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EU Bans Boobs in Bars

Well, sort of:

    THE EU has declared a crackpot war on busty barmaids – by trying to ban them from wearing low-cut tops.

    Po-faced penpushers have deemed it a HEALTH HAZARD for bar girls to show too much cleavage.

    And in a daft directive that will have drinkers choking on their pints, Brussels bureaucrats have ordered a cover-up.

    They say barmaids run a skin cancer risk if they expose themselves to the sun when they go outside to collect glasses.

Is sunscreen not an option? May the cleavage come out at night? Why would this law target just busts and leave out other body parts susceptible to sunburn? So many questions ...

    The ruling is part of the new Optical Radiation Directive – expected to be rubber-stamped by the EU parliament next month.

Germany has already been forced to comply with the law. When it comes social/leisure activities it can be tough to figure those Germans out. They did, after all, invent the idea of bringing singles' night to Wal-Mart. But, in this case, Germans are properly outraged:

    Drinkers are threatening to boycott Munich's famous Oktoberfest beer festival. The city's mayor Christian Ude fumed: "This is European law-making at its most pedantic.

    "A waitress is no longer allowed to wander round a beer garden with a plunging neckline. I would not want to enter a beer garden under these conditions."

Article here; via Fark.

And, as Nick Gillespie notes, some bars in New Jersey have been subjected to another kind of petty tyranny.

For related tyrannies, go here and here.

Ted Balaker is Producer


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