I came upon this story about efforts of the Dutch Labor Party to enact a law criminalizing “unsolicited toe-licking”.
The story refers to Rotterdam police statements about the act not being a crime. That makes me curious about the Dutch legal system – in the United States I would expect such statements to come out of a prosecutors office. Are the two powers combined there?
And why can’t the toe-licker be prosecuted? IANA lawyer, but as the action involves physical contact, a US prosecutor wouldn’t have much trouble getting a conviction of someone who did this in a serial manner.
It struck me that the lick recipient might need to treat the incident something akin to a wild animal encounter. At the very least she’d need to have her toes carefully looked at for breaks in the skin that could lead to exchange of fluid. And then I thought that’s way overkill. So what are the facts?
What types of diseases might be spread by a serial toe-licker? For a somewhat worst-case scenario, let’s say one who isn’t strenuous about personal hygeine, and always has some toe jam residue around his lips. Athlete’s foot? Worse?