A city in Texas has been forced to change its nudity laws after topless waitresses wearing just body paint served customers.
Staff at the Red Neck Heaven Bar in Lewisville have been told they are no longer allowed to wear just body paint and strategically placed pasties covering their modesty.
Until recently the girls at the restaurant would hold ABC days – anything but clothes.
The all female staff would wear bikini bottoms and cover their breasts with body paint that had been professionally applied by an artist. Cloth pasties would cover their nipples.
Under ordinance laws in Lewisville, Texas, the risqué attire was perfectly legal.
Despite the servers being near naked, police said they were not in breach of any law.
But the city’s police chief Russell Kerbow said the laws regarding nudity should be re-examined.
But following complaints about the topless servers, city chiefs have now ruled body paint and pasties are unacceptable.
It follows a complaint by local resident Catherine Holliday.
She was with a friend who wanted to stop and take a photo of the restaurant’s sign.
‘And that’s when we realized there were servers in the parking lot that weren’t dressed!’ she told CBS News.
‘They weren’t for all intensive purposes. They had a tiny bikini bottom that didn’t cover their bottom, their backs were bare and their fronts were painted but bare.’
City chiefs debated the issue on Monday night and heard from professional body painter Kristal White.
She said:’I do consider it a form of art – I consider it a very beautiful form of art.
‘If you’ve seen X-Men, you’ve seen Mystique. That was a movie and that was body painting, and it was beautiful.’
Lewisville town chiefs decided body paint, dyes and tattoos cannot be considered decent covering for restaurant servers and voted to change their ordinance.
The Red Neck Heaven restaurant will have to apply for a Sexually Oriented Business permit if the want to continue to hold their anything but clothes day.
A spokesman for the restaurant was unavailable for comment.
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Follow up story:
Lewisville is not too far from Dallas, and I used to go there a lot. So it is with a heavy heart that I report that a case of Offendeditis has been confirmed there
A patron called Lewisville police after what they claim happened during a stop at the restaurant and bar called Redneck Heaven. When officers went to the establishment to investigate they found female waitresses serving customers with only body paint and pasties covering their breasts.
There were no charges filed or arrests made, because the wait staff had broken no law.
Lewisville Police Chief Russell Kerbow subsequently sent a memo to the City Manager saying that while the restaurant was not in violation of the current ordinance, members of the department feel the definition of nudity or state of nudity needs to be changed.
Kunke said the issue would be presented to the city council. “The discussion for council tonight is whether they want to amend the ordinance to say specifically that body paint, body dye and tattoos do not count as opaque coverage.”
As Stephen Green commented
Somebody went to a place called Redneck Heaven, saw some body paint, and went to the cops about it. Now the city council needs to get involved, because… well, I guess because of pretty 23-year-old waitresses who aren’t wearing very much.
If you don’t like what the servers are (or aren’t) wearing, then just leave the damn restaurant. This business of people thinking their personal preferences need to be given the weight of law accounts for every major problem facing this country today. Every single one.
So now we’ll have a bunch of ignorant politicians debating the weighty matter of exactly what geometry of the female breast away from the nipple is allowed to be exposed and what constitutes proper coverage of said side- and/or under-boob.
I’ll tell you who the boobs are: the people who went to the cops instead of walking back to their car.
I could not have said it any better!
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