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Women arrested for wearing swimsuits in public in South Carolina

By Mason White 4:11 AM May 26, 2013
Tiara Monique Garness 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A North Carolina woman was arrested and charged with indecent exposure related charges after wearing a swimsuit in public, according to a statement released by South Carolina police.

Myrtle Beach police charged the woman with indecent exposure after officers warned her not to wear a thong swimsuit along Ocean Boulevard, according to the arrest report.

Tiara Monique Garness, 22, of High Point, North Carolina, was arrested at 5:00 am Friday in the 1700 block of Ocean Boulevard, the report said.
Officers charged her with the misdemeanor offense after being warned twice by police officers to properly cover herself.

“Did this just happen in the United States? I am shocked that a woman was arrested for wearing a swimsuit in public. She was not naked or anything like that. The police officers need to be charged with false imprisonment,” Wanda Patterson, 23, of Greensboro, North Carolina told after being asked to comment on Garness’ arrest.

Garness was taken to jail in Myrtle Beach, and was held on $469 bail, according to jail records.

She was not the only woman arrested for wearing a swimsuit over the weekend.
Latosha Faye Collins, 27, of Dalton, Georgia was arrested at 7:20 pm at 199 8th Ave North Ocean Boulevard. The police report said Collins was on the back of a motorcycle, wagging in the air.

Collins was traveling with Eric Cunningham, 47, also of Dalton, Georgia.
Tenisha Blair, 34, from Shelby, North Carolina was also arrested on 199 8th Ave North Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach, around 9:45 pm on Friday night. The police report stated that she was walking on a sidewalk in a black dress with nothing underneath.