Posted: Sep 23, 2009
A Fort Worth man probably won't be standing outside with his weed whacker and nothing else again.
A Fort Worth deputy city marshal on bike patrol near Lake Worth spotted the man wearing nothing but shoes doing yard work, according to a report that first appeared in the Star-Telegram.
Fort Worth police tell NBCDFW that when the 71-year-old man saw the female deputy coming toward him he dropped the trimmer and ran into the house in the 9800 block of Watercress Drive.
The man came back outside in shorts, that were unzipped, and told the deputy he'd done yard work in the buff before and thought his yard was private enough that no one could see him.
The deputy pointed out that the problem was some privacy slats were missing from his chain-link fence and he lives across the street from a park and along a busy road.
Police tell NBCDFW that the deputy checked to make sure the man wasn't a sex offender and then promptly issued him a Class C misdemeanor citation for disorderly conduct under the Texas penal code 4201 A-10 for exposing "his anus or genitals in a public place and (being) reckless about whether another may be present who will be offended or alarmed by his act."
"(It's) probably a good idea to wear clothes when you're out there working in your yard," said Jesse Hernandez with the Fort Worth City Marshal Division.
A neighbor who would only identify himself as Charles laughed when he heard what happened and said, " that's getting pretty weird."
Charles added that he would never do yard work in the nude, "unless it's way out in the boondocks."
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