Borat has a lot to answer for as Polish authorities are on the hunt for a group of men who’ve been terrorising Krakow in lime green mankinis.
The atrocious fashion trend hit headlines in 2006’s Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Sacha Baron Cohen bared all with the brave choice of swimwear and started the fashion faux pas trending on stag dos around the world.
The mankini wasn’t the end though. The Only Way is Essex stars Bobby Norris and Harry Derbidge were later seen sporting the C-String, which left even less to the imagination. Thankfully, neither trend fully took off on our shores and have instead been confined to practical jokes.
In 2017, Baron Cohen famously offered to pay the fines of six tourists who were arrested for wearing mankinis in Kazakhstan. Now, Polish police are apparently appealing for any information on four English-speaking tourists who roamed the streets of Krakow in their mankinis.
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The quartet is wanted for breaking public indecency laws. Captured by an Associated Press photographer, the men were seen in Krakow’s historic Renaissance Market Square and climbed into a horse-drawn carriage.
Police spokesman Sebastian Glen said: “At the moment no one has been accused – we are still looking. There was a witness who says… they were speaking English. They could be Australian or from other countries in Europe who use English. So we don’t know yet if they were British.”
Glen admitted, “It will not be easy to locate them. If they have already returned to their country it could be difficult”, but vowed to continue the hunt. Although Krakow gets a lot of tourists, Glen said this kind of incident is relatively rare.”
However, he confirmed this isn’t the only time a group of men have left the force looking a little red-faced:
“I remember a few years ago we had to fine some Englishmen who ran naked through the market square…Many of them come for the weekend and sometimes we have incidents connected to alcohol, like being too loud or fighting, but to be almost naked in a public place? That’s not common at all.”
If the men are caught, they could face a 5000 zloty (£1,000) fine or 30 days in custody. I bet they’ll be rethinking their swimwear options next time.
What’s more worrying is the cold weather in Krakow this time of year. I don’t imagine bystanders were in for much of a show in the trouser department of those mankinis!
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