Chewing Gum Can Land You in Jail

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Can you lay a wreath and chew gum at the same time? Not in Turkey. A local official in a Black Sea town was arrested when he was caught chewing gum as he set down the wreath at a ceremony honoring the country's founding father, Kemal Ataturk. He was charged with insulting the memory of Ataturk. The official says he was trying to show respect, by covering up the smell of the garlic he'd eaten the night before.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

So, can you lay a wreath and chew gum at the same time? Not in Turkey. A local official in a Black Sea town caught chewing gum as he set down a wreath at a ceremony honoring the country's founding father, Kemal Ataturk, was arrested and charged with insulting the memory of Ataturk. The official says he was trying to show respect, by covering up the odor of the garlic he'd eaten the night before.

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