Get fit or get out: New Zealand hotel bans Lycra shorts for being “unsightly”

Get fit or get out: New Zealand hotel bans Lycra shorts for being “unsightly”

TORONTO — Lycra is a privilege, not a right, at least according to one New Zealand hotel.

The Plough Hotel in Rangiora has banned cycling shorts made from Lycra, the unforgiving stretchy material often used for workout wear. According to the hotel, Lycra shorts cause “bumps and bulges” that are inappropriate and “unsightly.”

The Guardian reports that the hotel went so far as to erect a sign that reads: “The bicycle is a beautiful object but they should never have invented lycra! No lycra shorts allowed please.”

Mike Saunders, co-owner of the hotel, said he is trying to establish a family-friendly environment and claims that many of his guests are elderly or children and that “they don’t need to know that much detail about the shape of somebody.” Apparently, there have been a number of experiences involving “large men in tiny shorts,” which Saunders said is “not appropriate for children to see.”

Guests who may now be questioning their wardrobe need not worry: Saunders plans to ban only Lycra shorts, and that “muddy football boots, tracksuit pants and Jandels (thongs or flip flops) are fine,” he told The Guardian.

Saunders went on to say that locals, thus far, have respected his decision to enforce a dress code, including Siobhan Tolhurst, who once worked for Saunders at another café. “When the cyclists come in they do stink, they are sweaty and it is unhygienic sitting on the furniture and everyone, including little children, partaking in their post exercise demeanour,” she said.

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