Friday Weisblog: Semper ubi sub ubi?

Brooksville, FL City Hall

Brooksville, FL City Hall

Until today, the small town of Brooksville, FL has been known for little else than the Brooksville Raid (an 1864 Civil War event) and being a suburb of Orlando, about 90 miles to the west of the City Beautiful.

But a recent vote that established new laws for city employees may have just changed that.

In a 4-1 vote, the city has established a “strict personal hygiene” mandate for their employees, requiring that all workers wear deodorant and underwear to work. It also took things a step further, barring exposed underwear, clothing with foul language, “sexually provocative” clothes and piercings anywhere except the ears (I’m assuming you have to cover the others up or take out any other facial piercings? I don’t know).

Here’s the ironic part: Remember how I said the vote was 4-1 in favor of these changes? The only dissenting vote was cast by the Mayor, Joe Bernadini, who said that forcing employees to wear underwear took away their freedom of choice.

The story seems to indicate that the employee will be warned after the first infraction, then they are subject to losing their jobs.

I would not be the least bit surprised if these new city laws get challenged in court by someone – someone who has a unique piercing, likes to expose his/her underwear (or not wear any at all), or refuses to wear deodorant because it has unhealthy qualities in it.

If they do get challenged and are upheld, this could open the floodgates for other cities to follow suit. Whether you think it’s good or bad (I happen to think that wearing deodorant and underwear to work should not require a city law, but whatever. I mean, how many times did YOUR mom tell you to wear clean underwear when you were a kid … LOL ), it will certainly be interesting.


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