April 21, 2006

Of all occupations...

...this is probably the worst one to have if you dislike clothing: Carpenter who works naked is arrested

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A carpenter who keeps his clothes clean by working in the nude was arrested after a client returned home early and found him building bookcases in the buff.

Percy Honniball, 50, was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure this week for the October incident.

He told officers he stripped before crawling under the client's house to do electrical work because he didn't want to soil his clothes, police said.

Honniball said Thursday that working au naturel gave him a better range of motion and that a skilled craftsman can work clothing — and injury — free.

"In certain situations such as demolitions where you are smashing rock you want to be clothed and protected because this rock can harm you," he said.

True, but I kinda think you might would want some protection from flying splinters and whirling sawblades, too. But maybe that's just me.

Honniball was caught working naked in Berkeley three times in the last six years and put on probation for violating a city ordinance.

Honniball says he doesn't plan to do work in his birthday suit again.

Well, I'm sure this is one of those things people just don't plan. I'm sure it's purely one of those unpredictable moods that hits you as you're swinging your hammer. So to speak.

Police said he apologized to the startled homeowner, but was fired. The homeowner paid Honniball for the finished work, but deducted $200.

"He kept out that amount to change his locks," Oakland Police Officer Jesse Grant said.

Let's just hope Honniball doesn't know any nekkid locksmiths.

(And for what it's worth, I think "Honniball" is probably not the best name if you're going to be in the news with a story like this.)

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 21, 2006 02:07 PM

Goodness, paranoid homeowner, eh?

Posted by: Joseph A Nagy Jr at April 22, 2006 06:19 AM

Heh--well, paranoid or prudent, I think I would have changed the locks, too. Although, you do have to wonder if this guy is like other contractors and would have disappeared halfway through the job anyway.

::ducks hammer thrown by irate contractor::

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 22, 2006 07:48 PM

This is not out of character for that end of the world. Mrs. Skinny is a graduate of that fine revolutionary institution, the People's Revolutionary Edifice Against Totalitarian Western Oppression and Patriarchy - Berkeley, and she pointed out that in her school days there was "The Naked Guy." Who read the school charter, determined there was nothing against going to school there in his birthday suit, and went sans couture.

They eventually changed the rule. Perhaps he went into carpentry?

Posted by: skinnydan at April 23, 2006 02:59 PM

I didn't realize Berkeley even had a vo-tech program!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 23, 2006 08:01 PM