Cheeky ... Channel 4 news reporter Sue is pinched on the bum
By NICK FRANCIS
AUGUST 03, 2007
Rumpus ... our pre-rumptial agreement
A BUM pinch caught live on TV sparked a police investigation — and now a national debate.
Red-cheeked Sue Turton was shocked when passer-by Rufus Burdett gave her bottom a quick tweak as she reported on the Oxfordshire floods for Channel 4 News.
Police threatened jobless Burdett with a fine but in the end let him off with a caution.
Now Sue’s public goosing — seen by more than 100,000 on YouTube — has ignited a countrywide debate on whether or not the traditional bum pinch is acceptable behaviour.
What for years has been looked upon as harmless fun can now get the perpetrator a police record, fine and even prison.
So, to protect everyone involved, The Sun has drawn a Pre-Rumptial Agreement.
Whenever you feel like expressing your appreciation of someone’s backside, first get them to sign this cut-out-and-keep consent form.
It entitles you to one gentle squeeze of the posterior of whoever signs it.
Both the pincher and pinchee have to sign for it to be binding — and it may save you from getting the sack, being fined or getting locked up in the clink.
We took our Pre-Rumptial Agreement to the streets with models Katkin and Ross to see how people felt about a legally-binding bum-pinch contract.
London trader Oliver Williamson, said: “I think Sue Turton’s reaction was over the top.”
The 21-year-old added: “Obviously no one should be allowed to just pinch anyone’s bum but The Sun’s Pre-Rumptial will clear up a lot of confusion.”
Money grabber ... the televised pinch has
sparked a national debate
Students Emily Williams and Davy Lee, both 16 and from Chelmsford, said: “We enjoyed pinching Ross’s bum.
“It’s a lot easier for a woman to get away with pinching a man’s bum than a man to pinch a woman’s.
It’s just a bit of fun most of the time.”
Andy Winnery, 24, said: “I don’t see these contracts catching on but I’m more than happy to sign one.”
The personal trainer from Kent added: “It’s a sad day when people can’t get their head round a bit of fun.
“Well done to The Sun for doing this. However, I don’t think it’s right for people just to go around pinching people’s bums.”
Libora Kalvarova, 24, from the Czech Republic, agreed with Andy. She said: “It’s very funny, good on The Sun. I didn’t see the news reporter who got her bum pinched but it sounds to me she shouldn’t get so upset.
“These things are just a bit of fun most of the time.”
Air-conditioning engineer Paul Jackson, 30, also thought it was a laugh.
But he said: “I can see why women take offence to having their bums pinched.”
Paul, from Sussex, said: “The other way round is much better though. I enjoyed your model getting a handful of my rump.”
Massimo Sassu, 18, said: “I love it, it’s great you’ve come up with a contract. Hopefully it will stop us boys getting into any more trouble.”
The restaurant worker from London said: “I don’t go around pinching girls bums but I know some lads who’ve been given a slap for it before. I think everyone should carry around a Sun Pre-Rumptial Agreement.”
Donna Terry, a 38-year-old secretary from London, said: “Men going around pinching women’s bottoms isn’t right . . . unless they’re good looking lads of course! I think it’s a good idea to be sure in these situations.”
HERE our own Bumpole Of The Bailey gives us the legal view on the perils of bottom-pinching.
Q: Is it OK to touch my wife’s bottom?
A: Technically, no. Any pinching of the bottom can be seen in law as common assault but in a marriage it may be seen as an acceptable part of a sexual act.
Q: I sometimes jokingly pinch my colleague’s bottom and he is the same sex as me. Is this OK?
A: Pinching any bottom can get you in trouble. You may think they can take a joke but people can suddenly take things very seriously. I would avoid the temptation of a playful pinch and tell a good joke instead.
Q: Is it EVER alright to pinch a colleague’s bottom?
A: It can be. Say for example he or she is a up a ladder changing a light bulb and they fall from the top. You save them by putting your hands up and supporting their bottom. You’d get away with this.
Q: What about any other parts of the body?
A: You can probably put your hands on their shoulders in a friendly way but if you stray near the bottom or other sexual areas you can be in trouble. Keep it to a clap on the shoulders.
Q: What if it’s more of a cheeky cup of the hand instead of a pinch?
A: It can then be sexual assault instead of just assault. Don’t think you are on safe ground if it’s a playful pat instead of a pinch.
Q: What can happen to me if someone takes offence to my bum-pinching?
A: It can range from a slap in the face to suspension from work or being sacked. On a criminal level, you can be prosecuted and face a fine or even imprisonment if the pinch is particularly violent.