The Stuff You Run Into On the Street - Naked Woman in Tourist District
Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 11:03 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Over the weekend my trusty steed (Jeep) threw her fan belt and yesterday Alvaro was fixing the problem. Leaving the office I reached for my ever-present camera bag and thought "do I really want to lug this thing..." I usually never go anywhere without my cameras but in this case I just grabbed the video camera on the outside chance I would run into something on the way home. The video camera is small enough to fit in my pocket, lightweight, and it can do both stills and video. Lo and behold, as I was walking down the middle of the hotel and tourist section of El Cangrejo (D Street) I saw a woman strolling down the street - naked from the waist-up - and apparently without a care in the world. (more)
Drug Addicts, Mental Patients: Every large city has it's percentage of drug addicts and people with suffering from various degrees of mental illness and other problems, and of course Panama City is no different. This woman seemed relatively harmless - she was not lashing out, screaming or yelling or otherwise acting in a violent manner. Naked from the waist up, she walked right past a cop on the corner who was chatting away to his girlfriend on the phone. "Aren't you going to stop her or arrest her or something?" I asked him. He told me no, the "people from the municipal government" would take responsibility for that kind of thing, and if he arrested her it would do no good anyway. In reality he acted like he didn't want to be bothered.
Tourists Snapping Photos: The woman walked down to and area near the front of a hotel where she decided it was time to squat down to take a dump. Meanwhile, word had spread and tourists started coming out of the hotel to take photos. I can see the captions now - "Here's a crazy naked lady taking a dump in front of our hotel in Panama..." Great. Wonderful international image. So, I headed back to the cop...
"You Can't Take My Picture" The cop was apparently more worried about anything that might make him look bad, personally, and he apparently could not give two bits about how this little micro-situation might reflect on the Republic of Panama. He was kinda shaken up by my aiming my camera in his direction and he actually said "I'm going to call the police..." Dude, that would be you. Whatever. I eventually walked down and found a couple of different cops in front of the Granada hotel who called it in on their radio. Maybe they managed to get some help (and a shirt) for the woman. And once again, my rule of "never go anywhere without a camera" paid off. Just another day in (the reality of) a Panamanian paradise. Video follows:
Copyright 2008 Text and Video by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.