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He confused 'pomegranate' with 'grenade': a Russian-speaking tourist in Portugal scared a waiter and ended up at a police station

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A Russian-speaking tourist in Portugal confused 'pomegranate' with 'grenade'

A Russian-speaking tourist from Azerbaijan inadvertently caused a commotion at a restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal, and ended up at a police station. The man confused the words 'pomegranate' and 'grenade' when ordering juice, which alarmed the waiter.

The phrase 'pomegranate juice' was inaccurately translated by a language app. Due to this misunderstanding, the Russian-speaking Azerbaijani was apprehended by five armed police officers, as reported by The Telegraph, citing the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã.

According to the source, the tourist used his phone to translate the Russian word 'pomegranate' and then composed a sentence in Portuguese to convey his order to the restaurant staff in the Caixo do Sodre district.

The issue here is that in Russian, as well as in Ukrainian, the words 'granat' and 'pomegranate' are the same, but in Portuguese, they are two distinct words: 'romã' means 'pomegranate,' and 'granada' means 'grenade.' This nuance was lost in translation via the app.

Consequently, the waiter perceived the guest as making a threat to detonate the restaurant. Alarmed, he contacted the police.

An anti-terrorist unit arrived at the scene. The tourist was instructed to lie face down on the street when five armed police officers approached, immobilized him, and then handcuffed him. This is corroborated by footage from CCTV cameras.

He confused 'pomegranate' with 'grenade': a Russian-speaking tourist in Portugal scared a waiter and ended up at a police station

The man was taken to the nearest police station for questioning. It was determined that the tourist was not carrying any weapons or other hazardous items. Subsequently, his hotel room was also inspected. Furthermore, Lisbon law enforcement officials checked the 'suspect' in their database and consulted with sources from the Portuguese anti-terrorist coordination unit, where the Azerbaijani individual was found to have a clean record.

Previously, OBOZ.UA reported on new regulations introduced in the duty-free area of a popular resort's airport due to tourists from Russia.

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