San Juan Capistrano banned flip flops at parks, but city officials had no idea the ban was in place or how it came to be.
It's a strange rule, no flip flops allowed at parks. What's stranger than the ban is the fact city officials didn't know it existed.
But the City of San Juan Capistrano in fact banned the shoes at Los Rios Park and at Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park.
"It's ridiculous they don't have anything better to do than ban flip flops I mean how much time did they spend in committee coming up with that?" said Lori Henderson.
"did you know you were violating the rules? Wearing flip flops?" One mother jokingly asked her toddler.
But kids, moms and everyone else we talked to, had no idea about the playground rule.
"They usually wear that because the wood chips get stuck in your shoe and they poke you," Anne Rivera says she specifically has her kids wear flip flops when visiting this park.
The hard and fast rule is posted on signs at both parks. But it's actually uh actually not so hard and fast, because the city isn't enforcing it at all.
In a statement to fox 11 a spokesperson for San Juan Capistrano said "the flip flop issue should have been more of a safety recommendation than a rule. It was a safety recommendation from the playground company…"
"I think its really my choice what my kids should wear at a park like this I don't hold the city responsible for if the do get injured," said Lisa Wise.
The city wasn't trying to legislate against flip flops, in fact few people within the city even know themselves that the rule existed. The rule came from a recommendation from the playground builders and the parks department put it into place.
The spokesperson for the city says city council will discuss the rule with city attorney to try to get it changed from a rule to a recommendation, which may be a moot point because the city isn't enforcing it and people know nothing about it.