SC may ban 'upskirting' photos

Friday, March 14, 2014 8:48 AM
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COLUMBIA — Secretly taking a photo or video from underneath a person’s skirt would be banned under anti-peeping law, if a bill proposed this week becomes law in South Carolina.

Rep. Rita Allison, R-Lyman, said constituents were worried about the practice of “upskirting” after a Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts declared it to be legal. Lawmakers of the state quickly passed legislation to prohibit the secretive photography.

“I’ve had mothers of young children that called me about, ‘Is this covered?’” she said. She said when she checked to see if South Carolina’s voyeurism law included up skirting, she found that it did not.

Allison’s proposal, H. 4912, would add upskirting to the list of activities that are illegal in South Carolina.

A first offense is a misdemeanor and carries a fine of $500 and a sentence of up to three years. Any offense after that, the crime is a felony, and a maximum find of $5,000 and possible prison term of five years.

“Before we didn’t have the technology that we do today, and we probably didn’t have a lot of the problems we have now,” said the Spartanburg County Republican.

A search of Georgia bills yielded no similar proposal pending before the Legislature.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/14/14 - 09:03 am
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Why do we need a law?

Dang....This seems like a no brainer.....wth has happened to common sense.....we have lost something in the last years ...

I just can't believe that ANYONE would think this is ok...duh duh duh

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/14 - 09:09 am
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Public

If you are out in public, you have no expectation of privacy. Candid photography is as old as the camera. I think the legislators are wasting their time.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/14/14 - 09:22 am
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More laws, less enforcement, more chaos and anarchy? Why?
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More laws, less enforcement, more chaos and anarchy? Why?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/14/14 - 09:23 am
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Laws are for the law abiding. Civilization is gone
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Laws are for the law abiding. Civilization is gone

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/14/14 - 09:32 am
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Riverman

Take heed.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 03/14/14 - 09:34 am
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A no brainier called personal privacy.

That seldom read document in Article 3 states that:
"Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. "
So I would consider a persons underwear, or lack there of, a privacy issue and a person has a right to privacy.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/14/14 - 09:44 am
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Dixieman wants to make this mandatory

for both sexes. Any man in SC wearing a skirt will be forced to allow his private area, with or without undergarments, to be photographed. And women will have to wear stuffed birds on their hats.
Has the legislature nothing better to do today?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/14/14 - 10:30 am
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JTF, Yeah, I Was Hopeless

JTF, we used to try to shine our shoes real well to give them a mirror like effect. I'd stand by Anita Jo Lewis who wore dresses (actually, all the girls wore dresses back then) with one foot sticking way out as I looked down. She surprised me one day, but we won't get into that right now. Of course some boys would just glue a mirror on their shoes.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/14/14 - 10:30 am
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With all of the other

With all of the other problems in that state, here is another earth shattering piece of legislation. Oh well, if they are wasting their time on this I guess it keeps them from screwing up something meaningful.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/14 - 10:32 am
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Re-read

From the story:

COLUMBIA — Secretly taking a photo or video from underneath a person’s skirt would be banned under anti-peeping law, if a bill proposed this week becomes law in South Carolina.

So the solution is just to take the upskirt photos openly. The subject is in public and the photographer is in public. Therefore, it is not "secretly."

rebellious
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rebellious 03/14/14 - 10:33 am
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A law?

Geez, you gotta have a law for everything these days, even when common sense and decency would clearly point to the inappropriateness of peeking up a skirt. Makes me shake my head...

edcushman
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edcushman 03/14/14 - 10:40 am
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"Has the legislature nothing
Unpublished

"Has the legislature nothing better to do today?"
Politicians think that are so important that they have to be doing something.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/14/14 - 10:48 am
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Fox News Babes

Hey, I'm not taking photos, but I'm sure looking enough to be breaking the law when I watch the Fox News babes SITTING there. Wowza.

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 03/14/14 - 03:01 pm
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Does anyone

Does anyone even wear a skirt anymore? For goodness sake I don't think a woman wears a short enough skirt anymore for such a voyeuristic opportunity to arise... The law is about 10 years too late... And thongs peaking out of jeans should also be banned... There's another outdated one... And no more garter belts!!!! For goodness sake!

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 03/14/14 - 10:51 am
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*wear

*wear a skirt

Jake
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Jake 03/14/14 - 10:53 am
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What about a.....

cleavage photo? You know, the type when a lovely woman bends over and you are blessed with a view that rivals the Grand Canyon at sunset and makes you want to holler, "Get me a pack mule, Clementine, I want to go exploring".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/14 - 10:55 am
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Sitting There

Good point, RM. If a woman wearing a skirt is sitting and a person in front of her snaps a photo, the photo is technically an "upskirt" photo even if the woman's knees are holding an aspirin between them. That would be an interesting criminal arrest for that photo.

na_bboy
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na_bboy 03/14/14 - 11:06 am
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duh!!

duh!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/14/14 - 11:07 am
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You know!

If I didn't want someone filming my 'drawers' or lack thereof then I would wear dresses/skirts long enough to hid my 'junk' or better yet pants. LOL!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/14/14 - 11:20 am
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True Story

We had an employee get busted taking a photo on an escalator in NYC. The victim was about 3 steps up from the guilty party.

john
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john 03/14/14 - 11:36 am
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so

if under the skirt is public domain, is it a problem when i kick someones rear end if they do it to my daughter?

Graymare
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Graymare 03/14/14 - 12:26 pm
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Y'all are hilarious!

OMG! Too funny!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/14/14 - 12:51 pm
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You All Are MIssing Something.

upskirting' photography is a high paying business. You know where to go to prove it.

The Savage Madame
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The Savage Madame 03/14/14 - 12:53 pm
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Jake, you just made my day!

Jake, you just made my day!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/14/14 - 01:16 pm
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If they make a law, make it

If they make a law, make it legal for the victim's family to stomp the crap of some perv taking upskirt photos.

specsta
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specsta 03/14/14 - 03:58 pm
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Oh, Brother...

"Rep. Rita Allison, R-Lyman, said constituents were worried about the practice of “upskirting” after a Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts declared it to be legal."

Now that's something to really worry about. Better pass that knee-jerk law before panic ensues in the streets and women (and some men) stop wearing skirts and only dress in frumpy, baggy clothes to deter the misguided passions of the upskirter.

Let's make sure we spend $25,000 a year to lock up someone for having the gall to take a photo of a woman's (or man's) holy drawers!

Meanwhile, children are found living in bug-infested squalor, the homeless roam the streets, the elderly die from lack of medical care and our water, air and food is continually poisoned with the blessings of the government.

But - that stuff is secondary. Snapping a picture (which probably won't come out anyway) up a woman's (or man's) skirt and passing a law to stop (prevent?) it, brings all the legislators together to reach across the aisle, shake hands and sing praises that they have ACCOMPLISHED something.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/14/14 - 04:21 pm
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Lighten up specsta......man

Lighten up specsta......man you are wound too tight! :)

Fire_For_Effect
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Fire_For_Effect 03/14/14 - 05:03 pm
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Thank you Rep. Rita Allison,

Thank you Rep. Rita Allison, R-Lyman. Your proposed bill serves as an important reminder that just because someone identifies a "republican", no one should ever assume that it means they are "conservative", or believers in"small government".

As the republican party declines, the Tea Party ascends.

You are quoted as saying, "“I’ve had mothers of young children that called me about, ‘Is this covered?’”

Please know that I've had mothers of young children call me and ask, "Why do elected officials have a fetish for controlling their fellow citizens? Why do lawmakers continuously take legal activities and behaviors, and make them illegal?"

Rep Allison, what kind of a sick personality could conceive of depriving someone of three years of their of there God given liberty, over such a trivial matter?

Fire_For_Effect
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Fire_For_Effect 03/14/14 - 05:10 pm
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InChristLove -

InChristLove - Was our Lord and Savior "wound too tightly" when he overturned the money changer's tables in the temple?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/14 - 05:50 pm
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New Commenter

Hey, welcome to the forum, Fire_For_Effect.

:-)

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