Row over mannequin's wardrobe malfunction

Row over mannequin's wardrobe malfunction

A mannequin wearing a swimsuit made of candy in a store window in Beatrice, Nebraska. AP

Police covered the window at Hannah’s Treasures for about a day last week after several people in the southeast Nebraska city of 12,500 complained about the mannequin with a pair of pants around its ankles and wearing shoes but no other clothing.

City Attorney Tobias Tempelmeyer said on Monday he had yet to receive all the police reports on the semi-naked mannequin. “We’re not able at this point to issue a determination whether it’s obscene or not,” Tempelmeyer said.

The owner of the closed shop later dressed the offending mannequin in a bikini.
Store owner Kevin Kramer’s lawyer, Dustin Garrison said that Kramer might sue over the dispute.

“Nothing about a naked mannequin constitutes obscenity,” Garrison said. “I think we’ve all gone into a department store and seen a naked mannequin at one point in our lives.”
Kevin Kramer said that the shop in Beatrice was closed because he was in the process of moving his business to Lincoln.

Tempelmeyer said that the dispute was resolved amicably, and that he was OK with the mannequin wearing a bikini.

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