Hookups are one of the great joys of gay life. But tread carefully: There is the occasional downside to dropping trou without thinking it through first, and in this case the result was no laughing matter. Well, maybe a chuckle or five.
When they arrived at the scene, it didn’t take long for them to spot the naked man camped out near the famed New Union Hotel. When police approached him, he explained that his clothes had been “stolen” by another man who he met at a nearby gay bar.
According to him, he followed the man, who he described as white, between 20 to 25 years old, and wearing a black tracksuit, down to a secluded area near the water, where he eagerly removed all his clothes, including his underpants, as well as his wallet, phone and keys.
And that’s when he suddenly found himself the victim of a hookup-turned-clothing-robbery.
Because when the man had his back turned, the offender snatched up all his belongings and ran off towards Whitworth Street, disappearing into the crowd.
Police took pity on the naked man and no charges were filed. Inspector Phil Spurgeon told the Manchester Evening News that this should be used as a cautionary tale.
“It’s a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and thinking about putting yourself in an obviously vulnerable position,” he said.