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S.F. Nudists Should Sit on Towels, Rep. Weiner Proposes

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on September 16, 2011 6:55 AM

Unsuspecting tourists might be a little surprised when walking through the streets of San Francisco. Currently, there is no S.F. nudity law that makes it illegal for nudists to walk around in the buff. And, some nudists take this to heart, baring all while strolling through city streets and eating at local restaurants.

Until now, that is. S.F. Supervisor Scott Wiener is about to put a dent in some nudists' plans.

Wiener has recently introduced legislation that would force nudists to put some sort of covering (a towel would suffice) down before they plunk their junk down onto a public seat, reports CBS News.

The legislation would also require that nudists cover up their "genitals, buttocks" and "anal regions" if they want to enter into a restaurant.

Wiener represents the Castro Neighborhood, where many of the nudists often convene, according to Reuters.

The S.F. Supervisor admits that while there aren't any health studies he can point to that say sitting down nude on a public seat would increase health risks, he still believes it's an issue, Reuters reports.

"[W]hen you have your orifices exposed in an eating establishment, a lot of people don't like it," Wiener explained to Reuters.

How was this even legal in the first place? San Francisco does have its share of public indecency laws. Most public indecency laws are aimed at preventing public exposure of a person's nude body. But, San Francisco's public indecency laws are lenient enough so that most nudists aren't affected, Reuters reports.

What are the punishments if the Supervisor Scott Wiener's S.F. nudity law is passed? $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense within 2 months, and up to $1,000 and a year in jail for a third offense, the San Francisco Examiner reports.

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