Jul 19, 2012 - Kelley Barber, Hunstville, TexasEditor:
In February I was on a three-week ski vacation to Wyoming. I stayed in Worland, Laramie, Cody, Jackson and Casper, and I planned to drive through Riverton several times.
On Sunday, Feb. 12, I had left Worland on my way to Laramie when I stopped at about 11:30 a.m. for lunch. I had just finished my appetizer when a man wearing a yellow raincoat with two children, a blond boy about 8, and a pretty red-haired girl with glasses about 12, were seated directly in front of me.
The man took off his raincoat, and I nearly vomited. His blue jeans were literally halfway down his butt. I felt like I was being mooned. I complained about this, but my waitress was, frankly, amused by my discomfort.
I moved to another section of the restaurant, but I sure didn't enjoy my meal.
The hostess was very sweet and helpful and directed me to the manager. I will never forget what she told me: "This happens here all the time. There's nothing we can do about it."
Well, there was most definitely something I could do about it. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, while I was driving from Laramie to Cody, I had a late breakfast and drove through Riverton without stopping. On Sunday, Feb. 19, while driving from Cody to Jackson, I had breakfast in Thermopolis and drove through Riverton without stopping.
I originally had planned on driving through Riverton a fourth time going from Jackson to Cheyenne, but I decided to go via Pinedale and had lunch in Rock Springs instead.
I talked to the chief of police of the Natrona County International Airport as well as a sergeant in the Wyoming Highway Patrol about this. Technically speaking, because he was not exposing his genitalia, that man was not breaking any laws. But he was still gross and just plain stupid. And he should be ashamed to be walking around in public like that with children.
When the manager of the restaurant told me "this happens all the time," I hope she was talking about only her restaurant and not the entire town.
I did not ever want to see that man's butt again, so I made a point of stopping and driving straight through Riverton.
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