Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Don't die here - or else!
From the village of Sarpourenx in France comes this interesting vignette.
They've run out of space in the village cemetery, so the mayor has promulgated a rule that "all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish".
To add insult to injury, those disobeying Mayor Gerard Lalanne's injunction will, he says, be "severely punished".
I'm not quite sure how you go about punishing someone who's died. Perhaps he'll revive them for chastisement? Threaten to take away their good-conduct privileges in Purgatory? Send the riot police after their surviving relatives?
I suppose if one plans to die there, regulations notwithstanding, this might be described as a "grave plot" against the authorities!