I read in the newspaper today (Dagens Nyheter) about a Finnish tourist that has damaged one of the Moai-statues at Easter Island. He has reportedly cut of a piece of an ear on one of the statues. The normal punishment for this is a fine for ca 100000 skr (ca 11000€) or a possible jail-time for up to 7 years. The mayor Edmunds Paoa wants to take the punishment a step further. He wants to apply the biblical law an eye for an eye, an ear for an ear; in other words he wants a piece of Finnish ear.
It is good that Cultural Heritage crimes are made visible and taken seriously, it is also important that there are consequences on this kind of misbehaviour. Though I feel the ear thing might be a bit harsh. A problem with statements like the mayors is that the statement might be considered a fun and crazy newsflash and therefore be the news rather than the crime at hand.