Dave Moreland's Bozo Criminal of the Day - The world famous daily report on dumb crimes

8 21, 1998

The Bozo criminal for today comes from the International File. From Venice, Italy comes the story of bozo Guiseppe Messina who decided to play a practical joke on a group of American tourists. The bozo strapped a big rubber shark fin on his back and went snorkeling in the Venice canals, swimming alongside tourist gondolas. As he got near a gondola filled with American tourists, one of them grabbed an oar and began to beat the "shark" on the back. When a nearby resident saw the incident from his second floor balcony, he threw several bricks at the big fish. Police officers sped to the scene in a motorboat and arrested the now tired and beaten bozo, charging him with being a public nuisance and with impersonating a shark.

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