You can leave your hat on – just please not only on your head.
A Kāpiti Coast woman has called for better beach etiquette after a dog walk turned into an encounter with a sunbather wearing nothing but a beanie.
Her concerns, stirring debate on local social media, is part of a historic issue on the Coast, which over the years has occasionally seen families pushed cheek-and-jowl with naturists.
The district’s bylaws seem to leave the question of offensiveness in the eyes of the beholder.
Stella Schouten said it was about 2pm on Tuesday when she took her dogs for a walk on the beach at Queen Elizabeth Park, Raumati South.
“There was a man coming toward me who was quite large, and he just had a towel around his waist, and something just told me – ‘hmmm, I just wonder if he’s naked under that towel’.”
When she returned she came across the same man again, this time coming out of the water, then reclining on the beach under a driftwood structure.
“I’m going ‘is he naked?’. He had a beanie over his head and he was peeking out, seeing whether I was looking, and I’m going ‘surely he’s got speedos on … and oh my God he doesn’t have anything on’.”
The man could have used his beanie to “put it over his private parts while I walked past”, she said.
Original publication 12 February, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 17th March 2020
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