Texas sheriff says his 'hugging days' are over
A sheriff in Texas has decided that he will no longer hug any of his colleagues due to the recent sexual assault and harassment allegations targeting Hollywood producers and politicians.
Jim Kaelin, the sheriff of Nueces County Sheriff's Office, said he will only offer handshakes and knuckle bumps because "you just don't know when this hug might come back and bite you."
"My hugging days (outside family and or close friends) are over. The workplace, for one, can become hostile if an employee 'feels' threatened by your hugs," Kalin wrote in a Facebook post. "SO IT'S OVER."
"It might offend you that I will no longer participate in hugging you, but I have decided to discontinue receiving/giving hugs from anyone outside of my family and close friends," he added. "I hope you understand. Thanks ... I'm from the old school but the time has come for me ... No more hugs."
Many people commented on Kaelin's post sympathizing with him saying they understood why he made his decision.
The Facebook post comes after a flood of sexual assault and harassment claims against public figures, including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and the recently fired "Today" show host Matt Lauer.