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San Francisco supervisor proposes ban on public nudity

If one San Francisco supervisor has his way, the City by the Bay will have to put some clothes on.

Fed up with public nudity in the city's Castro District, Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed legislation Tuesday banning the exposure of genitals or buttocks on all city sidewalks, plazas, parklets, streets and public transit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The legislation -- which has the support of Mayor Ed Lee -- wouldn't apply to public beaches, private property, street fairs, festivals or parades. Violators would be fined $100 for the first offense and $200 for the second in a one-year period. A third offense could warrant either a $500 fine or misdemeanor citation.

The city currently only bans nudity in parks, restaurants and on port property, the Chronicle reported.

Wiener told the newspaper that public nudity was the No. 1 complaint from his constituents, who felt the "skid mark law" he proposed last year didn't do enough. That law, which passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously, required nudists to "place barriers between their bare bottoms and public chairs or benches," the Chronicle reported.

"It's only gotten more extreme and over the top," the supervisor told the newspaper. "A lot of people in the community have reached the end of their rope."

As many as a dozen nudists gather in the neighborhood's town square daily, the Chronicle reported. On Tuesday, a business clothes-clad man stripped down before eating a pasta salad.

"I don't see a reason for banning it," he told the newspaper. "People who don't want to look just turn the other way."

Not everyone agreed.

"To me, it's uncivilized," Lawrence Snyder, 70, told the Chronicle. "Even the cavemen wore a little bit of fur, a little bit of leather."

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