Stop wearing bunny suit, police tell Idaho man

SALMON, Idaho Wed Aug 3, 2011 10:46am EDT

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SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Police in Idaho Falls have told a man to stop wearing a bunny suit in public after people complained he has been frightening children.

Residents in the northwestern city of 54,000 people also reported William Falkingham, 34, occasionally wears a tutu with the bunny suit, police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Police warned Falkingham after a woman said she saw him dressed in the costume, peeking at her young son from behind a tree and pointing his finger like a gun.

While a police report said other residents were "greatly disturbed" by his activities, one neighbor defended Falkingham as eccentric but otherwise harmless.

"He's got the bunny outfit, a cowboy suit and a ballerina dress but you don't see him except where he's tripping through his backyard," Deborah Colson told Reuters. "He's got a strange lifestyle at home but we all do weird things at home."

Falkingham told officers he "enjoys wearing the suit" but understands the concerns and that he could be cited as a public nuisance, police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; Editing by John O'Callaghan)

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Comments (5)
starleaf wrote:
People should have a right to do as they pleas in their homes. As well as in their yards. Parents with small children need to know where the loons are and teach their children about them. I think it’s a good life lesson. At least this one is in good view.

Aug 03, 2011 5:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dgss36a wrote:
We need to put a stop to these people acting strange. Then we can get after they weird thinkinig ones too. The guy in that bunny suit would be shot and over a spit in my neighborhood.

Aug 04, 2011 6:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ddad wrote:
Great, police state here we come. no more sanctity of your own home.

Aug 04, 2011 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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