While speaking to the officers, the man made a reference to Adam and Eve from the Bible and claimed he was ready to go to jail for it.
When Spartanburg sheriff's deputies were out patrolling late one night, they spotted an unusual sight of a man strolling down New Cut Road in South Carolina wearing no clothes at around 1:10 a.m. As the officers pulled over to the side, they realized the man had "just a clear bag over his genitals" and a "blunt in his hand" as he made his way down the street in Spartanburg.
After striking a conversation with the man, the officers understood that he was walking around naked as a way of atoning for cheating on his wife, according to New York Daily News.
Identified as Michael Boatman, 41, the man said he was doing "the walk of shame." Despite officers ordering him to stop, he continued walking whilst claiming it was "for his wife," and he couldn't stop without completing it.
Michael also admitted to the officers that prior to his walk he had consumed meth. He also claimed that he was willing to go to jail as long as he could complete his "walk of shame."
"The male was trying to walk away from deputies. I positioned myself in front of the naked man, later identified as Michael Boatman," said Deputy Baldwin in a statement published on The Smoking Gun. "Michael stated that he cheated on his wife and he was doing a walk of shame. Michael referenced Adam and Eve from the Bible, stating that he was willing to go to jail for his acts. I observed Michael to be clinching something in his hand. When I asked him about it, he stated that it was a marijuana blunt and threw it down. Michael stated that he had consumed meth prior to his walk of shame."
During the exchange with the officers, Michael tried escaping on foot, but the officers managed to grab and restrain him. As he was being put inside the patrol vehicle, Michael reportedly asked the officers to shoot him because "he did not have tomorrow," as quoted by the Daily Mail.
It was soon found that the man already had a criminal history with three convictions of domestic violence linked to his name. After his "walk of shame," he was charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, and resisting police.
A similar incident was reported a few years back after a man was seen strolling down a lane with no clothes on, except for a pair of odd socks on his feet, and a bit of torn newspaper to hide his privates reports The Reading Chronicle. Captured in broad daylight, the naked man was seen strolling in Reading, Berkshire by two delivery men, Tony Marsh and Chris Moorby.
"I thought I'd seen everything doing this job but I can honestly say I've never seen a fully naked grown man walking through a business park at one in the afternoon," said Tony about the 2015 incident.
Nearly crashing his van as he saw the man, Tony added, "he was just walking briskly and gave us a bit of a grin when we started shouting at him... I reckon he's been at a work party and they've played a trick on him and it's just gone too far."
Cover image source: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office