At least the City of Winnipeg doesn’t check employees’ undies…

As in many other cities, Winnipeggers sometimes shake their heads at what their municipal politicians get up to. However, take heart: At least they haven’t descended to the level of concerning themselves with city employees’ underwear, or lack thereof.

Yes, indeed, city councillors in Brooksville, Fla., about 85 kilometres north of Tampa, have approved a new policy requiring that all city employees must wear underwear while on duty.

It’s a preventative measure, says city manager Jennene Norman-Vacha, who noted that “the policy is there if something becomes an issue or problem”.

Penalties for non-compliance are not all that strict, as violators will be sent home to change without being paid for time missed. Repeated violations, however, might lead to more serious reprisals.

The policy is not supported by the mayor, Joe Bernardini.

“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?”, he asked.

He might want to get in touch with a certain Twitter user in Cardiff, Wales who noted on his site that he’s interested in the “panty line inspector job”. Another blogger, identified only as “TheCrawNotTheCraw”, has also inquired about whether or not the job is open and how much it pays.

To date, there is no indication that the City of Brooksville intends to hire any inspectors.

It is unknown at this time if any other cities intend to follow suit.

The Brooksville policy marks the second time this month that a city council has stirred up a controversy by invading employees’ privacy.

Last week, the city of Bozeman, Mont. caused a stir when the media learned that the city ordered job applicants to divulge not just their usernames, but even their passwords on social networking sites — including Facebook, YouTube and MySpace — as part of the city’s applicant screening process.

Bozeman city officials backed down on Friday, announcing that the city would no longer ask for any passwords from prospective employees.


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One Response to At least the City of Winnipeg doesn’t check employees’ undies…

  1. Fat Arse says:

    I am aghast! Are you trying to tell us that, in some quarters, it is ‘pro forma’ and expected that people wear underwear? 🙂

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