Saturday, December 17, 2005


A woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for collecting $36,000 in
donations by fooling friends and colleagues into thinking she had cancer — going
so far as to shave her head, forge a doctor's certificate and tape a fake intravenous
port to her arm.

Rachel Allen pleaded guilty in October to four counts of felony theft by false pretenses.

Allen's friends and family gave her free housing, food and cash and even paid for
weekly massages to ease the pain of chemotherapy, said Lisa Poll, a deputy district

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I first came upon this article. To think that there are people living who would do such crazy things for money and attention. I've heard of people pretending to be sick to gain affection, but honestly... cancer? What I wonder about is the person who called Ms. Allen out on her fake disease. "Wait a minute... that isn't a real intravenous port..."

We would do well to remember that beside the obvious loonies like Tookie, the Reverend, Johnny Depp and the like, there are plenty of run-of-the-mill weirdos among us.

What a crazy world.


Blogger Fu2rman said...

That's some bad Karma right there.

My mom always used to say, 'don't pretend to be sick, or you'll get sick'.

The fitting end would be for her to really get cancer, and then nobody believes her.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oddly enough Fu2rman, my mom says the same thing.....and you're right its bad karma. Just like one of my aunts, not our mothers!

1:07 PM  

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