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Acrobat who was detained by police on Myrtle Beach over swimsuit ordinance is looking to have law changed


Update: The woman who was detained for wearing a thong to Myrtle Beach is looking to get the law changed.

“It was almost like an opportunity for us to kind of shed light on the things we’re pretty passionate about and believe,” Sam Panda said or her detainment.

The video of Panda being escorted by Myrtle Beach Police has been viewed 1.5 million times.

As a result, Panda is on the warpath to make sure that such an incident doesn’t happen again.

For someone like me, I work very hard on wanting to make changes, especially in the places I’m living,” she said.

According to ABC 13, Panda has teamed up with several lawyers in the area to see if the law can be challenged.


An acrobat who has entertained audiences around the world was detained by police in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Sunday, after she violated local ordinances concerning swimwear and exposure.

The woman, who goes by Sam Panda, was detained after a woman made a complaint about Panda’s thong bikini and her friend’s “see-through” top, which in reality was little more than a white shirt tied into a makeshift top.

Police attempted to be civil during the matter, though they were met with considerable defiance and attitude on the part of Panda and her friends.

Myrtle Beach Police Department Cpl. Tom Vest told the Star-Telegram that the women were informed about city ordinances concerning public nudity, and Panda was only handcuffed because she repeatedly tried to walk away from officers during the encounter.

Ordinance 14-83 states that it is unlawful for a person to intentionally be in public wearing clothing that exposes others to “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.”

The ordinance is rather, all-encompassing, and includes “any public beach, beach access, in the public waters, any other public property, or in view of the public.”

Even with swimwear, beachgoers are advised not to be in “a state of dress or undress so as to expose to the view of others specified anatomical areas.”

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