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Buddha tattoo lands tourist in a Sri Lankan jail

Claiming that the exposed tattoo of Buddha on her arm was "hurting others' religious feelings", Sri Lankan authorities arrested 37-year-old Brit Naomi Michelle Coleman upon her arrival at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport on Monday. For real. Not making it up. Who knew Sri Lankans were so sensitive?

The BBC reports that after a local cabbie informed Coleman (a former Buddhist practitioner) that her tat was "a big problem" in the country, he notified the police and she was hauled in. After a stint behind bars in a Negombo prison, Coleman received a court hearing and was officially deported, although she's currently being held at an immigration detention center until she catches her flight back to the UK.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that’s a British accent. No, she doesn’t have a Buddha tattoo. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.