Guard bans bikini bather from Sydney apartment pool
A woman has been left "humiliated" and "disgusted" after she was told to put shorts on or leave while sunbaking in a bikini at her inner Sydney unit complex.
Business development manager Kristy Miller, 39, had been living at the Emerald Park apartments in Zetland for just four weeks when she was approached by a security guard while sunbaking at the pool. She was wearing "cheeky-cut" swimming bottoms, which are a cross between a full brief and G-string.
Ms Miller claims the guard told her, "You can't wear that bikini. Put some shorts on and then you can come back" before pointing to by-laws stating that "people need to be adequately clothed."
She says she was told by other residents that the guard had taken photos of her without her permission.
"He was standing waiting for me to leave and another man said his girlfriend had just been harassed at the other pool. Apparently it has been going on for quite a while," she said.
"I was humiliated and remember thinking it was a joke because I was trying to process it. Having a big burly security guard tell you that you can't wear a bikini, it's very unAustralian.
"I've lived in apartments all around Zetland with pools for years and have never had any issue."
Ms Miller reached out to 2GB's Ben Fordham to apply pressure on building management after receiving a lacklustre response clarifying the apartment by-laws.
In a statement, management said it was "hard to elaborate" on what clothing was appropriate and the rules were enacted by the Owner's Corporation for the "betterment of the development".
"Adequately covered means no topless, no G string and properly covered back side of the body. Sorry, hard to elaborate it."
Ms Miller said she had been sunbaking with friends at the pool on Saturday and Sunday in a "skimpier" bikini but was never told to cover up by the security guard on patrol at the time.
She says she has been left "shocked" by the incident and is outraged by the by-laws - which she says have never been used to target men who frequent the pool in Speedos.
"How does a man dictate what is considered properly covered? They're taking it upon themselves to decide what women should wear."
Since raising her concerns in a local community group, Ms Miller has been approached by at least three other women who have suffered the same ordeal.
She has approached building management, who apologised for the incident but went on to order her to "follow the rules."
Building management say they are investigating the incident and "action will be taken which includes termination."
After speaking with Fair Trading, Ms Miller is now considering legal action.
"I just want it stopped so we can wear what we want," she said.
Emerald Park have been contacted for comment but did not respond.
Originally published as Guard bans bikini bather from Sydney apartment pool