in the Palm to celebrate his 30th birthday with a dhow cruise, and had spent over two hours in heavy traffic when the urge to relieve himself became too great.
When the driver refused his repeated requests to stop, Poprawski said he had no option but to leap from the moving cab and urinate off the bridge.
“I had no clue of where we were and what could be the implications,” Poprawski told the news outlet.
The taxi driver said that as he pulled over to wait for his passenger, a motorist in a Rolls Royce filmed Poprawski in the act and also photographed the taxi’s number plate.
“Minutes later I got a call asking me to report to Muraqqabat police station,” the driver said.
Poprawski told the Xpress that if it hadn’t been for some “really helpful people”, he could have been held in the UAE for months over the incident. He had planned to be there just six days.
Written by Peter Needham