Woman Handcuffed On Beach For Wearing Thong Bikini
A woman was handcuffed by police on a beach in the US after she was reported for wearing a thong.
Aerial performer Sam Panda was outraged when she was detained by officers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, claiming another beach goer complained about her bikini.
Shocked by the actions of the local police officers, Sam took to social media to vent about what had happened to her.
Writing on Facebook, she said: "A woman called the cops on me because of my bikini. That's how this all started. Some [woman] decided that my body was offensive to her and showed her child that her body could one day lead to her arrest.
"You have allowed a 105 pound woman to get rushed, aggressively grabbed, manhandled, and cuffed. You allowed two women to be slut-shamed publicly on a beach for their bathing suits.
"And worst of all, you showed your daughter that her body is something she should be ashamed of and could be detained for. You showed her that a man can harm a woman over the way her body is viewed by other people.
"You have objectified a female body that does not belong to you and have showed your daughter that those actions are acceptable. You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself."
In the 20-minute video, Sam can be seen being handcuffed by two officers wearing blue uniforms.
The man behind the camera can then be heard asking the officers to explain what it is exactly that Sam has done wrong to warrant being apprehended.
He asks: "Why is it illegal to wear a bikini on the beach?"
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To which Sam adds: "I literally wear this every day."
Once over at the police car, one of the officers opens a file which explains the rules for what can and can't be worn on a beach.
Reading from the booklet, he says, 'It shall be unlawful for anyone to appear in the nude' on a public beach.
After hearing the alleged offence, Sam then states: "I'm not nude!
"You put me in handcuffs for being in a thong!"
However, according to reports, while Sam wasn't actually nude, thongs are outlawed on beaches by the city of Myrtle Beach.
Section 14-83 of the city's municipal code states: "Public exposure of specified anatomical parts unlawful.
"It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally appear in any public place in such a state of dress or undress so as to expose to the view of others the human male or female genitals, pubic area, pubic hair, buttocks, anus, vulva or any portion of the female breast at or below the areola thereof."
It also specifically outlaws the wearing of thongs.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Sam Panda