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Israeli tourist strips naked in anger at New Zealand men's whistles

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May 23, 2008

Wellington, New Zealand - An Israeli tourist who felt harassed when New Zealand road workers whistled at her Thursday stripped naked in response, police said.

Workmen in the small northern farming town of Kerikeri were repairing the main street when the young woman took offense at their attention.

On a balmy late-autumn day, she calmly stripped bare to use an ATM — bringing an abrupt halt to both the whistles and the road work — then put her clothes back on and walked away.

Sgt. Peter Masters said the woman told police she didn't take kindly to the men's wolf-whistles.

"She said she had thought '... I'll show them what I've got,' " as the men whistled at her, he said.

"She gave the explanation that she had been ... pestered by New Zealand men. She's not an unattractive-looking lady," he said.

Police treated the incident "as a one-off."

"She was taken back to the police station and spoken to and told that was inappropriate (behavior) in New Zealand," he added.

The woman was due to leave New Zealand later Thursday.

iht.com

Israeli tourist strips naked in anger at New Zealand men's whistles
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