In further proof that our society will really make a hero out of the worst villains, the Internet has turned a Texas State student into a bit of a legend overnight. If you haven’t yet heard of Barbie Jeep girl, consider this your introduction.
Apparently Tara Monroe, a junior studying electrical engineering, got into a little trouble with the police recently. Her license was suspended when she refused a Breathalyzer (fun fact — you aren’t protected from consequences if the cops can’t test your breath for booze; you can lose it anyway), and she was convicted of DWI. Her dad took her car.
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So what’s a lazy college student to do? Shoulder that bag of books and get to walking? As if! Monroe apparently hit Craigslist and bought herself a little girl’s used Barbie Jeep. And an Internet legend was born…
A Texas State student is using a Barbie jeep to get around after getting a DWI 😂 pic.twitter.com/fvQZxY4MiW
— GratefulRaver (@GratefulRaver) September 3, 2015
Which raises the question: How hard up are we all for a laugh, America?
Monroe isn’t driving a Barbie Jeep around campus just for the fun of it. She’s doing so because she was convicted of driving drunk.
Every two minutes in America, a person is injured in a drunk driving incident. Every day, 28 people die as a result of a drunk driving incident. According to 2013 statistics, 10,076 people died in that year alone because of drunk driving incidents, while another 290,000 were injured.
Still laughing at the girl driving around in a Barbie Jeep because she lost her license in a DWI incident?
Think the families of those 10,076 people are laughing? How about the parents of the 200 kids killed in 2013 in an alcohol impairment-related crash?
Monroe has said this whole thing is the best way to get her 15 minutes of fame.
But after a DWI, the last thing you should be seeking is fame. The first? Forgiveness.