Or maybe it should be “Don’t Burn Off Your Nose!”
I read an article today that actually surprised me, then saddened me, and finally angered me. It’s the story about Bethany Storro. She’s the 28-year-old who claimed a black woman outside of a Starbucks threw acid in her face after uttering the ominous “Hey, pretty girl, want something to drink?” (Some news outlets quoted it as “Hey, pretty girl, do you want to drink this?”)
Turns out—surprise, surprise!—that the story is a hoax. Lies, lies, lies!
Well, not all of it was lies. Here’s what the Daily Mail in the UK reported:
About her attacker, who struck in Vancouver, Washington, she said: ‘I have never, ever seen this girl in my entire life. When I first saw her, she had this weirdness about her – like jealousy, rage.
‘Was it a dare, or did the woman wake up Monday morning and tell herself that today, she was going to “carry some acid in a cup and throw it on the first person I see?”.’
It’s true that she “never, ever <saw> this girl in my entire life” because there was no other girl to see.
And the bit about waking up Monday morning… I have to wonder, did Bethany Storro “wake up Monday morning and tell herself that today, she was going to ‘carry some acid in a cup and throw it on’… herself?
There are a lot of people out there who hurt themselves. They drive nails and pins into their flesh, they cut themselves, or do other things even more extreme such as self-shootings, self-stabbings, and self-mutilation. Throwing acid in her own face is a bit extreme, but I’m guessing her mental and emotional state was not that great at the time she came up with the idea. She at least had the forethought to protect her eyes. That’s telling—I want to hurt myself but I don’t want to be blind.
In the end, I guess this girl is more to be pitied than the subject of anger. She clearly needs some help and not just for her self-inflicted injuries.
Whatever her issues are though, perhaps she should have remembered the adage about not cutting off ones nose to spite ones face.
The story about getting an extra paycheck and stopping to buy a pair of sunglasses moments before the attack—the story about how those sunglasses saved her eyes from being affected—the attribution to God that she was not more seriously injured—all a lie.