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Woman Handcuffed By Police For Wearing Thong Bikini On South Carolina Beach

by : Julia Banim on : 04 Aug 2020 11:51
Woman Handcuffed By Police For Wearing Thong Bikini On South Carolina BeachWoman Handcuffed By Police For Wearing Thong Bikini On South Carolina BeachSam Panda/Facebook

A well-known professional acrobat has been handcuffed by police officers for wearing a thong bikini at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Sam Panda, who lives in Taipei, Taiwan, had been at the beach with friends over the weekend when the police department received a complaint about their bikinis from an individual Sam has since described as ‘some Karen’.

In footage taken at the scene, officers could be seen handcuffing Sam, despite her protesting, ‘I literally wear this to the beach every day.’ Upon clarifying that Sam was being detained, a man filming the incident could be heard quizzing officers as to why exactly it was illegal to wear a bikini at the beach.

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You can watch part of the footage for yourself below:

One officer then goes on to read out some legislation to Sam, which states ‘it shall be unlawful for any person to appear in the nude on any public beach, public waters or any public property in the view of the public’.

In response to this, Sam argued that she wasn’t actually nude, prompting a discussion as to what exactly constituted nudity in the eyes of the law.

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The man behind the camera could be heard asserting that ‘an anus and a vagina are nudity, a thong is not nudity’.

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However, according to the Myrtle Beach municipal code, exposing one’s buttocks in a public place is in fact 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.

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Back in 2009, Myrtle Beach authorities toughened up public exposure laws, allowing officers to hand out tickets or make arrests the very first time they spot someone showing too much skin.

These new laws raised various differing opinions at the time, with some residents believing wearing a thong bikini shouldn’t be seen as that much of a big deal.

Although thongs hadn’t been legal at the beach for some time, the previous so-called ‘thong ordinance’ stipulated that officers had to issue a warning before handing out tickets, as per a 2009 report by WMBF News.

If you are a woman, and you decide to call the police on other women for their bodies ON A BEACH, IN FRONT OF YOUR…

Posted by Sam Panda on Sunday, August 2, 2020

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In the video, which lasts for 20 minutes, an officer denies Sam’s request for him to let go of her, telling her, ‘You’re in handcuffs.’ At this, she incredulously exclaims, ‘You put me in handcuffs for wearing a thong!’

Later in the clip, one officer could be heard to claim that Sam had been detained on account of ‘how [she was] acting’. Eventually, Sam’s handcuffs are removed after another officer turns up, but it is still quite a while until the incident is wrapped up.

At point, an officer tells the man holding the camera he could go to jail for ‘hindering’ if he continued chiming in, an assessment that appeared to be rather over the top. Sam and her friends then go on to point out that there were various beachgoers who could be said to be displaying too much flesh, including men in speedos.

After some time has passed, Sam was permitted to leave, and has since shared her story on Facebook, with the hashtag #cancelMyrtleBeach:

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If you are a woman, and you decide to call the police on other women for their bodies ON A BEACH, IN FRONT OF YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER…

You have allowed a 105 pound woman to get rushed, aggressively grabbed, manhandled, and cuffed. You allowed two women to be sl*t 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.

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Sam continued:

Also, just to clarify. A woman called the cops on me because of my bikini. That’s how this all started.

Some Karen decided that my body was offensive to her and showed her child that her body could one day lead to her arrest. Her body could be the reason a grown ass man violates her. Her body is wrong.

Although thongs do indeed flout the rules of the beach, placing a woman in handcuffs while continuing to hold onto her does appear to be quite an extreme and uncalled for reaction.

UNILAD has reached out to Myrtle Beach Police Department for comment.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Life, Myrtle Beach, Now, Sam Panda, South Carolina, Thong Bikini

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  2. WMBF News

    Myrtle Beach adjusts 'thong law' Tuesday