A U.S. businesswoman was arrested by Saudi Arabia’s religious police for sitting with a male co-worker at Starbucks, says CBS news.
She sat with a male colleague in the Starbucks’ family area, the only place women are allowed to sit with men.
“Some men came up to us with very long beards and white dresses. They asked ‘Why are you here together?’ I explained about the power being out in our office. They got very angry and told me what I was doing was a great sin,” she told the Times.
Following her arrest and interrogation, the woman was hauled before a judge.
“He said ‘You are sinful and you are going to burn in hell.’ I told him I was sorry. I was very submissive. I had given up. I felt hopeless,” she told the Times.