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By Olivia Barker, USA TODAY
Oh, Rihanna. Your titillating tweets may put you in the headlines, but they're also putting people in handcuffs.
It seems that when it comes to the pop star's shenanigans, what happens in Thailand doesn't stay in Thailand, as long as you post it on Twitter. Two weeks after her primate-cuddling Instagram photo led to the arrest of the two men who procured the hugely protected slow loris for her to snuggle, another Southeast Asian tweet has landed another local in trouble with the authorities - a sex show impresario from the island of Phuket.
A bar owner has been charged with obscenity and operating an entertainment venue without a permit as a result of a, um, particularly racy tweet of badgalriri's, which referenced one of Thailand's infamous attractions, the kind that involves naked women, live creatures (turtles, birds) and inanimate objects (razors, ping-pong balls).
"Authorities found out about this bar the morning after Rihanna tweeted about it, but we were not able to catch them violating the law until Saturday night," local district chief Weera Kerdsirimongkon told the AP. "We had been waiting for them and finally caught them red-handed."
The bar owner faces up to one month's imprisonment and a fine of up to 60,000 baht ($1,900).