Cover up those cheeks on South Carolina beaches or face criminal charges. Tiara Monique Garness, 22, learned this lesson while vacationing at Myrtle Beach over the Memorial Day weekend. The High Point, N.C. resident was arrested and charged with indecent exposure for wearing a thong bikini that exposed her buttocks.
Authorities allege Garness was warned that she would be detained if she didn’t don a cover-up, but she ignored police. She was arrested at 5 a.m. Friday and is being held on a $469 cash bond.
Several other trippers met the same fate. Latosha Faye Collins, 27; Tenisha Blair, 34; and Latoya Michen, 31 were all arrested for the same offense between 7:20 p.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Myrtle Beach’s ABC affiliate, KTRE, reports:
Latosha Faye Collins, 27-years-old from Dalton, GA was arrested at 7:20 p.m. at 199 8th Ave. North on Ocean Blvd. The police report states Collins was on the back of a purple motorcycle shaking her bare bottom in the air.
Collins was traveling with Eric Cunningham, 47-years-old, also from Dalton, GA. Cunningham received a misdemeanor racing engines unnecessarily, and driving without a license. The police report states he was racing his engine so Collins could shake herself on his motorcycle.
Tenisha Blair, 34-years-old, from Shelby, NC was also arrested at 199 8th Ave. N. Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach, around 9:45 p.m. Friday night. The police report states she was walking on a sidewalk wearing a black dress with nothing on underneath, exposing her bare bottom.
Around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Latoya Michens, 31-years-old from Philadelphia, PA was arrested at 19th Ave. South Ocean Blvd. The police report states she was walking northbound on Ocean Blvd. exposing her bare bottom.
The City of Myrtle Beach Local Government forbids thong bikinis. The website states: “Thong bikini bathing suits and public display of certain body parts are illegal and can result in arrest.”
The formal law reads: Sec. 5-30 b. It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally appear on any public beach, beach access, in the public waters, any other public property, or in view of the public in such a state of dress or undress so as to expose to the view of others specified anatomical areas.