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A 36-year-old woman faced with a customs search at Bermuda's LF Wade International Airport rather brilliantly responded by instantly shedding her clothes and telling officers: “If you want to see me naked, you can do it right fucking here.” Loukai Phillips, a Bermudian native now living abroad, had just flown in from London on …

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Playmobil?

Or it did not happen

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Huh ...

I never see anything that exciting when I go through the airport.

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Huh ...

Same... though if I tell work I'd like to fly via Bermuda instead of Amsterdam I'd probably also hear some foul language

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Nice to see the intellectual response from the magistrate:

"If you don’t want to be searched, don't come through customs."

Idiot.

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"If you don’t want to be searched, don't come through customs."

I think it is the new slogan of the US tourism board?

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WTF?

If you don't want to be search don't come through customs!!

How else are we supposed to get into the country???

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Have nothing to declare..

Although I have e feeling that would not make a difference. They either have it in for this woman, or she's so good looking that they have gone "creative" on the reporting system. After all, who watches the watchers?

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Re: If you don't want to be search don't come through customs!!

Should we look forward to a further case where she is caught illegally entering the country?

I look forward to the defence of "your honour told me to avoid customs...."

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Stop

@yakuhii

Just don't come.

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@Nuke

Yup, last thing the US needs is foreigners coming in and spending money! Discourage the lot of them!

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Bermuda is not the US

Although the airport is in US ATC, Bermuda is not really part of the US.

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FAIL

When did...

the USA invade Bermuda?

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Boat people

Illegally like most other people. lol

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How else are we supposed to get into the country???

Cross from Mexico as an illegal alien and then get a job with the TSA.

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That's right citizen

It's give up your rights and your privacy or stay the f*ck at home!

Love this world. Oh yes, it just gets better every day.

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Loukai....

She certainly gave bystanders something to loukai at.

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If you don't want to be searched, don't go through customs

Isn't that like saying if you don't want to be mugged, don't walk down the street?

Being strip searched everything you travel does sound like harraisment, particulalrly if she hasn't been convicted of something like smuggling.

No doubt there are over-worked professions who are just trying to do their job but too many seem to have fallen into the Standford experiment for comfort.

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Reading between the lines......

...Is that an invitation to enter the country by other means?

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Big Brother

"If you don’t want to be searched, don't come through customs."

Why not abolish customs?

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Why not abolish customs?

Because they're customs, and customary. Any excuse for a Government to rob people is OK, surely? NOT!!!

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Reconstruction

Get the Playmobil squad on the job at once!

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"If you don’t want to be searched, don't come through customs"

So, she can now legally use back exit to sidestep customs?

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Do it here

Thank goodness OAPs going for a prostrate exam don't take the same approach in their GPs waiting room.

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Categorical error

An "OAP" (actually man over 40) going for a "prostrate" exam* would be aware ahead of the fact that they are going to have a finger put up their bottom and would further be aware that the doctor was doing this in order to ascertain whether their prostate (note spelling) is in a healthy condition. The fact that they have voluntarily requested this procedure indicates that they are willing to put up with this.

Meanwhile, this woman is being repeatedly subjected to an unnecessary and humiliating strip-search that provides no advantage to anyone. The fact that it is both involuntary, and that refusal to submit to it would place her in danger of arrest and imprisonment, further compounds the categorical error you make in trying to claim that they are no different…

* Is a prostrate exam the one taken by prostitutes before they get their license?

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There's the rub

"If you don't want to be searched, don't come through customs."

This is the fundamental misunderstanding of the role of customs, as an organ of the state, with relation to the citizen that is becoming unfortunately commonplace. By extension: if you don't want to be arrested for loitering, don't leave the house; if you don't want your phone tapped, don't use it, etc.

Could you pass me my coat, please? It's the one with "The Social Contract" in the pocket.

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Hey

Someone remembers Jean-Jaques!

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Thats the official police line

I've been told more than once by the filth "If you don't want to be strip searched/arrested stay indoors". Some years ago, admittedly as I'm no longer in the "ZOMG he's under 30 better nick him" bracket. In fact its weird - I can just walk past cops smoking spliffs & they don't even look at me. Probably looking for a teenager to blame.

I started to do the same as this woman once, when pulled by Woking cops 3 times in 24 hours for no rational reason - I recall shouting "If you want to look at my cock again..." & starting to remove my clothes - then unbelievably they actually almost apologised - "I can see why you might be annoyed..."

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Pics or didn't happen

See title

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fuckwits rule

"If you don’t want to be searched, don't come through customs"

Authorities are fuckwits, no matter where you live!

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genius

lol genius, but I can't blame the woman - and god damn if I could get into a country without having to cross customs as customs is full of brain dead douche bags.

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Meanwhile in Scotland

The "naked rambler" has been sentenced to just under 2 years in jail for refusing to wear clothes (before someone mentions it, there has been no suggestion of any sexual conduct and Scotland was the first place who gave him hassle), something which is NOT illegal, however Tayside Police, Tayside Area Procurator Fiscals (one and the same with Tayside Police tbh) and Perth Judiciary seem to have unilaterally decided it is and have set out on a witch hunt. Mainly by waiting outside the jail on the day of his release.

Good to know there is so little crime they have time to harass someone who doesn't want to wear clothes, that the prisons are so empty the judges feel free to send him there for 2 years and that we are so flush with cash we can squander another £80,000 on locking up someone on such a spurious charge </sarcasm> Meanwhile back in the real world, someone who attempted to murder someone by stamping repeatedly on their head gets a structured deferred sentence, people who mug old ladies get probation and if they are unlucky community service. Also council services being slashed left right and centre.

Seems many in "Law enforcement" are stuck in the Victorian era or believe that Judge Dredd is a model for the world.......

FFS if the man wants to walk around naked in this fridge of an island and risk frostbite, good for him, seriously there are many many more important issues to deal with than someone not supporting the textile industry

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Democracy = Mob Rule = Fascism

There are seemingly few rights when someone goes against dictated society norms; it's conform or be punished. Those causing physical harm will often suffer less punishment than those simply causing 'righteous indignation' to that end.

I personally find it a bit odd seeing people walking the streets naked and there are many other things I could choose to take offence at, but I choose to simply ignore them if that doesn't harm me. It's a shame others don't do that but prefer a more fascistic response. They're usually the one's proclaiming it's all about "rights", but only their rights it seems.

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Proportionate?

It seems he's spent most of the past 10 years in a Scottish jail for the same reason. Now that doesn't sound very proportionate in comparison to, for example, Al Megrahi who did a mere 8 years for bombing the Pan Am jumbo killing 270 people.

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That's his mistake.

If he had been going around naked committing actual crimes, he would havd gotten off.

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So either 2 coppers, mary whitehouse wannabe's, procurator fiscals or judges read the register....seems even some daily mail readers share my view...given the number of thumbs up....probably due to the cost to the taxpayer more than approval of nudity tho

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In & out of jail more often than <redacted>

He gets released from prison, naked, the police promptly pick him up for public nudity, and he's back to court. He appears naked, and gets another stint for public nudity and contempt of court for refusing to put on some clothes when the judge orders him to do so. Rinse, lather, repeat.

HMP Perth, where he's been detained, is in the outskirts of Perth. If he put on even a pair of boxers until he was in the countryside then there would be less of an issue.. Personally, I think he should be released on a crisp, but dry, winter morning.

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Or just live and let live

Given Tayside cops have said several times there are offences they do not enforce like joyriding (nice to know they can and do ignore the law when they feel like it *roll eyes*)

Would it not have just been simpler to take a pragmatic view and just escort him out of their jurisdiction or just let him finish the walk and ignore the minority of idiots who claim to have been mortally offended?

Then again given the fundamentalist religious views of many Scottish politicians I'm surprised they didn't try to stick him on the "Register" or jail him for life

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Re: democracy and such

I've been itching to answer this one all day but I've been a bit busy.

Democracy is not just elections. Democracy is, at it's base, holding those in power to accountin order to limit their ambitions to serving the people. A mere election is usually the most efficient way to choose who those in power are going to be but it is not the essential element of a democratic system of government. The House of Lords, prior to being stuffed with government-appointed stooges and tripped of its ability to prevent the cabinet exercising untrammelled power, was more democratic than our current "system".

When a democratic system comes apart, it becomes mob rule and a sort of soft totalitarianism (fascism is actually the merging of state power with private capital, with the state totally directing the use of capital without actually taking ownership, but who's counting?) but by dint of that failure it stops being democracy - those in power are no longer held to account, the system no longer prevents their excesses but encourages them. A functional democracy prevents mob rule.

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(untitled)

Based on your tale, then bully for her.

Don't come through customs ? So that's an enticement to sneak in and out of the country elsewhere on the coast ? I'm sure we'd all rather forgo the pleasure of going through customs.

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Won't somebody think of the children

Prosecutors demanded a fine as punishment for the outrage, since "children had been present and Phillips had repeatedly used bad language while removing her clothes".

What? No justification because ladies were present too?

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shame about the bad language

Otherwise the 'think of the children' response from the officials could have been refuted as ludicrous... not that the whole thing is not ludicrous.

Also judge is encouraging the defendant to commit crime with the 'dont go through through customs' remark - since that is clearly suggesting that there are other means to get into the country.

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Re: Time to get real....

"That is what you get for your passed associations, pick your friends more carefully. ..."

Having known people who were always stopped at border controls because they were black, I'm sure your clueless "eyes forward, patriot" idiotic response would have something to do with "choosing your skin colour more carefully". Except that you obviously cannot, nor can anyone have total knowledge of what their acquaintances may or may not have done in the *past*.

Get a clue and stop advocating the systematic victimisation of innocent people and collective punishment, you ignorant moron!

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"passed"?

Lern tu yuse Inglish propa, idiot!

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@AC OP 11:44 GMT

Anon because if I associate with your post, people will assume I am an ass too.

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I must have read a diferent article to you guys

"unspecified past association"

so her ex was a smuggler (pure conjecture on my part - but it's hard to think of an association that could relate to customs that isnt about smuggling)

that's why she's constantly being searched.

which strikes me as hardly surprising.

if that is the case then the judged remarks look more like

"stop trying to smuggle shit, and we'll stop trying to catch you"

or at worst

"cos we strongly suspect\are aware of you of smuggling in the past, we are no longer prepared to take your word"

I could well be wrong, and maybe she really is being victimised... who knows

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@I must have read...

Sure, sure, no smoke without fire right? Guilty by association?

Sometimes (often?) the autorities are plain wrong and abusive. See the post about the naked rambler above.

The question is, what to do about it?

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or maybe

she had a boyfriend who was a smuggler, she found out and chucked him but still has to put up with this sort of shit every time she flies anywhere?

You are assuming she had knowledge of the incidents that her past associate's mis-deeds, we don't know.

It still seems harsh to me to be searched every time she fly's just because of someone she knew.

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Presumably the many previous searches found nothing?

... else they wouldn't be very good to be used in her defense.

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So...

Get a passport under a new name. It doesn't even really have to be yours.

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