Tourists Face Steep Fine for Stealing This From Sardinia


The $1,200 fines were imposed by Italian officials beginning in August.

The following article was published by BBC.com

Why Sardinia’s tourists taking sand as souvenir face fine

Famed for its pristine beaches, the Mediterranean island of Sardinia has hit back at holidaymakers who have been pinching its sand.

Under a law that came into force on 1 August, four tourists have been given €1,000 (£920; $1180) fines while trying take sand, stones or seashells home.

They were caught by X-rays as they left Elmas airport in the capital Cagliari.

It might seem heavy-handed, but for years islanders have complained about the theft of their natural assets.

In 1994, access to the renowned pink beach on the Budelli island to the north-east of Sardinia was banned amid concerns about its future. Continue reading at BBC.com.

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