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Professional acrobat and her friend spar with police on Myrtle Beach over swimsuit ordinance


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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