“If I were a young lady and dressed in a sporty way or however you want to phrase it, and there’s nothing wrong with that, . . . I would not want somebody thinking I’m a prostitute,” Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday, rising to the defense of halter tops adorning the bodies of respectable women everywhere.
The report was accompanied by a photo of a dozen women representing car-service companies who were dressed to kill. The headline asked if the mayor imagined them to be prostitutes.
“I thought to myself, what can this story possibly be about?” Bloomberg recounted in wonder on his weekly radio show.
Turns out, he was quite interested in the picture and not so much in the story.
Bloomberg said he hadn’t been briefed on the bill and didn’t know if his administration would support it or not.
“Whether it’s enforceable and a good idea, I don’t know,” he added.
Twenty minutes later, following discussions that touched on the evils of oversized sodas to the perils of diluting full disclosure of teacher evaluations, Bloomberg explained:
“It [the bill] only applies to the second offense if the driver had been convicted of participating, soliciting, whatever. And he or she has got to do it knowingly.”
As a result, mayoral spokesman Stu Loeser said the administration was all aboard the measure passed by the council on Wednesday.
Taxi drivers caught transporting prostitutes could lose their license for a first offense as well as face an additional $10,000 fine the second time around.
But some women fear they won’t be able to hail a taxi because cabbies might jump to the conclusion that they’re streetwalkers based on their outfits.
In ruminating about who might be and who might not be taken for a hooker, the mayor was willing to share this advice with the young women of this fashion-crazed city.
There’s “nothing wrong” with sporty clothes as long as you know when and where to wear them.
“It’s not appropriate to go to work,” concluded Bloomberg. “But at night, or something, sure. Why not?”
And if a cabby is reluctant to pick you up, just tell him the mayor said it was OK.
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