August 14, 1967 – Mendocino Laundromat was the scene of a strange “happening,” according to the Mendocino Beacon, under the headline, “Tiny Towel Tax Amounts To $56.”
A young man undressed, “apparently deciding he’d enjoy clean clothes, and sprawled on the front stoop of the laundromat while waiting, covered, or barely covered, by a small towel in his lap. Outraged owner of the business, Betty Dostal, immediately signed a complaint for a warrant to be issued for his arrest. He had already disappeared, with his tiny towel.”
Sheriff’s deputies arrested the suspect in Comptche two days later and charged him with indecent exposure. “He posted cash bail in the amount of $220, in Big River Justice Court.” The next day, he entered a plea of guilty and was fined $56 by Judge Ray Ware, acting for Judge Basil Heathcote.
Today! Two events in one day! Sunday, August 14. The “Stump to Ship” walking tour to learn about Mendocino’s logging history at 11 am. At 3:30 pm, Katy Tahja leads a “Sunday Afternoon with the Illustrators” discussion about cartoonists of the 70’s and 80’s on the coast. Call 707-937-5791 for more info.