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Man with 453 piercings denied entry into Dubai

Man With 453 Piercings Denied Entry Into Dubai

Rolf Buchholz has 453 piercings on his body, but does that mean he should be banned from a city?

Buchholz has 158 piercings around his mouth alone and has two horns implanted in his skull. Friday, he was on his way to appear at the Cirque le Soir nightclub in the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. Buchholz made it through immigration control at Dubai's airport but says he was then stopped on his way to pick up his luggage. An airport official wanted to check his passport once again. "In the end, I must go back to Germany ... they give no official reason ... the people who bring me to the airplane, they say they thought I was black magic."

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NBC says nightclub employees tried to work with airport officials to get permission for Buchholz to enter Dubai but were told he wasn't allowed in the country due to "security reasons." Officials at the airport put Buchholz on a flight to Istanbul, where he would take another flight back home to Germany. He tweeted: "On the way back home. Dubai I will never come back!!!"

But even hornless visitors have had issues with Dubai's authorities in recent months. In April, The National says the drummer for heavy metal band Scorpions was arrested and thrown in jail after authorities said he flashed his middle finger, swore and mooned a group of Muslims on his flight from Moscow to Bahrain.

The Wall Street Journal notes harsh rules concerning alcohol consumption and women having sex before marriage have gotten quite a few travelers in trouble.

RT says the United Arab Emirates is well-known for a strict border regime. Officials are so precise, they once reportedly found a sugar-grain-sized piece of cannabis in a man's shoe.

Buchholz, whom the Guinness Book of World Records named the most-pierced man in 2010, tweeted that his luggage is still lost in Dubai.

Dubai officials have not commented about the incident.

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patric9956 August 19 2014 at 6:55 AM

Seems like there is still a semblance of common sense left in this world. That man is disturbed and he exclaims he'll never go back to Dubai......like they really care.

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onionson August 19 2014 at 5:39 AM

Wow, Dubai and I are finally on the same page. He said he will never return to Dubai. That must have really hurt.He better hope Germany lets him back in.

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gatorsigns4 August 19 2014 at 6:51 AM

I wouldn't want this sick looking animal in my city either!

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grudgrime August 19 2014 at 7:50 AM

Good for them...People have a right to look how they want in most places, but if you are going to travel you better make sure your destination agrees with you...if not Too bad for you! Just like the Scorpions drummer, you want to enter a country and flip them off, buh bye, take your garbage behavior elsewhere!!!

I love it!!!

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tharper001 grudgrime August 19 2014 at 12:33 PM

People enter this country every day and flip us off... yet, we let them stay, even when they are illegal!!!! They won't learn the language, they want to block our streets with prayers from a religion that promotes terrorism... Buh Bye... please, please, take your garbage behavior back to where you came from!!!!

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quarterz25 August 19 2014 at 7:01 AM

I am not sure what would possess someone to maim themselves like that but it is not normal. He has ruined his body for no purpose. The whole tattoo/piercing thing is disgusting. These people that do it do not realize they are killing any chance for a decent job in the future. Just think what this guy will look like in 35 years.

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rantaki2001 August 19 2014 at 9:14 AM

Dubai should have asked him to remove and put them all in the tray to go on the conveyor belt for screening. That would be an interesting sight.

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cenvalref August 19 2014 at 5:37 AM


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ranger197172 cenvalref August 19 2014 at 10:43 AM

And imagine he makes a living out of people paying to see him.

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CAMERON ranger197172 August 19 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yes. Maybe they better. Have a .?

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mrsloav ranger197172 August 19 2014 at 9:50 PM

I'd pay NOT to see him.

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naojf22936 August 19 2014 at 6:25 AM

Piercings/tattoo's are a sign of the beast. These people are caught up in the dark world.

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Garland August 19 2014 at 8:26 AM

Women that cover their face should not be allowed in the US. They look like thiefs.

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anvmd August 19 2014 at 7:04 AM

So sick - such a lack of sense and direction - such a twisted mind.

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