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Court Bans Earrings for German Officers

May 18, 1986|United Press International

MANNHEIM, West Germany — Customs policemen cannot wear earrings while on duty, a West German court has ruled.

The court rejected Friday the contention of a customs policeman that his superior's refusal to allow him to wear a silver earring in one ear violated Article 2 of the West German constitution, which says everyone has the right to freely develop his personality.

He said his superior had called the earring "unsuitable and laughable."

The court said a customs policeman often gives foreigners their first impression of the country and wearing an earring would endanger this representation function.

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