Was just a matter of time before Grenada landed up on Fark.com. What got us there? The latest push by Police Commissioner James Clarkson to outlaw baggy jeans and swimsuits on the streets.
The Caribbean island of Grenada is enforcing an indecent exposure law banning swimsuits away from the beach, The Associated Press reports.
The last time I checked, wearing an uncovered swimsuit on the street is listed under the infractions to the Public Decency code, as are public displays of affection, so I’m sure Clarkson can go ahead and fine whoever he wishes to for this. He should be careful though since I can’t see the rationale in pissing off our already limited supply of tourists.
The baggy jeans thing is causing a ruckus locally, particularly since – as baggy-jean offenders point out – women wearing super-low rider jeans and skimpy halters are even more offensive to the Public Decency code. They are, I can attest to that! Some girls walk around wearing clothing more akin to lingerie than actual outerwear.
I am interested in seeing how this baggy jeans/low rider issue plays out. Personally I think guys in baggy, falling-down pants, not to mention XXXXXXXXL shirts, look totally ridiculous. But is this really something that can be included as an infraction to the Public Decency code? We’re walking a fine line here between constitutional freedom to wear what you wish and the perceived infringement on “the public’s” sense of propriety. Next we might hear the police wanting to ban tattoos or body piercings. Or restricting plump people from wearing tight pants! Or disallowing improperly done hair weaves and garish nail extensions! Who knows where it will end?!
One note regarding a Fark comment:
I was in Grenada a few months ago and I was told to take off my pants in the Airport because they were combats/camoflage and warned I’d be arrested if I was seen wearing them again.
Camouflage civilian gear has been outlawed ever since our brush with Teh Communistz back in ’79-’83. Wearing face masks is also not allowed.
: Oh gawwwddd…. this issue is being blogged about elsewhere!