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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug 19, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- An Australian woman putting in a few weeks' work as a giant pint of beer in Edinburgh was tossed out of several venues for the Fringe Festival.

Fringe organizers told The Scotsman that having a pint of beer, even a fake one, in family venues where alcohol is banned gives the wrong impression. But the City Council said there is no reason Jolene McKie and her colleague from the Caledonian Brewery promotional team cannot hand out literature at the festival.

"I was told by the stewards I needed a special license, as I was promoting alcohol in a dry area," McKie said. "I'm sure they wouldn't have said anything if I'd been dressed as a giant banana."

Marie Moser, a marketing manager, said that she thought the beer costume was in keeping with the Fringe atmosphere and that she and McKie were behaving responsibly and not having their photographs taken with children.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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