Vt. Town Sheds Inhibitions, Puts Them Back On

Fine instated after repeated nude incidents
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 5:45 PM CDT
Vt. Town Sheds Inhibitions, Puts Them Back On
An outbreak of public nudity prompted a Vt. town to punish birthday suits with a fine.   (Shutterstock)

Whether shopping, bicycling, hula-hooping, or demonstrating for PETA, people in Brattleboro, Vt., have witnessed a rash of nakedness, the Wall Street Journal reports. Public nudity is generally legal in Vermont, but a spontaneous act of nakedness by three 20-year-olds two summers ago sparked a trend that made many residents uncomfortable and prompted passage of a ban.

After reports of bare buns—not the pastry kind—at Dunkin' Donuts and art shopping in the altogether, a rumor that a topless juice bar was in the works proved the last straw. Being naked in public now carries a $25 fine, and the chair of the town legislature says he’s ready to raise it if everyone's clothes don’t stay on: "People in Brattleboro don't want to hear about nudity anymore." (More nudity stories.)

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