Cancun, Mexico - (Ass Mess): Sure, it can happen any time. A well-known former UK politician, Jeffrey Archer, is busted by store detectives for suspected shop-lifting, novellist Stephen King is arrested for vandalism in an Australian bookstore for impromptu urges to sign copies of his latest thriller, and a woman claiming to be Queen Elizabeth II, Monarch of the United Kingdom is branded a squatter after refusing to budge from Buckingham Palace.
Yesterday, in a variation on this theme, a woman wearing a traditional Mayan dress arrived at Cancun's five-star Hotel Coral Beach only to find the management's greeting was to nab her under the armpits and throw her forcibly out of the revolving doors "because we are always getting these vagrant bag ladies in our foyer and have had to get tough on them to maintain our reputation".
But this was no bag lady!
Instead the woman was world-renowned Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchú, currently on a Unesco goodwill mission ahead of her Guatemalan presidential candidacy bid on an indigenous human rights ticket.
Menchú had been invited by Mexico's President Felipe Calderón to participate in a conference on drinking water and sanitation in a visit organised and paid for by the Mexican government.
Her forcible ejection from the Coral Beach Hotel left her "stunned and dazed at the diplomatic slight to her personage" according to embassy sources who had to pick up the pieces from the fracas.
"This ain't the first time these damned Mexicans have tried this disrespect on me!" Menchú later complained to the press.
"Last year I was in Tijuana addressing a symposium on contraception when armed police burst in to the auditorium and tried to shoot me for being on their Top Ten Worst Criminals List. I ask you.
"And then back in 2003 a similar thing happened in the VIP lounge at the airport where some Mexican bulldykes frisked me so hard for "explosives and contraband" that I nearly had a seizure right there and then all over their expensive carpet!"
Today the Coral Beach Hotel management apologised profusely but only after beiong threatened repeatedly with a seven figure sum lawsuit.
"It happens all the time round here. Waddya exspect? This is Mexico!"