A woman in Saratoga Springs, New York, went shopping in her birthday suit Tuesday. Barbara Lafleur was caught on security camera walking casually through the aisles in two shops. According to DA James Murphy, she said she was "expressing her freedom."
The Huffington Post reports that although temperatures were in the 60s in Saratoga Springs, upstate New York, 49-year-old Barbara Lafleur went shopping along Route 67 naked. Daily Mail reports that the 49-year-old woman could face 90 days in jail after she shocked staff and customers at two stores by walking through the aisles in the nude.
According to The Huffington Post, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III, said, "It was bizarre. It was a very bizarre case. We've never had anything like this happen."
Lafleur first stopped at Curtis Lumber. The surveillance cameras captured her walking casually through the store naked. Store manager Bob Eakin said Lafleur inquired from some employees what time it was.The Times Union reports she said to them "Have a good day," and walked out. Eakin told The Huffington Post, "No one wanted to say much to her. It's not a situation you want to be involved in."
Lafleur then visited Stewart's Shops. Times Union reports the clerk on duty said, "Excuse me, ma'am, did you know you have no clothes on?" Lafleur answered casually, "Oh yeah I'm totally fine with that."
According to Stewart's Shops spokesman Tom Mailey, the manager of the store was worried about her. Mailey said, "When something like that happens, I think your first concern is, is something wrong, so he chatted with her briefly and [then] asked her to leave."
Mailey, flustered by the encounter, said, "This [incident] was a first for us. I'm probably not in favor of it happening more, but it certainly has created some noise, that's for sure."
Daily Mail reports the police received a call after the woman was seen walking in the nude near Stewart's Shops.
The police picked her up and sent her for a mental evaluation. Murphy said: "A psychiatrist examined her and said she is perfectly fine, so that was a different kind of response than we had anticipated. She was not on any drugs or medications we are aware of."
According to Daily Mail, by the time police arrested her she had already put on clothes.
She told police that she was exercising her right to freedom of "self-expression." Times Union reports Murphy said in a statement, "While the defendant claimed she was merely expressing her freedom to be fully liberated by walking nude into Stewart's and Curtis Lumber, this alleged conduct is actually a crime under the penal law."
The Huffington Post reports Lafleur was released pending a future court appearance. According to Murphy, she was charged with "misdemeanor public lewdness." If she is convicted she faces a fine or a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail.
Daily Mail reports that according to her LinkedIn profile, she is a content product manager at Delmar Cengage Learning, where she helps "shepherd projects through the production process." She is also a licensed massage therapist and songwriter. The paper reports that her profile says her goal is "to enjoy life fully by maximizing my potential in all areas of interest and expertise."