By Maria Hechanova, Reporter
Although he’s “embarrassed” and “regretful,” Adam Stalmach, the 24-year-old Goodyear man arrested for streaking on the 17th green at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, also told Arizona’s Family, “it was worth it” because he made people laugh.
Stalmach was arrested after the incident on Wednesday, Jan. 31. He spent five days in jail and now faces $1,500 in fines. He was released early Monday morning.
“It sucked. Jail is not fun. It’s not a good idea,” Stalmach described.
People wanted to know what exactly was going through Stalmach’s mind when he took off his clothes and ran across the green so Arizona’s Family decided to find out.
“Me and my buddy were talking about somebody streaking throughout the day and we figured, if you want something done right, do it yourself,” said Stalmach. “As long as somebody laughed and got a kick out of it, that’s why I did it.”
Stalmach explained that he drank at least eight drinks in an hour, a combination of beer and wine. That was before he stripped down to his now grass-stained socks, and ran across the golf course, putting himself on full display in front of thousands of people.
“The alcohol helped. I definitely wouldn’t have done it if I was sober,” he said.
Stalmach pleaded guilty to indecent exposure.
As for those fines, Stalmach just lost his job as a bartender at a Valley restaurant so he set up a GoFundMe account in the hope that people will help him pay for his mistake. By 9:30 p.m. Monday, it appeared he raised $254 and the campaign is “no longer active.” Another GoFundMe was then posted.
“My last words before running out were, ‘I just wanna give the crowd something to cheer about.’ This fund will go towards all fines I have to pay,” he wrote on the page, which he signed “Waste Management Streaker.”
So can we expect a repeat performance from Stalmach?
“I definitely wouldn’t do it again,” he said. “I do want to apologize to anyone I did offend.”
However, he does like making videos and aspires to be the next social media star.