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Debate Over Privacy

By: Amanda Lutz
By: Amanda Lutz

As long as it's within the law, what people choose to do on their property is their business. For one woman, what she does in her backyard is attracting some uninvited eyes.

On a sunny day, Linda Tobar likes to sunbathe nude in her backyard. For years, the fence around her house prevented people from seeing her. That was before People's State Bank began re-building its Stewart Avenue office.

"Then the bank moved next door. They promised that we'd have a fence put up," Linda says. "They would put a fence up, [and] that I would have full privacy."

But the fence has wide spaces between the boards. Linda says if she can see through the boards, people using the drive-thru can certainly see her. Police say as long as no one complains it's not illegal.

"The construction of the bank and the way that it sits now may have more of a role in allowing that visibility at that point," says Lt. Mark Pankow of the Wausau Police Department.

Linda says she doesn't want the bank's customers seeing her naked in her yard. But because she is on her property, she'll continue to sunbathe nude.

"This is not going to stop me from sunbathing nude," she says.

A representative from People's State Bank would not talk on camera, but did say that the fence along the property line is in compliance with city building codes. Linda says she and her boyfriend will continue to work with the bank so they can make sure their privacy is maintained and the customers aren't offended.


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