A man spotted out for a lunchtime stroll wearing nothing but a baseball cap caused something of a stir in Brisbane’s CBD on Wednesday afternoon.
The man who was seen walking on Elizabeth and Edward Streets towards Eagle St Pier around 1.30pm appeared completely casual in demeanour despite his lack of clothing and, according to one witness, made no attempt to cover his private parts during his stroll.
Witness Ryan Lane told Yahoo News Australia the man was “casual as f**k” as he strolled past the Victory Hotel on Edward St, where he snapped a photo of him from behind.
“[He] strutted like a bloody legend!” Mr Lane said. “It was hilarious”.
While some passers-by were reduced to shocked giggles by the sight of the naked man, the streaker himself seemed completely nonplussed.
A Queensland Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia they had received no reports of a streaker in the Brisbane CBD during the time period specified.
The spokesperson added that the unidentified person could potentially be charged with a “number of offences” against Queensland laws, including public nuisance, but it ultimately rested on the person’s demeanour.
Section nine of the Queensland Summary Offences Act states that a person in a public place “must not wilfully expose his or her genitals, unless the person has a reasonable excuse”. The maximum penalty for wilful exposure in Queensland is a $260 fine. However, if the offence involves circumstances of aggravation the penalty is a $5,222 fine or even jail time of up to a year.
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