Alleged Wreck Beach boozy freezie vendor claims she was singled out for not being naked enough
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A woman charged with selling boozy freezies on Wreck Beach last summer alleges "angry nudists" singled her out to police because she refused to abide by their all-nude dress code, in an exclusive interview with Metro.
Alana Thomson, 31, is facing 12 charges of allegedly selling homemade freezies spiked with alcohol. She has not yet entered a plea in court, but says she recognizes the gravity of the charges. If convicted, she could face jail time.
Like many women on the clothing-optional beach, Thomson chooses to go topless there, but not bottomless. In her only interview since the charges were laid, she responded to comments Judy Williams of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society made to The Province, calling Thomson "obnoxious" and saying that she "didn't follow the dictates of the culture down there."
"There's a community on Wreck Beach that, they sit in one section and they require people in that section to be completely nude," Thomson told Metro on Wednesday.
"They put up signs, if people aren't nude they chase them away. There are people who have been there since the '70s and I believe, because of that, feel they are more entitled to the beach than everyone else.
"They dislike me because I'm not completely nude. I'm a 31-year-old female who is not prepared to drop everything, especially because someone else tells me to. Those are the people that are volunteering negative quotes about me."
RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger said Thomson is certainly not the first person to be stopped for selling alcohol at the popular summer hangout.
Why Thomson was charged criminally but not Madokoro, Grainger couldn't say.
"It was not the same circumstances," he said. "I can't (say more) only because it's before the courts."
Thomson claims that after one vendor was caught selling liquor freezies on the beach last summer, she overheard one of the naturalists say "well, he should just tell them he works for Alana." She claims a friend of hers later told her she overheard that vendor "telling the police specifically that he works for me."
Thomson's apartment was raided on Aug. 19, after her landlord called police to report he suspected she was making freezies and selling them at Wreck Beach.
When Metro phoned her former landlord, Donald Shumka, to ask about Thomson, he said "I really have nothing to say," and then hung up.
Thomson's next court date is set for Feb. 18.