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Sharjah, the place where all roundabouts are called squares, has decided to shut all of its public parks until 4pm each day in order that the general public can avoid being stared at by gardeners.
The Emirate's public parks, all of 'em, will now open only from 4pm until 10pm.
According to a report in Gulf News, Sharjah Municipality official Yaseen Mohammad said: "The municipality cannot accept the responsibility of having its employees staring at women and making them feel uncomfortable."
The closures "combat this threat", according to the official, ensuring that gardeners will be able to 'tend the greenery' in the morning without having their eyeballs falling anywhere inappropriate.
Now gardeners will have to leave the parks to stare at women, a considerable inconvenience for them, I am sure.
The story's here, Gulf News having decided to take the angle of 'furious joggers' in its reporting of the move.
I'm still giggling...