The True Story Revealed: Ashley Todd
Most of you have probably heard of the case of Ashley Todd, the former Ron Paul supporter turned College Republican/McCain campaign worker who shocked the dumb portion of the world with her story of being attacked by a large black man outside of an ATM who carved the letter B in her cheek. Here's a news article if you missed all this:
Todd handed the man $60 she had in her pocket and stepped away from him, investigators said. The man then noticed the bumper sticker on the woman's car, which was parked in front of the ATM. The man became very angry, made comments to Todd about John McCain and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, police said.
"He continued to kick and punch her repeatedly and said he would teach her a lesson for supporting John McCain," said police Chief Nate Harper.
The man then carved the "B" into Todd's right cheek.
Todd's friend offered to drive her back in the direction she came from to look at ATMs until she found the right one, police said. A police officer followed until Todd pointed out a Citizens Bank ATM at Liberty and Pearl, police said.
She declined medical treatment at the scene and said she would go to a hospital today.
There were some problems with her story, of course. The first is that, like me, she twitters her every waking moment, she obsessively documented on Twitter every step of her night. Except maybe she was setting things up a little too conveniently for what she would have no way of knowing was going to happen next. Oh, and maybe she got a few bits of info wrong too, referring to the Citizens Bank as a Bank of America, and saying things like "this is definitely a bad part of town, I'm gonna get mugged by an angry political black man I bet" about a not bad part of town.
Oh, also maybe the B was backwards and didn't break the skin. Like how it'd be if you drew one really hard with your fingernail in the mirror.
Then, despite her airtight story, Ashley failed to shock the world by announcing that she had made it all up.
Ashley Todd, 20, of College Station, Texas, has been charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, a police report said.
"This has wasted so much time...It's just a lot of wasted man hours," Assistant Police Chief Maurita Bryant said at a briefing.
"She is stating that she was in her vehicle driving around, and she came up with this idea," [Bryant] said. "She said she has prior mental problems and doesn't know how the backward letter 'B' got on her face."
Wait. Hold it there.
She admits to making it up, but she doesn't know how she ended up with a fake black eye and a backwards B very very lightly carved on her face? I guess that makes perfect sense. Sometimes minor stuff just slips our minds.
Which is why I've decided to help jog her memory by coming up with a few possibilities as to how it all actually went down:
Ashley Todd was at a Citizens Fargo Bank of America ATM, getting her money and minding her own business in a bad part of a good part of town when a large black man came up to her.
"Hi," he said. "I see you work for the McCain campaign."
"Yeah..." she said.
"Cool! I work for the McCain campaign as well," he said. "You want a temporary McCain tattoo?"
"Ok, I'm just going to put a J on your face for 'John'. So there's the first swoop and I'll finish it up and...oops."
"Yeah, my hand slipped. Looks like I kinda added a second swoop on that J. My bad."
"No worries," said Ashley, "I'll just say that you kicked and punched me repeatedly and said you would teach me a lesson for supporting John McCain."
"Ha, good one. Alright, have a nice night now."
Ashley Todd was about to head out the door to go for a late night food run when it suddenly struck her that she might forget what she was setting out to buy.
"My memory's usually so good," she said to her kitchen table, "but maybe I should make a list."
She searched and searched, but couldn't find a scrap of paper anywhere.
"Now what am I going to do?" she said to the microwave.
Then an idea struck her. It was a great idea. The perfect idea.
"The only thing I really need right now is bread. I'll just scratch a B on my face with the edge of my credit card."
And she did. She admired the fading pink B lightly etched in her cheek.
"Yeah," she said. "There's just no way I'll forget what this is for. Just no way."
Then she kissed the giant poster of McCain that covered like half her bedroom wall, and she left. Except as she was going she also said: "It would basically be impossible for me to carve a B in my face and then forget doing it. That's the best part of this idea.
"No way in hell I would forget this. Nope. Not gonna happen."
"But I'm telling the truth," said Ashley. "I don't know what else you want to hear."
"It doesn't matter what we want to hear," said Police Chief Nate Harper. He leaned back, and unbuttoned his shirt halfway. Sweat glistened from the landscape of curly hair and bronzed skin that was his chest. "Honey, we're only keeping you here until we can reasonably say you cracked and admitted it was all fake."
Ashley felt herself flush with frustration, especially her cheek, which definitely had a real wound shaped like a backwards B.
"I don't believe it. I thought you people were here to help," she cried.
Assistant Police Chief Maurita Bryant threw down her styrofoam coffee cup in disgust and strode across the room.
"Don't waste our time, little girl!" Bryant sneered. "This has wasted so much time. ... It's just a lot of wasted man hours."
"I guess she still doesn't get it," said Harper. He took one thick meaty hand and dug into the flesh at the base of his broad neck. The skin began to warp and stretch like warm play-doh. His entire face peeled back revealing Barack Obama.
Bryant grabbed her pony tail and yanked up like she was taking off a hat. Her mask popped off instantly. It was also Barack Obama.
"Soon, little girl, your pitiful human race will belong to us," said the two in unison. They began to laugh. Cold, cruel, inhuman laughter.
Ashley looked back and forth at the two Obamas, their faces wet and slimy, like newborns. The backwards B was hard red against the soft white of her cheek. Then she grabbed her ears and pulled sideways.
"Oh, my bad. I didn't realize," the third Obama said, shaking off the last of the Ashley mask. "It can be hard to keep track of all of us. Whew, we almost tried to conspiracy each other!"
"Whoops ha ha!" said the second Obama.
"Classic," said the first Obama. "Ok, let's get these disguises back on and go bullshit the press."