Guard stood down after telling woman to ‘put shorts on’

 

The overzealous security guard who ordered a woman to cover up in shorts while sunbathing in a skimpy bikini by the pool has been barred from patrolling her Sydney apartment complex.

The tenacious guard has been stood down from working Emerald Park unit complex in Zetland and pool signs that warn no G-strings are allowed have been ripped down.

Building managers have apologised unreservedly to Kristy Miller, 39, who complained she was ordered to get changed for breaking bylaws because she was sunbathing in a cheeky bottom bikini that exposed too much backside.

Kristy Miller, 39, says she was left humiliated and embarrassed when asked by building security guard cover up her cheeky bikini bottoms in shorts as she was sun baking by the pool at her Zetland apartment complex. Picture: Toby Zerna
Kristy Miller, 39, says she was left humiliated and embarrassed when asked by building security guard cover up her cheeky bikini bottoms in shorts as she was sun baking by the pool at her Zetland apartment complex. Picture: Toby Zerna

 

Her complaint was backed by more than 20 residents who revealed they had also clashed with aggressive guards questioning their poolside attire
Her complaint was backed by more than 20 residents who revealed they had also clashed with aggressive guards questioning their poolside attire


Her complaint was backed by more than 20 residents who revealed they, too, had been challenged over their swimwear by guards at Constant Security.

"We express our sincere apologies for the incident which took place on Monday at Emerald Park," a letter to Ms Miller from senior strata management Lucy Campbell read.

"We agree unreservedly you did absolutely nothing wrong and that the way you were treated was unfair and completely unacceptable.

Kristy Miller (second right) says she has worn skimpier bikinis and has never been challenged before.
Kristy Miller (second right) says she has worn skimpier bikinis and has never been challenged before.


"The actions of the security guard involved are indefensible and do not reflect the bylaws."

A jubilant Ms Miller welcomed the decision but said the guard needed to be retrained and re-educated on the etiquette of poolside bathing wear.

"I hope I don't see him again and that they train him on what's acceptable swimwear when sunbaking, a cheeky bikini is not a G-string, I pay $600 to live in my unit, I should be able to put on whatever I want by the pool and not feel I'm going to come attack for it.

Pool signs that warn no G-strings are allowed have been ripped down. Picture: Toby Zerna
Pool signs that warn no G-strings are allowed have been ripped down. Picture: Toby Zerna


"I said before this is Australia, not a Muslim country. Who is a security guard to tell me what I can and cannot wear?"

The Building Management Committee for Whelan Property Group confirmed a thorough investigation into the guard's conduct was underway and that signs erected in the pool area were unauthorised and installed without the committee's consent.

"These signs, and any others in Emerald Park that were erected without our express approval and consent, have now been removed," Ms Campbell added.

Business development manager Kristy Miller has been left “humiliated” and contemplating legal action after she was told to “put shorts on,” or leave while sunbaking.
Business development manager Kristy Miller has been left “humiliated” and contemplating legal action after she was told to “put shorts on,” or leave while sunbaking.


"Please be assured that we are taking this situation very seriously. We have launched a comprehensive and wide-ranging investigation into what happened over the weekend, and afterwards.

"The scope of the investigation includes a review of all security arrangements, protocols and training, (including the contract of the security company involved) and a review of all relevant bylaws to ensure they are clear and understood by all relevant stakeholders.

"The committee in no way endorses the actions of the security guard concerned, who has been stood down from service at Emerald Park, nor did we authorise any of the subsequent comments made to you by any concerned parties.

The offending item: The Calvin Klein white two-piece offended the security guard. Picture: Toby Zerna
The offending item: The Calvin Klein white two-piece offended the security guard. Picture: Toby Zerna


"You have our word that we will do everything we can to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again at Emerald Park."

On Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked for his thoughts on the stoush.
Mr Morrison told 2GB radio he was not aware of the situation but did not think there were any rules stopping Ms Miller.

"I thought they always could (wear what they want) I was not aware that any of that had been constricted," he said.
"I'm surprised that it even applied. I tell you what though, as the father of daughters I might have some dress standards and conditions, but that's for the family."

The apology letter.
The apology letter.

Originally published as Guard stood down after telling woman in bikini to 'put shorts on'



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