An influencer who is trapped in Dubai after screaming at a rental car employee in public is facing possible jail time, according to her family.
American Tierra Young Allen, 29, who calls herself 'The Sassy Trucker' on social media, was with a friend on holiday in the plush United Arab Emirates city in May when the rental car they hired was involved in an accident.
Her friend was detained by the Dubai police on the grounds that she was driving the vehicle but released a week later.
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Tierra was also briefly detained but released the same day (May 16), but has now been placed under a travel ban pending the outcome of an investigation, reports state.
The trouble started when Ms Allen, who works as a truck driver in Houston, Texas, went to back to the car rental company to collect her credit cards, ID and other personal items that were seized.
She then got into a verbal altercation with an "agressive" employee who allegedly demanded a sum of money for the return of her belongings.
Her mother Tina Baxter told Fox26: "She found out she could only receive those items if she paid an undisclosed amount of money. She dealt with a very aggressive individual a young man there who was screaming at her."
She said her daughter is now in jail for shouting back at the man after police were called following the shouting match.
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Police have her passport while authorities decide whether or not to prosecute her.
"It also could result in prison time. So it's very scary," said Ms Baxter.
"She is in jail for one reason and one reason alone, she raised her voice. In that country, a female is not even allowed to raise her voice. If she raises her voice it's punishable by jail time," said Community Activist Quanell X.
Detained in Dubai, an international nonprofit organisation, is now working to free Ms Allen.
Radha Stirling, CEO and founder, told CBS: "She was told at the police station (Bur Dubai) that she has been accused of 'shouting,' which under the UAE's laws is illegal under 'offensive behavior,' which is an unclear and subjective regulation, but warrants up to two years in prison, a fine and deportation."
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