By Ian Neubauer
A registered club in Queensland has introduced a zero tolerance policy toward males dressed in fashionable low-slung pants and shorts that expose their bum cracks, and threatened to permanently ban offenders.
“The management of the Coolum Beach Surf Life and Supporters Association have a policy of ZERO TELERANCE to the practice of gentlemen not wearing trousers and shorts at an acceptable level around the waistline,” reads a new sign posted at reception. “Any person flouting the requirement will be asked to leave the premises immediately and have their membership of the club reviewed by the Management Committee.”
The policy has sparked concern from the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, whose president Michael Cope told News Ltd the ban was discriminatory against males, describing it as “harsh” and “a bit of overkill”.
But a spokesman for the club said today the policy — which was implemented following ongoing verbal complaints from mature-age members — applied to women and men alike. “The board has set this policy and they will stand by the policy,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that a number of male patrons had been busted since the ban went into effect, adding that offenders had been asked to hike up their trousers or leave the premises.
Registered clubs across Australia have comparatively strict dress codes, with many venues refusing entry to male patrons wearing thongs, hats or sleeveless shirts. Some clubs like the North Bondi RSL in Sydney loan long-sleeve shirts to inappropriately dressed patrons.
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