Monday, April 27, 2015
Woman Hits Venezuelan President with Fruit And Gets New House
A woman who bashed president Nicholas Maduro on the head with a mango has been guaranteed a new house for her inconveniences in a strange tropical story that turned into a web sensation in Venezuela. The 52-year-old president was driving a bus through a crowd last weekend in the central state of Aragua when someone in the crowd tossed the fruit at him. "It says, if you can, call me," the former bus driver said later during the week as he displayed the fruit with a name and phone number scrawled on it on television. Marleny Olivo had problem with her house. Officials called her. She was scared. She could not believe, it was true... I have approved an apartment for you, Marleny, as part of 'Grand Venezuelan Housing Mission', vowing to eat the mango. Venezuela's ever ebullient cybersphere did not miss a beat, with the president's populist gesture drawing admiration and derision, plus plenty of jokes. "If for a mango, they give you apartments, then you know what to do, throw him a pineapple!" quipped Dolar Today, a website that quotes black market for dolars and is hated by Maduro. In a habit that delights many poor supporters but irritates critics, Maduro-like Chavez often personally gives away homes, appliances or pensions to low income Venezuelans. However, lacking Chavez's charm and good fortune, with high oil prices, Maduro's popularity has plummeted since he took office.