That's disgraceful, it's horrific, and it's illegal. Call the cops immediately if you see this. "Exposing yourself" in public is a crime. It's called "Indecent Exposure."
The squeaky wheel does get the grease. Looking the other way won't solve the problem; calling the cops EVERY single time does. SPG is right; these people have zero respect for the neighborhood, the residents, the businesses OR the children....and I have no respect for them. I believe that we, the residents of Ballard, should have a zero tolerence policy about this sort of thing.
We pretty much all have cel phones to make that call. We also pretty much all have cel phones with cameras, do we not?
From the City's website:
Washington’s indecent exposure law makes it a misdemeanor to “make any open and obscene exposure of his or her person or the person of another knowing that such conduct is likely to cause reasonable affront or alarm.” In other words, there must be lewd or obscene behavior for an officer to take action. In order for the police to make an arrest, we must have witnesses currently in the public place where the nudity is occurring who must make a complaint. These witnesses must be willing to appear in court. Also in order to prosecute, the burden is on the government to prove that the offender was knowingly aware that their conduct created alarm and offense of others. There are, of course, incidents involving nudity in which the person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or is having severe mental problems and the police can take appropriate action.
Historically, it has been difficult in Seattle to prosecute cases of public nudity. The position of the police department is to take a report upon receiving a complaint, identify the individual involved, and forward the complaint to the City Attorney.
R. Gil Kerlikowske
Chief of Police