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Want to Take a Naked Stroll Legally? Go to Vermont

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It was a hot, humid Monday afternoon in Montpelier, Vermont -- too hot for clothes for one young woman. So she stripped down to her birthday suit and headed outside -- and there was nothing police could do to stop her.

Officers received a flurry of calls, and a few lucky officers responded. They spoke with the 18-year-old woman, who simply said it was a hot day, and she was just taking a walk. And they had to let her continue her naked stroll because she wasn't breaking any laws.

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"As long as they're not exhibiting any kind of overt gestures or communicating any kind of lewd act, then they're within their rights — if we'll use that word — to do that," said Sgt. Neil Martel of the Montpelier Police Department.

Officers "observed" the woman -- I'm not sure for how long -- but she stayed within the law.

"We watched her and there wasn't anything going on that would have violated the ordinance," he said.

The woman was accompanied by a man -- who thankfully was fully clothed -- as they made their way around downtown.

One quirk in Montpelier's law -- you can be naked outside, but you can't actually take your clothes off while on the street. So no spur-of-the-moment nudity, everybody -- you have to plan your bare expedition ahead of time.