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Dear PoPville – Why can’t we wear cotton clothes at the pool?

by Prince Of Petworth June 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm 52 Comments

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Dear PoPville,

This weekend we went to the Harry Thomas rec center to swim. My boyfriend was hanging out on a lounge chair and wearing a cotton t-shirt. A lifeguard approached us and told him he must remove his t-shirt. We asked the lifeguard why, and he said it was “just the rules”. I understand if you can’t wear clothes in the pool, but we were hanging out on the pool deck. Does anyone know why you can’t wear cotton clothes at the pool?

When we left, we noticed signs in the locker rooms about cotton clothes being banned from the pool area. So bizarre.

Very strange – I don’t see it in the DPR’s list of rules. Maybe it’s not considered “proper swim attire”?

Though I am glad to see: “No gum, spitting, spouting, nose blowing or urinating in pool” is an official rule…


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