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LETTER OF THE DAY - Fashion police and silly rules

Published:Monday | October 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: With Jamaica currently under attack from the persistent, painful chikungunya virus while the deadly Ebola hovers, my present concern will appear trivial.

However, I really believe that it is these 'simple irritants' which, when added up, makes living in Jamaica the nightmare it can appear to be.

Being the optimist that I am, I continue to believe that there must be some reason or sense guiding the rules by which we live.

On Thursday morning, I visited the Constant Spring tax office to renew my driver's licence. I wore a sleeveless blouse and was told that I could not take my picture like that - "A directive from the police."

It is apparent that in this beautiful tropical country, others also go sleeveless. I made a choice and complied. Having covered the offending shoulders, I was then told that my bang (fringe of hair on the forehead) would not be allowed in the photo.

Having other business to do that day, I scraped the bang off my forehead and the photo was taken. So having paid my $4,500, I now have a driver's licence for the next five years bearing a photo of someone that even I don't readily recognise.

So my questions are:

1. What is the point of a photo ID if not to make the bearer readily identifiable?

2. Would our prime minister be asked to get rid of her signature hairstyle to satisfy this rule?

I must stress that at no time was the person attending to me rude, but kept repeating that she was following instructions. Who knows, perhaps Jamaica would now be First World if we stopped majoring in the minor.