Rare act without alcohol
A 52-YEAR-OLD woman who walked down the main street of Airlie Beach wearing only her underwear on Friday, July 12, pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance offence at Monday’s sitting of the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court.
Shirley Wilson was seen walking down Shute Harbour Road at 11.10am by members of the public who reported her behaviour to police.
Police were told she was lying in the middle of the road and also walking in the way of pedestrians on the footpath.
On arriving in Airlie Beach, police found the underwear-clad Wilson on the outside deck of the Down Under Bar.
The former Victorian resident then headed down the main street saying Queensland was an upside-down state.
She apparently refused police requests to put her dress back on.
Wilson had no answer for magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist when he asked if she had changed her opinion about Queensland.
“It’s a bit bizarre behaviour isn’t it?” he said.
“It was spontaneous,” she replied.
Mr Stjernqvist also noted it was rare to encounter a public nuisance offence where no alcohol was involved.
Wilson was fined $330 but no conviction was recorded against her for the offence.