Patricia McCollum: 400-pound woman arrested, charged with exposing herself on bus bench

A 400-pound woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after being found by police sitting in the buff on a bus bench in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

Patricia McCollum, 52, was charged with exposure of sexual organs in public and was initially being held on a $100 bond. McCollum has a long record list of petty offenses, according to court documents.

McCollum, currently homeless, was found nude on a bus bench at 3900 N. Ocean Blvd and claims she was just trying to change her clothes, according to the arrest report filed in the case.

"That's why I was changing my clothes on the bus bench. I don't have anywhere else to stay but bus benches," McCollum said during a first appearance court hearing Thursday.

McCollum, who was using a walker to stand, currently collects Social Security disability checks, according to her statements in court.

According to police, McCollum has been observed and warned by several officers in the past about similar behavior.


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