Last summer, my husband and I who live in France went to Lebanon to visit family. While there, we decided to go to Oceana to enjoy the sunshine and cool water. I wore a two piece suit that included a tankini top and what they refer to as “shorty” or bottoms that don’t show your thighs.
A lifeguard approached me and told me to get up so he could see what I was wearing. I obliged and came up to the surface of the water. He told me I have to wear a swimsuit or get out.
I told him this is a swimsuit. He said “no”, it has to be a bikini top and a panty with laces on the side. So I flipped and told him why should I wear a bikini? He wasn’t wearing one.
So he got upset and said “I’m a man, I can’t wear a panty”. So I said “OK, so because I’m a girl, I should obliged your eyes so you can see my ass, but you don’t want to show yours”? He got upset because I started making a scene. He said, I have to get out because he didn’t consider what I was wearing to be a bikini.
So I asked him for the rules of the swimming club that pointed out that all females had to be in bikinis. He said I should go and speak to the manager if I had a problem, because he didn’t set the rules. So I told him that if the manager had a problem with my attire, then he should come and tell me himself. Furthermore, if he does have a problem, then my family and I are leaving and would like a refund.
Not only do they charge us horrendously four using the pool and God given beach, but they also want their female customers dressed in bikinis for the pleasure of their eyes. So he insisted on being stubborn and asked me to leave.
Then my husband interefered in English or French because he isn’t Lebanese. The lifeguard said he didn’t speak anything but arabic. Eventually, he agreed to go away.
On our way home, we stopped by the entrance to check the rules and found no mention of “bikinis”.
Life guards in Lebanon should be trained to prioritise safety NOT check out girls! Shame on Oceana!
Submitted by Anonymous
Location: Oceana Beach Club, Jiyyeh
Time of harassment: 16-20: Afternoon Rush Hour / العصر
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