Bikini-clad woman, 39, is left horrified after being told to ‘put some shorts on’ by a Muslim guard at an upmarket Sydney apartment building’s swimming pool.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) Several women have come forward to share ‘mortifying’ stories of how they were ordered to cover up after wearing bikinis at an inner-city apartment complex’s swimming pool.
Kristy Miller, 39, on Wednesday told how she was ordered by a security guard to leave the pool area at Emerald Park in Zetland because her Calvin Klein swimsuit ‘wasn’t to pool standards’.
‘This is Australia, not a Muslim country,’ Ms Miller told the Daily Telegraph on Thursday – adding that the ‘Middle Eastern’ security guard didn’t target men wearing budgie smugglers.
‘Who is a security guard of Middle Eastern descent to tell me what I can and cannot wear? ‘I pay $600 a week to live here, I should be able to wear whatever bikini I like.’
Irishwoman Lynne Courtney was sunbaking face down and alone beside the pool one morning in late September when she was told her ‘cheeky’ cut two-piece was exposing too much of her backside’. ‘There was nobody else at the pool but I just felt so embarrassed,’ Ms Courtney, who works for Service NSW, told Daily Mail Australia.
The 27-year-old from north Dublin has lived in the eastern suburbs for almost two years, but only recently moved into to the Emerald Park complex.
Ms Courtney told the ‘Middle Eastern’ security guard she had never had any problems before and asked why he had a problem given it was a private pool. ‘He said something like “I don’t want to be doing this, it’s not coming from me”,’ she said. ‘He made me feel ashamed in my own pool, it’s where I live. I felt it was very sexist, it’s not okay.’
Managers at Whelan Property Group, the strata company in charge of Emerald Park, refused to comment on the matter when contacted by Daily Mail Australia. Meanwhile a number for the ’24-hour building manager’ has not been answered despite numerous phone calls.
On-site building manager Rajan Neupane also declined to comment but told Daily Mail Australia that members of the management committee are working on an official statement which will be released in the coming days.
And Ms Courtney is not the only one to have her pool attire picked apart by security.
A 25-year-old Sydney woman, who did not wish to be named, said she was ‘beyond mortified’ when a security guard approached her at the pool and asked her to change out of her ‘inappropriate’ swimwear in January 2019. ‘I didn’t notice him walking around because I was lying face down on a sun bed, but I did feel him when he approached me, hovering just above my head,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
The woman, who was visiting a friend who lives in the complex, was lying alone while her mates cooled off in the water wearing a bikini she has worn ‘a thousand times’, with ‘cheeky’ cut bottoms and a classic halterneck top. ‘Acceptable on any beach right across Australia and most parts of the world, but he asked if I had “anything else I could put on”,’ she recalled.
She also claimed several residents later told her the security guard was taking photos of all women at the pool on the day, as evidence, prompting a shocked response from Fordham.
Ms Miller was inundated with comments from other women who had similar stories after she recalled her mortifying ordeal on social media. ‘I was at the lap pool and was approached and told my bikini wasn’t to pool standards and to go and put shorts on if I wanted to stay at the pool!’ she posted on a Facebook community page.
‘I was wearing a normal bikini that all the girls wear, a lovely man approached me after and let me know the same guard did the same thing to his girlfriend just prior,’ she added.
Ms Miller has received a ‘backhanded’ apology email from building management about the security guard’s behaviour, but was warned to wear appropriate attire when using the common pool areas.
New signs have since been erected in the complex pool areas.
‘Please kindly read all the rules. If everyone follows the building rule, the guard will never bother anyone. I apologise for the incident but in the meantime, residents need to follow the rules as well,’ the email states.