Toodyay Nude Run: Facebook joke has run its course says ‘event’ creator, amid worries from police

Toodyay Nude Run: Facebook joke has run its course says ‘event’ creator, amid worries from police

A FAKE Facebook event set up in support of Ben Jenkins, the first streaker at Perth’s newly opened Optus Stadium, has been pulled down after concerns that Toodyay Police would be unable to cope with an influx of supporters who took the event seriously.

Several hundred people had confirmed they would be attending the Toodyay nude run at the Toodyay Showgrounds Oval on Saturday.

The event was organised by local resident Mat Ker in response to a letter (above) sent to Mr Jenkins’ family telling them their son had brought great shame and disgrace to the community and called on them to leave town.

Mr Ker said he created the fake event for a laugh, but the joke had run its course.

“I saw my mate had shared that letter on Facebook and thought how silly it all was and thought it would be a laugh if I created a fake event and shared it with a few friends,” he said.

“I didn’t actually intend for it to be a real event but before I knew it, it had gone viral.

“Toodyay Police gave me a call this morning and after a very friendly chat I decided that the joke has ran its course.

“I wasn’t told to delete it or that the event isn’t allowed to go ahead, but the officer was concerned that many people may take it seriously.

“Toodyay only has a very small police force and wouldn’t be able to deal with the possibility of a large number of people flooding into the town.

“So out of respect for a small, underfunded police station I decided to pull the pin.”

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