Tourist fined $1,200 for swiping sand from Italian beach

Italian police fined a French tourist €1,000 ($1,200) for attempting to smuggle four pounds of Sardinia's beloved white sand out of the country. Authorities at Cagliari Elmas Airport discovered the sand in a bottle stowed in his luggage. Apparently, this is not unusual. From CNN:

A spokesman for the island's Forest Rangers told CNN: "The bottle was confiscated and is in now in our operating room where we hold these confiscated items. At the end of the year we usually have many bottles of sand accumulated."

image: Corpo Forestale