7.14.2006

For your own safety, wear nice pants

In the U.K apparently that's a strategy recommended by police to women who go out boozing. Or so says this AP article:
Women going on boozy nights out have been warned by police to "wear nice pants" in case they fall down drunk in the street.

A Suffolk police safety campaign magazine shows pictures of young women slumped on the ground next to messages urging them: "If you've got it, don't flaunt it."

"If you fall over or pass out, remember your skirt or dress may ride up," the magazine says. "You could show off more than you intended -- for all our sakes, please make sure you're wearing nice pants and that you've recently had a wax."
I think that the waxing recommendation is my favorite part. Wouldn't want to offend any passersby now would we? So, dammit, you drunken hussies, wax up!

The article mentions that the safety campaign utilized a style that was "tongue-in-cheek", but this comment from the police chief at the end of the article made me question how tongue-in-cheek the recommendations really were:
"We need to raise their awareness of potential problems," said Chief Superintendent David McDonnell. "They become more vulnerable whilst under the influence of alcohol."
So, avoid short skirts, ladies and make sure that you're clean shaven. You wouldn't want to invite any trouble. It's for your own safety, dontcha know.

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