A new school under construction in Scotland is getting an unplanned design change after a nearby neighbor came forward to tell planners that he’s a nudist.

According to Metro, 74-year-old Antoni Bogulak lives in Angus, Scotland, right next to the site of a new school. He was not happy when he found out the school would be built right near his house, but there wasn’t anything he could do about it. When he realized some of the school’s windows would look out over his garden, however, he got concerned. Mr. Bogulak is a nudist, and he greatly enjoys sunbathing naked.

So Mr. Bogulak went to a committee meeting and told planners about the problem.

That must have been an interesting meeting. You’re sitting there discussing stairwells and fire extinguishers, and a 74-year-old man comes in and says he likes to sunbathe in the nude and is worried the schoolchildren will be able to see him.

“I have been a naturist for 40 years and if this one window is in the line of sight of my garden then it will affect my ability to occasionally sunbathe in the buff,” he said.

The council said OK

After realizing that only one window in a school stairwell would give a view of Mr. Bogulak’s garden, the committee unanimously voted to switch the clear glass for frosted glass.

Now Bogulak can keep up the nude sunbathing, and nobody has to worry about the kids seeing him.

This is an oddly surprising story, because everybody involved is behaving in a completely rational fashion. There were no threats, no fighting, no name-calling, and nobody flashing penises at the school. Mr. Bogulak even said that he’d stop his naked sunbathing–which he greatly enjoys–if there hadn’t been a way to keep him from being visible from the school. But because he likes it so much, he decided to see if there was anything that could be done.

“I have no need to cause offence so I would have no option but to stop being a naturist,” he said. “It’s something I enjoy. If I can lie in the sun for an hour with no clothes on, it’s better than lying in a tight swimming costume.”

The town council was pretty cool, too. They were just like, “Yeah, sure. You can keep sunbathing nude in your own garden all you want. We’ll just replace a couple windows for privacy.”

It’s a funny story and the local kids will undoubtedly be snickering about it whenever they pass that frosted window, but they handled it like grown-ups and now everybody is happy.

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