Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Only Ones with an emotional age of 14 enough

A Bonners Ferry woman says she was humiliated when security guards at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene told her she'd have to remove her underwire bra to get inside.

Lori Plato said she was going into the courthouse for a court hearing Sept. 20 when the metal detector went off as she passed through security.

"When I walked through, the gentleman said, "'Do you have an underwire bra on?'." Plato said. "I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'You have to remove it.' "

But there was nowhere private to remove her bra, she said. The guards suggested she go out to her car to do it.

Instead, Plato — who describes herself as "not petite" — said she removed her bra while her husband tried to shield her from view of others in the crowded lobby by holding up his coat.

She said she had to put the bra on a conveyor belt and send it through an x-ray machine.

"After I got through the metal detector and waited for my bra to come through the conveyor belt, one of the security guards said, "'That's a girl,'" Plato said. She thought the guard was making fun of her.

The U.S. Marshal's Service, which supervises security at the courthouse, said Plato was given options and chose not to exercise them. She was told she could have gone to her car or to a neighboring business to remove the bra, U.S. Marshal Patrick McDonald said.

I go in and out of state and federal courthouses every day and I've never seen anything as unprofessional as this. At every entrance there is at least one handheld wand to use on people who set off the metal detector even after emptying their pockets. If the rent-a-cops who are operating the machine have its sensitivity set high enough even the brads used in some blue jeans will set it off.

They should have wanded the woman's chest to verify that the metallic substance that set off the detector was in the bra and then let her through.

It sounds like the retired Only Ones who get hired to pretend to be Federal Marshals at the courthouse were having a slow day and decided to screw around with the chick with the big tits.