On October 20, 2014, agents with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) marched into Kansas City’s underwear store, Honig’s Birdies Panties shop. Peregrine Honig, the shop’s owner, asked one of the unwelcome visitors what size he was looking for. In response, he surprised Ms. Honig by flashing his badge and escorting her outside.
Apparently, the DHS was deeply perturbed by the Lucky Royals boyshorts that were set to go on sale Tuesday. The owner of Birdies Panties designed the undies to help celebrate the hometown team. The panties featured a hand-drawn design, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” printed across the bottom. Homeland Security officials said that by connecting the “K” and the “C” in her design, Ms. Honig allegedly infringed on major league baseball copyright.
DHS agents proceeded to confiscate the few dozen pairs of underwear, placing them into the evidence bag with the agency’s insignia. Ms. Honig was told to sign a statement, stating that Birdies Panties wouldn’t use the logo, as that would constitute a violation of copyright laws.