The Monkey Needs a Lawyer

Have you heard the one about the South Korean tourist in India who is suing a monkey who stole his glasses? Incredibly, it's a true story.

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SIMON: A South Korean tourist visiting the holy Hindu city of Varanasi, India, has sworn out a police complaint against a thief who crept into his hotel room and stole his reading glasses. The accused is a monkey.

Kim Dang Hoon says he opened his hotel room window for a spot of fresh air. A monkey scampered in, filched his reading glasses and leapt out. Mr. Kim called the police and was told that he had to file a criminal report so that he could make an insurance claim over the loss of his glasses. Now, monkeys roam freely over much of Varanasi, where they are considered holy.

Police Inspector Govind Singh says, with Indian understatement, it is difficult to trace the monkey but I am trying my best to locate the rouge.

Have they checked the local Barnes & Noble? Maybe the monkey is using his new reading glasses to read the new "Harry Potter."

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