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Bar forced to cancel underwear event

ST. KILDA, Australia, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A bar in St. Kilda, Australia, has been forced to cancel a promotion allowing women to remove their underwear in exchange for free drinks, authorities said.

Sue Maclellan, director of licensing for the Australian state of Victoria, ordered the Saint Hotel to cancel its No Undie Sundie event, which was scheduled for Sunday, over concerns that it could encourage irresponsible drinking, the Melbourne Herald-Sun reported Thursday.

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Maclellan gave the order after meeting with the pub's licensee, Cameron Manning.

Advertisements for the event said women would receive $40 in free drinks, amounting to about four of the bar's cocktails, for removing their underpants at the pub.

No Undie Sundie had been criticized by activists as dangerous and sexist.

"It sends a very bad message, and it is one made very explicit," said Carolyn Worth, spokeswoman for the Melbourne Center Against Sexual Assault. "The Saint is really pushing the barriers."

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