I have had a few jobs that were very strict as far as what we could wear and what we could not. BUT…wearing underwear (bras,panties,etc…) is required…oh, and deodorant. Hmmm…I have had some moments (very uncomfortable) where an employee would bend down to pick something up while their panties were showing. THAT would require that you wear necessary jeans or such to cover yourself up…underwear or not. Agh…

BROOKSVILLE — If you want to work for the city of Brooksville, be sure that you use deodorant, that your clothes fit properly and that you cover up your wounds and tattoos.

And, for goodness sake, wear underwear.

If not, you could violate the city’s new dress code.

The Brooksville City Council approved a dress and appearance policy by a count of 4-1 this month, with only Mayor Joe Bernardini casting the dissenting vote. He questioned how the code would be interpreted and enforced.

“They said you had to wear undergarments,” Bernardini said, “but who’s going to be the judge of that? Sometimes when it comes to certain people going bra-less, it’s obvious. But who’s staring to see if that person doesn’t have underwear on?”

Brooksville officials say the new dress code is merely part of an extensive overhaul of the city’s personnel policy.

“The policy is there if something becomes an issue or problem,” City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha said. “Then we want to be able to address it. It’s just good policy.”

After consulting with a number of sources, city officials and attorneys have come up with guidelines on how employees should maintain their “public image” from head to toe and almost everywhere in between.

Among the listed requirements: employees will not be allowed to wear clothing considered “distracting, offensive or revealing”; body-piercings should be visible only in the ear; all cuts or wounds must be covered; and halter tops, Spandex, or skirts “worn below the waistline such that the abdomen or back is exposed” will not be permitted.

Also, employees who must wear uniforms to work should keep them “neat, cleaned and pressed,” according to the policy.

City department heads and managers will interpret and enforce the dress code.

Employees found to be in violation of the policy can be sent home to change and not paid for the time missed from work. Multiple violations could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

“As far as I know, we haven’t sent anyone home from work because of their clothing,” Norman-Vacha said. “I don’t believe anything is going to happen. We haven’t been having any problems.”

Locally, Brooksville joins Hernando County and the School Board in implementing an employee dress code.

Former council member Mary Staib tried unsuccessfully to pitch a dress code in November 1996 after sexual harassment allegations against then-City Manager Richard Anderson.

Staib’s proposed policy banned items including jeans, anything made of denim, spaghetti-strap sun dresses without jackets, excessively wrinkled clothing, flip-flop sandals, T-shirts, leggings, low-cut or revealing tops, and midriff tops.

Also, hemlines would have been required to hit the top of the knee and skirt splits would have been limited to an inch “to allow you to negotiate a step,” Staib said.

Staib implied that Anderson’s secretary, who later reached a $135,000 settlement after suing the city manager and Brooksville, may have dressed in a way that enticed Anderson.

“Men have it hard enough just to do a day’s work and not be enticed by a woman who is not dressed properly,” Staib said at the time. “If you have to bend over for the bottom file . . . that would entice any man, unless he is not completely a man.”

Ultimately, Staib could not find anyone on the council to second her motion to adopt the policy. But times have changed for the only current member of the council who served with Staib.

Joe Johnston III, who was vice mayor when he rejected Staib’s policy in 1996, has come around on the issue this time.

“From a management standpoint, you’ve got to have it on the books,” Johnston said. “We’re not doing it because there’s people out there flaunting themselves around.”

Jennifer Rey, an attorney with the Hogan Law Firm in Brooksville, doesn’t expect any problems.

Rey said her firm and city officials looked at a number of existing dress codes when putting the policy together.

“It was derived from a number of sources,” Rey said. “The general intent is to allow the city, as an employer, to manager its people and to establish a professional, public image.”

Which, of course, includes wearing deodorant and undergarments.

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Qaddafi Calls for Feminist Action, Says Women Aren’t Furniture

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who came to Italy with a retinue of 40 female bodyguards and demanded to meet 700 of the country’s most important women, called for a feminist uprising and condemned the Arab World for treating women like “furniture.”

“We need a feminist revolution,” Qaddafi said in a speech in Rome today, after meeting Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna. In the Arab-speaking Middle East, a woman is “like a piece of furniture that one can change whenever one wants without anyone asking why.”

Saudi Princess pays up!

June 13, 2009

Okay…I don’t understand. If you are so rich, something must be wrong with you when you decide to rack up on luxery and try to get away without paying. Reminds me of Winona. Didn’t Saudi Arabia just recently decide to make into law that it is okay to beat up your wife if she spends too much of your money? Correct me if I am wrong…

A Saudi princess who allegedly owed thousands of dollars in shopping bills in Paris has agreed to pay up after a bailiff visited her hotel, lawyers say.

Maha al-Sudairi, the wife of the Saudi interior minister, is paying more than $120,000 (85,700 euros; £72,800) to one store, according to its lawyer.

It came after a court order was issued allowing the seizure of her belongings.

The bailiff had gone to the luxury Georges V hotel, just off the famous Champs Elysee in the French capital.

Maha al-Sudairi has been staying at the hotel, which is owned by her nephew.

She has diplomatic immunity because of her husband’s status.

Relief

The decision to settle the bill followed the court order obtained on behalf of the clothing chain, Key Largo. It was owed $125,000.

The shop’s lawyer, Jacky Benazerah, said repeated demands for payment had been ignored and described the settlement as a relief.

He said: “The operation ordered by the judge began at 4.30pm in the presence of the local police chief. It seems that during the operation the Saudi consul turned up in person and, following talks, a guaranteed cheque for the total sum owed to my client was handed over.”

But the BBC’s Alasdair Sandford, in Paris, says the princess allegedly owes large sums to several chic Parisian stores from various shopping sprees carried out over the past year.

One lingerie store opposite the Georges V says it has been unable to recoup nearly $100,000.

This is not the first time the Saudi princess has made headlines.

In 1995, she was accused of beating a servant in Florida whom she suspected of stealing from her. No charges were filed.

Ha! How Ironic!!!

Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick has reviewed countless cases of identity theft and unauthorized bank withdrawals, but the 22-year veteran of the force never thought he would become a victim.

Last month someone accessed his PayPal account and made three transactions, charging $947 to his bank account for purchases he did not make, he said.

“I really didn’t think I was at risk of someone hacking into my PayPal account, if that is indeed what happened to me,” Patrick said.

PayPal is a popular online service that allows members to send and receive money without sharing financial information, using their account balances, bank accounts or credit cards. According to its Web site, PayPal has more than 70 million active accounts worldwide.

“The PayPal system has never been compromised since its inception,” claims a customer service e-mail sent to Patrick.

On May 21 he found three e-mail messages from PayPal with “your payment has been sent” in the subject line, confirming three purchases: one for $300 and two for 200 British Pounds each, he said. He received a fourth e-mail from PayPal, reading, “We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third party.”

Patrick logged into his PayPal account and flagged the transactions as unauthorized. He juggled his finances to account for the more than $900 missing from his checking account, which was linked to his PayPal account.

“I held off on some bills and purchases,” he said. “I did not bounce any checks or anything, but I did have to transfer funds from savings to cover automated withdrawals for bill payments.”

Charlotte Hill, a public relations manager for PayPal, said she could not address Patrick’s case because of privacy issues but said the situation he encountered is rare.

“We have a really low rate of fraud, only one-third of 1 percent,” she said. “One of the reasons we are safer [than using a credit card online] is that we never share financial information with the recipient of the payment. In addition, if you paid with a credit card [on PayPal] you are still getting protected by the credit card, so you are doubly protected.”

An e-mail from PayPal customer service to Patrick suggested ways to protect himself in the future, such as not sharing his password, changing his password often and being on the lookout for fraudulent PayPal Web sites.

Patrick said he did everything right, making online purchases rarely, and only on sites that use PayPal.

“I have not given my password to anyone, and I am well aware of scams and I watch for that kind of thing. I do not send personal information to anyone via e-mail, so I am not sure how someone obtained my password,” he said.

Ryan Nelson, network administrator for the Village of Gurnee, said a good password is crucial to protecting money and identity online. He suggested using at least eight characters in a password that does not not include dictionary words, names or significant dates.

“Of all of the stories I have heard where accounts are compromised, poor passwords are usually the culprit,” Nelson said.

Nine days after Patrick contacted PayPal about his unauthorized purchases, he received an e-mail stating the investigation was complete and he would receive a refund. The money was returned to his account Monday, he said.

While Patrick said he was inconvenienced, he knows it could have been worse.

“I certainly have heard the horror stories of what happens to victims of identity theft. Trying to get the criminal credit history removed and re-establishing their good credit can take years in some cases,” he said.

“It was a clear reminder,” Patrick added, “that no one is immune to criminal activity.”

Ceremony-for-flight-victims-at-Notre-DameFamily members lay flowers as they arrive at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, June 3, 2009 to attend a religious ceremony in memory of the victims of the missing Air France A330-200. The plane carried 228 people when it disappeared on June 1, between Rio de Janeiro and Paris.

This is so sad. 😦

PARIS, June 6 (UPI) — The Brazilian air force said Saturday bodies and debris discovered in the Atlantic Ocean likely belong to missing Air France Flight 447.

Air force spokesman Jorge Amaral offered few details regarding the discovery at a news conference in the Brazilian city of Recife, but did confirm human remains experts would be used to identify the located bodies, the BBC said.

“We confirm the recovery from the water debris and bodies from the Air France plane,” Amaral said Saturday.

CNN said the air force also confirmed a vessel had located a seat and a suitcase suspected of being part of the wreckage from the missing flight.

Flight 447 disappeared Monday nearly 220 miles off the northeast coast of Brazil after encountering stormy weather.

Paul-Louis Arslanian, head of France’s accident investigation bureau said Saturday the airplane’s computers issued 24 automated error messages prior to the flight’s disappearance.

CNN said investigators suspect the messages likely meant the plane was in trouble, perhaps flying too fast or too slowly through the stormy weather.

The girl is put on probation all days except Saturdays. WHY?… Read on.

Judge gives girl Saturdays off from curfew

GLOUCESTER, England, June 5 (UPI) — A judge in England sentenced a teenage girl to stay home every night of the week but Saturday for an assault she committed at a party.

Judge William Hart told Lisa Partington, 19, she had a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day for the next two months — except Saturdays.

“I give you one day off a week because it is summer and I don’t think it is necessarily in your interests for you to be confined to your home every evening of the week for the next two months,” the judge was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Partington had admitted assaulting Kimberley Moxham at a party in September.

NY man arrested buying drugs with slaughtered pig

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — It was a simpler sort of drug trade.

Syracuse police say a 45-year-old man offered a slaughtered pig as partial payment for a bag of crack cocaine.

They say two men were spotted making the deal on a street corner just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

Angelo Colon of Fulton was arrested on a misdemeanor drug possession charge and 42-year-old Omar Veliz faces a felony drug sale charge.

Police say Colon paid half a pig and $10 for a $50 bag of crack. Veliz told police the pig was for a celebration for a relative being released from jail.

While officers were arresting the suspects, someone took the pig.

Police don’t know if the men have lawyers.