(photo @ menstruationresearch.org)
Port St. Lucie, Florida
On August 7, 2012, 18-year-old Victoria Fowler and and her boyfriend (who is also the father of her newborn child) found themselves in a budgetary predicament. Victoria was beginning to feel the cash flow squeeze that comes along with caring for a baby. It also didn't help matters that she was unemployed.
When Victoria went to her boyfriend to ask for some cash, he was more than happy to oblige...until he found out what it was for: A new tattoo. The boyfriend initially (and wisely) refused, to which Victoria responded by stating that she actually needed the money for tampons.
I know we talk a lot about stupid criminals on here (and this would seem to be a pretty run of the mill case), but what this woman did was actually a little bit brilliant.
I can tell you from my time as a teacher that I have absolutely no problem telling a kid that they can't go to the bathroom if it's not an appropriate time to do so (unless they have that look in their eyes that tells me the janitor will need to bring in the sawdust packages if I don't let them go). But if a girl comes up to me and begins to utter a sentence that includes words like "period," "tampon," or "menstrual," I won't even hesitate to approve their trip out of the classroom.
Leave! Leave this room immediately!
Victoria's trick worked. He immediately handed over the cash, but not before continuing to express his displeasure over her financial/life decisions. Victoria decided she had heard enough, so she slugged him in the chest, took the money, and left.
A tip of the hat goes to Will Greenlee of TCPalm.com for tracking down the incident's arrest affidavit. In it, the boyfriend's father (who witnessed the assault) claimed that when he informed Victoria of his intent to call the police, she stated that she "didn't care" because the police wouldn't do anything...but if they did arrest her, she would respond by killing her boyfriend/his son....
...so maybe the tampon thing was actually true, as well. Victoria Fowler was charged with misdemeanor battery and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail.
...where if she decides to stay/doesn't post bail, she
may be able to get tattoos and tampons for free.