Many banks in crime-ridden Brazil have tight security with metal detectors and, on entering the Caixa Economica Federal (CEF) branch in Sao Paulo state, Lourivaldo de Santana was asked to empty his pockets.
But after the watch, phone and other small items, one of the guards “asked him also to remove his boots and then said that if he wanted to enter he’d have to go in socks,” the Sao Paulo federal court spokesman said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, “a crowd was building up at the bank entrance because of the turmoil that occurred.”
De Santana concluded his visit shoeless, but not without suffering “humiliation,” according to a judge, who ordered he be paid 5,000 reais, or about $1,430, in damages.
This was not the only recent clothing-related ruckus at a Brazilian bank.
O Dia newspaper reported Wednesday that a woman in the southwestern Mato Grosso do Sul state got so fed up with not being cleared to pass through the metal detector that she stripped entirely.
“I took off my clothes in a sign of protest,” she was quoted as saying, alongside a picture of her at the bank in her underwear. She now faces indecency charges, O Dia reported.
Removing shoes happens at the Airports every day…….