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Samoan Teenager Arrested for Mocking Prime Minister

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Justice: Samoan Style.

A Samoan boy has been arrested for talking smack about the island nation’s Prime Minister. 

The teenager took part in a video that ridiculed Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele and used “insulting words”. Police on the scene say the video, filmed with a cell phone on a plantation, was “emotionally distressful” and included “verbal harassment” of the prime minister. The video itself is being kept under wraps, but my guesses would be it’s either criticizing his weight, his crazy unpopular idea to switch from driving on the right to driving on the left, or allegations of prisoners working on government officials’ plantations. Probably not the first one considering everyone in Samoa is morbidly overweight

Anyways, once the video went to Facebook, the village chiefs in his home village Sili, went cocoNUTS and arrested the boy. Matai or chiefs of the village also fined the boy’s family $10,000, 30 cartons of tinned fish and two cows. 30 cartons of tinned fish? That’s a year’s salary in Samoa! But if they don’t pony up the tinned fish and cows, the village may evict the family.

The prime minister accepted the apology of the village but the boy is still being held in custody until the police determine if he should be brought to court. But at this point, all signs point to yes.

Yikes. Imagine what would have happened if he called the Prime Minister a potato?

Via:  Samoa Observer

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Samoa Air: Pay What you Weigh!

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Samoa Air has become the world’s first airline to charge passengers according to their weight.

To book a flight on Samoa Air, passengers must submit their personal weight along with their luggage weight. The cost of their flight will then be calculated based on the combined weight and the length of the flight.

The airline’s website says: “Booking a flight with us is as easy as inputting your approximate weight into our online booking engine (don’t worry, we will weigh you again at the airport) – you then can prepay your ‘guesstimate’, guaranteeing you that much weight is allocated to you for that flight … with Samoa Air, you are the master of how much (or little!) your air ticket will cost.”

Although the airline started this system in January, it has only recently gained attention when it began launching international flights to nearby American Samoa last week.

The small carrier, which was only launched last year, is being criticized by some (mainly the obese), who believe it’s discrimination or “fatism”.

But Chris Langton the Samoa Air CEO disagreed with this saying:

“Once people have acknowledged that the aeroplane runs by weight and not by seats it makes it a lot easier for them to understand and recognise that it’s actually the fairest possible system of air carriage that’s available.”

He also added that families may be “pleasantly surprised” by the pricing system as they may end up paying less because of their children’s weight.

Perhaps this would be true for normal families, but we’re talking Samoan families. Samoa regularly tops the list of fattest countries in the world with over 80% of its population aged 15+ overweight.

What other countries will have trouble affording Air Samoa rates? Here’s the Top Ten Fat List:

  •  Nauru 95%
  • Micronesia 92%
  • Cook Islands 92%
  • Niue 84%
  • Samoa 83%
  • Palau 81%
  • United States 79%
  • Tonga 77%
  • Kiribati 77%
  • Dominica 76%

And which countries won’t have a problem affording the rates? (aside from the developing nation/crippling poverty/Asian body factors)

  • Sri Lanka 9%
  • Indonesia 9%
  • Sudan 19%
  • Singapore 21%
  • Djibouti 21%
  • Philippines 22%
  • Comoros 24%
  • Yemen 25%
  • Thailand 28%
  • Japan 30%

Via: The Guardian

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