Women, headed to Rams game? You'll have to leave your purse behind
15 hours ago • By Tara Kulash email@example.com
Attention female Rams fans: All that stuff you carry in your purse? Leave it home or carry it in a see-through bag.
The NFL announced a bag policy Thursday that has football fans, especially women, tweeting, commenting and just generally disapproving.
For public safety reasons, bags larger than a hand-sized clutch must be clear this season. This means purses, coolers, backpacks, ***** packs, camera bags and more are not allowed. Some exceptions will be made for necessary medical items.
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags are allowed, but fans have complained the policy invades their privacy, such as if a female attendant brings in tampons or sanitary napkins.
St. Louis residents reacted.
Sam Townzen said she thinks this will hurt an already suffering Rams fan base.
“The more barriers to going and enjoying games that they put up, the more negativity (added) to our already fairly negative football fan base,” she said.
Brooke James said she finds the policy offensive and insensitive.
“It almost increases fear in an environment where we shouldn’t be afraid,” she said.
James also said she doesn’t see why a security guard could not instead just take an extra 30 seconds to search her bag before entry. She mentioned that diaper bags probably wouldn’t be allowed, which would make it harder to bring children to the Edward Jones Dome.
Colleen Milford said she thinks the policy might cause more vehicle break-ins because women will leave their purses and belongings in their cars.
One man, Brian Waterman, said he supports safety precautions, but he thinks the policy infringes on privacy.
Another man, Dan Rademeyer, said he can sympathize with women not being able to bring their purses, but he agrees with the policy.
“I am so concerned about the nutcases running around that I think we ought to take precautions in any event that gathers people together,” he said.