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Just Another Roadside Attraction

Jackie Hatter

Jackie Hatter

A Uniontown, Pa. woman was arrested on September 9, 2012, at around 8:30 a.m., for allegedly flagging down motorists at an intersection about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh and offering to perform a striptease for money. Reports don’t mention how far she got in her act before cops came and forcibly dragged the reportedly incoherent woman away, but they do say that, unable to post $2,500 bail, she remained in jail. Such a display might initially seem unusual, but roads, highways and intersections have long been favored by the sex trade as places to drum up business.

Police in South Auckland, New Zealand, found out that there was a new dimension to the art of solicitation, that was destroying poles for all kinds of street signs and street lights. It came to their attention in July 2012, when angry residents put out a pamphlet explaining that the 40 poles broken in the previous 18 months, which cost thousands in tax dollars to replace, had been broken by prostitutes who were using them for pole dances. According to Donna Lee, an elected member of the city council’s local board, “Prostitutes use these street sign poles as dancing poles. The poles are part of their soliciting equipment and they often snap them.”

Wendy Traskos, founder of the U.S. Pole Dancing Federation, asked Huffington Post, “What exactly do they make their signs out of anyway in New Zealand? Tissue paper?” Adding, “This sounds crazy and maybe the city needs to rethink what they make signs out of, if a 125-plus pound woman is going to destroy it by doing acrobatics on it.” However, Lee’s description of the prostitutes makes them sound a bit huskier that a mere 125 pounds. Lee says, “Some of the prostitutes are big, strong people.”

Ashley Horton

Ashley Horton

As vivid as this image may be, it pales in comparison to that of Ashley Horton, 35,  on Highway 484 in Ocala Fla. On May 27, 2012, the Alabama woman was arrested after she pulled her car over on the interstate, got out wearing only a pink shirt, exposed her sexual organs and began vigorously performing a sex act on herself, which lasted about a half hour before police arrived. Some drivers reportedly made illegal U-turns just to catch the show, others called 911. When police arrived Holton, far from being done, refused to stop, exposing herself to them. She kicked and bit one responder, and was soon arrested, facing charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and the exposure of sexual organs. She was held on a $16, 250 bond. Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor.

Joseph Glynn Farley

Joseph Glynn Farley

Lest we should think that women are the only ones making spectacles of themselves on the world’s roadways, let’s sum up with the case of Joseph Glynn Farley, 45, who was arrested on May 9, 2012, in Kemah, Texas, for riding his unicycle naked across a bridge in broad daylight, distracting motorists. He was arrested for indecent exposure, his bail set at $1500. Farley, who had been falling off the unicycle, was not drunk or high on anything. So what was his motive? According to police Farley said he did it because he just liked the way it felt to unicycle naked. Go figure.

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