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Telegraph | News | Barmaids protest as EU plans cover-up in the beer gardens

Bavarian barmaids typically dress in a costume known as a "dirndl", a dress and apron with a tight, low-cut top whose figure-hugging effect is enhanced by a short white blouse.
Under the EU's Optical Radiation Directive, employers of staff who work outdoors, including those in Bavaria's beer gardens, must ensure they cover up against the risk of sunburn.
Bavarian bar keepers have been told that the dirndl, generally rather revealing, will have to be replaced as it offers no protection against what the directive calls "natural sources of radiation", meaning sunlight.

Oh! There are some things that the EU does that really are going too far, the Germans won't like this, and remember last time what happened when a bunch of unhappy Germans (and an Austrian) had to meet in a Beer Kellar to keep out of the sun.


Can see it being popular in the med too.

Just how many Bavarian barmaids have died of skin cancer due to excessive breast exposure? Haven't they heard of sun block? If there really are any dirndl clad beer lovelies unaware of this miracle substance I place myself at their disposal for demonstrations of use and application. Completely free of charge.

I suppose my planned europe-wide, topless carwash chain is also down the crapper. Thank the gods Mr Blair had the sense to opt out of this particular invasion of privacy. Anyone want to buy a franchise for Frinton?



Simply allow the punters to help with the safety procedures by giving them the chance to apply the sun protective lotion onto the car-washers exposed parts.

Problem solved!

Bavarians are health-nuts and love being outdoors and in the sun, they have a lot of Spas and Kur orts, Baden This and Baden That down there. They like getting a summer tan, and they have nice weather down south compared to the dismal hazy gray overcast of Prussia and the Bruxxles lowlands - they can get up into the lower Alps. Are they gonna ban Lederhosen too? EUrabia and the EUburkah for sure.

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