Taiwanese tourist Lin Tzu Ting, 26, was arrested and fined for wearing a nearly nonexistent swimsuit at an island resort in the Philippines, CNN reported Monday.
On Wednesday afternoon, the woman and her boyfriend left their hotel for a day on Boracay Beach — only to be chastened by hotel management over Ting’s tiny two-piece.
On Thursday morning, “despite the hotel management’s advice,” she wore the floss-like outfit again as she walked hand-in-hand with her partner on the sand, the government-run Philippine News Agency reported.
“They were told not to by the hotel management, but they said it was a form of art,” Boracay Inter-Agency Management and Rehabilitation Group chief Natividad Bernardino told the PNA. “We have our own cultural values as Filipinos and Asians. They should be able to respect that.”
Bernardino added that “there is no dress code . . . maybe it’s just common sense.”
Locals and hotel staffers snapped photos and video — which required blurring in the footage above — before reporting Ting’s flesh-flaunting to municipal police. She was apprehended Thursday afternoon and fined 2,500 Philippine pesos (approximately $48 USD) for “display of erotic and lewd picture.”
She was forced to put on shorts and a T-shirt before being loaded into a Jeepney wagon for a ride to the local police precinct.
Malay police chief Jess Baylon told the PNA that Ting’s “boyfriend said, ‘It’s quite normal for us in our country — and that was her way to express herself with confidence.’ ”
Ting reportedly left the Boracay resort as planned on Friday, Oct. 11.
“We have this action taken for other tourists not to follow [her actions] and (it is) also an eye-opener for resort owners to brief guests to dress appropriately,” Baylon said.