Cleavage complaints!

Oct 2, 2007 3:08 AM

In Las Vegas, female cleavage is a natural part of the casino-scape, what with the sparsely-clad cocktail servers, V-necked hostesses and moon-faced tourists anxious to show off their latest silicone enhancements.

But halfway round the world, casino operators have a different view of the female form.

In New Zealand, a British tourist was barred from a casino for upsetting fellow gamblers with her "offensive" breasts.

Thirty-three year old Helen Simpson was wearing a low-cut black evening dress when a woman staff member at the Christchurch Casino told her to cover up or leave.

"She said I was wearing too low a top, which people found offensive," Simpson said. "I was highly embarrassed — humiliated, absolutely humiliated. There were girls at the casino wearing short skirts that I think are nothing more than belts."

She has written to casino management saying she left feeling "humiliated, discriminated and highly embarrassed."

Casino chief executive Brett Anderson said he questioned Miss Simpson’s motives in contacting the media and he would respond to her personally.

"The person on duty at the time made a judgment call based on feedback," he said. "It’s not so much a matter of dress code than comments were received from people. I’m not going to discuss this through the media."

The Christchurch Casino’s dress code makes no mention of low-cut dresses being banned, although anyone wearing jeans would be.

It simply states on promotional material: "Smart, neat attire is required at all times."

Beware of those crumbling commodes

Back in the U.S.A., the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City has settled a dispute with a woman who claims she was injured by a toilet.

The woman, Jean Ciocci, claimed in a lawsuit that she was "thrown violently to the floor’’ when the toilet she was sitting on broke away from the wall in her hotel bathroom.

"I think the Trump casino behaved responsibly in terms of recognizing that the toilet wasn’t properly mounted and by offering a fair settlement in this case,’’ Ciocci’s Philadelphia attorney, Daniel J. Mann, told The Press of Atlantic City. Ciocci will reportedly receive about $1.2 million.

Ciocci had claimed that injuries from the fall at the Taj Mahal prevented her from avoiding more serious injuries during a second fall at a Pennsylvania social club in 2006. She claims the second fall left her permanently disabled.

Ciocci is 74 years old and weighs more than 300 pounds.

It sounds like the toilet might have had its own cause of action.