Milwaukee bra ban

Posted at 11:28 PM, May 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-18 23:27:02-04


Milwaukee (CNN) – A collection of bras is going back up at a Milwaukee bar.

A city inspector had ordered the undergarments taken down from the ceiling, citing a fire hazard.

The holler house is a kind of museum of Milwaukee’s south side heritage.

“We ladies all had enough to drink and started taking our bras off.  It was 45 years ago” says Marcy Skowronski.

For all the years since, bras have hung from the ceiling of Marcy’s bar, a strange tradition that has endured and endeared this place to generations of partiers.

“But as they say every party needs a pooper.  And in this case the party pooper was a city inspector who saw all those hanging bras as a fire hazard and ordered them taken down,  why this year? I have no idea. Either she had a bad day or she didn’t like me.”

So Marcy called her alderman, Bob Donovan, who then turned to us.

“This just doesn’t sound right.  Where’s the common sense?” says Donovan.

And no sooner did we start asking why the city wants to ban these bras, common sense materialized.

Donovan said “The pressure you guys may have put on, I want to thank you guys.  The media has a role to play in this society.”

The city overturned the inspector’s order, which means Marcy is now planning a party to re-bra the place.

A process fueled by a lot of tradition and no small amount of alcohol.

“And the girls say do you realize how much I paid for this bra? And after a couple of drinks, its hanging.”