Leave our boobs alone!

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - 60 YEARS OF EUROPEAN UNITY -

This one re­ally grabbed the head­lines in 2005 with the sug­ges­tion the Euro­pean Union was about to stick red tape all over the sa­cred busts of Bri­tish bar­maids.

“Po-faced pen­push­ers have deemed it a health hazard for bar girls to show too much cleav­age,” wailed one red top, un­der the ex­pected head­line: ‘Hands off our bar­maids’ boobs’.

In fact, there was an EU di­rec­tive which ar­gued em­ploy­ers should be re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing any staff who worked out­doors did not suf­fer over-ex­po­sure to the sun in an ef­fort to re­duce skin can­cer.

It sug­gested this might in­volve pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ees with sun­cream or al­low­ing them to wear pro­tec­tive cloth­ing.

This clar­i­fi­ca­tion did not, of course, stop the en­su­ing ban­ner head­line: ‘Lift your jugs to the Sun’.

Bri­tain’s bar­maids were not will­ing to be dic­tated to by Brus­sels, not even if it meant pro­tect­ing their skin from harm­ful sun­light.

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