Saudi Arabia Police Demand Female Puppet Wear Veil

Police in Saudi Arabia "detained" the mascot of a pastry shop for not wearing a veil in public.

The puppet is part of a bakery's promotional campaign. "As part of a promotional campaign, a bakery in Riyadh had the man dress up in a costume depicting an unveiled Muppet-like woman in a blue gown."

He appeared in photographs posted on Twitter and Instagram as he greeted customers – but apparently offended Muslim sensibilities, since in Saudi Arabia, women are required to cover their hair and, in some parts of the country, their faces.

Authorities with the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice quickly reminded the mascot of religiously acceptable dress code, the Washington Post reported.

The man dressed up as the puppet was seen sitting in the vehicle of Saudi Arabia's religious police. He “expressed regret” about the incident.

Some locals found the incident funny.

"The doll is an irresponsible teenager,” one wrote.

Another man tweeted that the doll “had a lot of makeup on because it wanted to seduce people.”

But some people took the incident seriously. One person tweeted that the mascot violated religious law by cross-dressing. The police “are entitled to do this because the doll resembled” a woman, he wrote.