ORLANDO, Fla. - Adding that seventh earring before going to work for the county could get you into piercing trouble.

Administrators have decided that three earrings per earlobe is the maximum amount of "facial jewelry" employees will be allowed to wear in Orange County offices, and that all other facial piercing will be forbidden.

Loops through eyebrows, nose rings and studs through tongues will have no future place for county employees.

"They can't even speak well when they have their tongues pierced," said Commissioner Mary I. Johnson, 70.

Even the earring policy comes with a caveat: none of the three rings are to be worn on the top half of the ear, according to the county's "Dress Code and Appearance Policy."

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