Hop off: Man banned from wearing bunny costume after scaring kids
Police in Idaho have reportedly ordered a 34-year-old man to stop wearing his favourite bunny costume in public, as it has frightened neighbouring children.
After responding to a complaint that the accused, William Falkingham, was peeking at a woman’s son while wearing his plush outfit, a police report found that many had “expressed that they were greatly disturbed by Falkingham and his bunny suit”.
"He's got the bunny outfit, a cowboy suit and a ballerina dress but you don't see him except where he's tripping through his backyard," said Deborah Colson, who appeared to defend her hopping mad neighbour.
"He's never done anything wrong but wear his little suits in the background," she added.
"He's got a strange lifestyle at home but we all do weird things at home. It makes me so sad: people don't even do anything and they get laughed at."
However, it has transpired that Mr Falkingham may have a legitimate complaint to make under the US’ First Amendment freedom of expression.
"On its face, he may have a constitutional claim under freedom of expression," said Monica Hopkins, executive director for the Boise chapter of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).
"We have not been contacted by the individual and as of right now," she said, "we have no plans to get involved."