Thong Cape Scooter Man isn't breaking any laws, Madison cops say [IMAGES]
Sure, Thong Cape may not be easy on the eyes, but it's a free country after all.
Minneapolis has Scott Seekins. Madison has "Thong Cape Scooter Man." In sum, score another victory for the City of Lakes.
Thong Cape is a 56-year-old man who has become well known in Madison for riding his scooter around town wearing a thong, a cape (emblazoned with University of Wisconsin colors), something on his head... and nothing else. And he creeped the hell out of people by riding past John F. Kennedy Elementary School on May 16.
But in a news release, Madison police say Thong Cape, who hasn't been identified by name, didn't break any laws.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, a police sergeant swung by Thong Cape's home to have a brief talk with him after school officials called police about his ride-by.
"He said he exercised poor judgment by going by the school at that time of day, it was unintentional and he just happened to be traveling through the area," police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. "The sergeant told the school staff Thong Cape Scooter Man was free to ride on."
In other words, for better or worse, you can't criminalize bad taste.
If the image at the top isn't enough for you, here's another look at Thong Cape in all his glory:
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