She’s a Barbie girl, living in a cruel, cruel Barbie world.
Texas State college student Tara Monroe may have just made the mistake of a lifetime. And no, we don’t mean the DUI that got her license suspended and her car revoked by daddy. The 20-year-old student became a viral news story and unlikely antihero this week because of photos showing her driving around campus in a toy car made for children.
Monroe lost her license after getting pulled over on her way home from a Waka Flocka concert. While drivers can get a DUI for a blood alcohol concentration above .08, Monroe refused to take a breathalyzer, resulting in an automatic license suspension. That’s when her dad came to take her car away, replacing it with a bike.
“Riding a bike around campus sucks,” said the industrial engineering student. “Like really sucks.”
So Monroe bought a tiny pink Barbie Jeep on Craigslist, and now cruises around campus at five miles per hour. Confused bystanders eagerly shared pictures of her new ride on Instagram and Snapchat, and eventually Monroe gave an interview to the San Antonio Express-News. And that might have been an even bigger mistake than the DUI, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.
“This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame,” Monroe said. “Basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college, yet.”
Unfortunately for Monroe, the Internet never forgets, and those 15 minutes of fame are likely to follow her for the rest of her life. That means when she graduates and goes to apply for engineering jobs, prospective employers will still be able to read her quotes online — quotes such as “I do stuff like this all the time.”
According to her recent interviews, Monroe is enjoying her viral notoriety, at least for now. She plans to arrive to her 21st birthday party in her signature pink car. And what does her dad think of his daughter’s college shenanigans?
“I don’t think she anticipated the publicity that would come from it,” her dad said. “But I’ve told her, I said, ‘Use this to be an example for other people not to make the same mistake so they won’t be where you are.'”