When a Saudi religious policeman questioned a young couple walking together in an amusement park he got a painful surprise - when the woman suddenly attacked him.
The officer, from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, asked the pair to confirm their identities and relationship to one another.
Unmarried men and women are barred from mixing under Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic rules.
The young man immediately collapsed for reasons that have not been made clear, the Jerusalem Post reported.
But before the policeman could do anything else, the woman - believed to be in her mid-twenties - laid into him.
He was punched repeatedly about the head and upper torso during the attack in the eastern city of Hofuf Mubarraz.
The assault was so severe and sustained, the officer was eventually taken to hospital suffering from severe bruising.
Neither religious nor local police have commented on the incident, which was widely played out in the Saudi media.
If the woman is charged with assaulting the officer, she could face a lengthy prison term, or a lashing, or both.
But public opinion appears to have been firmly behind her.
'People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years,' Saudi human rights activist Wajiha Al Huwaidar told the Media Line news agency.
'To see resistance from a woman means a lot... This is just the beginning and there will be more.'...As my late Bubby, a life-long feisty chick, might have said, "Halevai!" (Of course, had the inicident occured in Toronto, the cop-throttling might have been considered a "hate crime".)