It seems that idiocy is endemic to the UK these days.

A man who took his stepdaughter to a public pool in England has said that he was barred from swimming – because his swim trunks were too long.

Andy Toms, 45, said that he took his stepdaughter, Annie, 11, and one of her friends to the pool at the Littledown leisure center in Bournemouth. Moments later a lifeguard told him he couldn’t swim because his trunks were too long.

Toms said the lifeguard told him the trunks posed a hygiene risk.

“I’ve used that pool for years and worn my three-quarter length trunks before,” he said. “They offered a pair from lost property but if the problem’s hygiene it’s not very hygienic to wear somebody’s lost trunks.”

A spokesman for the leisure center said officials are concerned about bacteria.

“These are not classed as swimwear and may have been used for other things like running in a field, which could mean bacteria going into the pool,” the spokesman said.

Colette Kiernander, general manager at the Littledown Centre, said: “We are currently looking into the matter, but can confirm that our swimwear policy – outlining acceptable swimwear – is clearly displayed in the changing rooms and is there to maintain a safe environment for all of our swimmers. We explained this to the customer and he left the premises after being refunded in full.”

It seems that even the pretense of common-sense has flown the coop in the UK.

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