This one’s a pip
(LA Times) File this under “Things that make you go ‘Huh?,’ California section”: The city of San Juan Capistrano has banned flip-flops at two city parks.
And better yet: City officials apparently didn’t know they’d done it.
And even better yet: It’s a rule, but no one is enforcing it.
OK, insert your “crazy Californians” joke here.
But really, what’s next: banning bikinis at the beach, or Ray Bans, or fire pits? (Oh, wait, scratch that last one.)
This is from the opinion piece by Paul Whitefield, based on the article by Paloma Esquivel. The flip-flops rule will not be enforced, because there are no supervisors at the parks. The article notes
On Monday, Commission Secretary Cynthia Alexander said she had been informed by city staff that the ban was designed to protect the city from liability under a template provided by the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, which provides liability insurance to dozens of cities in the state.
In case you’re wondering, yes, the CJPIA is essentially a government agency, a way of self-insuring over 120 member municipalities. And somehow the flip-flops rule slipped in with no one knowing, and is unenforceable. Not that you’d really want to wear flip-flops at the parks, the dog park being mostly dirt and the other is a wildlife area known for rattlesnakes, does Government really need to tell you “NO!!!!! You Shall Not Wear Flip-flops!!!!!!”?