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05 March 2008 @ 06:18 pm
Death Defeated By Decree  
Cemetery full, mayor tells locals not to die

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - The mayor of a village in southwest France has threatened residents with severe punishment if they die, because there is no room left in the overcrowded cemetery to bury them.

In an ordinance posted in the council offices, Mayor Gerard Lalanne told the 260 residents of the village of Sarpourenx that "all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish."

It added: "Offenders will be severely punished."
 
 
Current Mood: bemused
 
 
 
madfilkentist: CarlWindowmadfilkentist on March 6th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of a college laundry room which had a sign: "Absolutely no dyeing allowed." Someone wrote under it: "Anyone caught dead will be shot on sight!"