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Topless men banned from Brighton buses
Topless men have been banned from buses.
Brighton and Hove has long been known as a liberal city but you cannot let it all hang out on board anymore.
Passengers are being ordered to put their shirts on because they are sweating on to the seats.
Roger French, managing director of the Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company said: “We started this during a very hot summer because it was unhygienic having people getting on buses a bit sweaty and the sweat get on the seats.
“We thought it was common courtesy to other passengers.
“We have new fabric seats that are very comfortable but they do absorb sweat. We had a few customers and drivers saying that it was not really on."
But topless men have been told not to despair. The Big Lemon Bus, which runs alternative routes round the city, says half naked people are welcome on its fleet.
Richard Marsh, finance manager, said: “People don’t have to be lemon fresh to get on our buses. Toplessness is welcome as long as it doesn’t contravene the law about public decency – fancy dress and breast feeding is also fine.”
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “It is not an offence for a man to be topless.”
Women however can be charged with indecent exposure if they go topless in public.