City says body paint & similar materials are not clothes in response to restaurant
(MYFOXDFW) --Barely there outfits are no longer acceptable in Lewisville, Tex.
The Lewisville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to change a city ordinance, which now says body paint and similar materials do not suitably cover body parts at local businesses.
The change was triggered by complaints to police about the outfits of waitresses at Lewisville's Redneck Heaven. On occasion, the restaurant has ABC days which mean "Anything But Clothes." Some girls wear body paint and pasties instead of bikini tops.
Before the change, the city ordinance said certain body parts need to have opaque covering. In this case, the female servers were wearing body paint.
Police went to investigate the complaints and decided not to cite the restaurant, but the police department still wanted clarification from the council on the wording of the ordinance.
One woman at Monday's meeting pointed out the waitresses serve on a patio adjacent to family restaurants.
"We're quite shocked to see these young ladies weren't dressed. They had very scant bottoms on and their tops were painted. It's a restaurant that's between two family restaurants," said Catherine Holliday.
Patrons at the restaurant were fine with the attire of the waitresses.
"As long as the girls are ok with it, it's fine by me. No one is forcing them to do it. If they want to do it, they can do it. If they don't want to, they don't have to," said Steve Kinsella.
The Dallas FOX affiliate stopped by the restaurant off I-35E. No one was available to go on camera but we were told that the issue was being discussed at their corporate offices.
In 2011, there were complaints about the servers at Redneck Heaven wearing only pasties. It was addressed by council then so that only sexually oriented businesses could do that. Since then, someone got the idea to use pasties and body paint.
So, Lewisville City Council defined the language as "opaque covering." They basically added a sentence to the ordinance clarifying that opaque covering is not body paint, dyes, tattoos, liquid latex or similar substances.