Outrageous! The poop tattoo prank

Outrageous! The poop tattoo prank
She’s suing her ex-boyfriend for inking 
a crappy tattoo on her back.

This story about a cheating woman getting her comeuppance appeared in various web sites as well as The Sun, a UK newspaper:

Tatt-poo for cheating, Artist inks excrement on wayward lover’s back

A FURIOUS woman is suing her ex-boyfriend after he tattooed a steaming poo on her back.

Rossie Brovent wants £60,000 in damages from Ryan Fitzjerald.

Rossie, from Dayton, Ohio, US, wanted a scene from the Narnia trilogy inked on her back.

Instead she was left with a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.

Tattoo artist Ryan turned rogue after discovering that Rossie had cheated on him with his best friend.

Rossie originally tried to have her ex-lover charged with assault but she had signed a consent form agreeing the tattoo design was "at the artist’s discretion".

She said: "He tricked me by drinking a bottle of cheap wine with me and doing tequila shots before I signed it and got the tattoo.

"Actually I was passed out for most of the time, and woke up to this horrible image on my back."

Outrageous, yes? True? No.

When I first saw this story, my BS detector went off, and I searched for any mention of the subject or the participant’s names on any legitimate news sites. I found absolutely nothing.

The story does have enough elements to guarantee inflamed emotions: a girl who cheats with his best friend (Of course she deserves it!), alcohol clouding her judgment (What an idiot!), an indictment of the legal system for a bad contract (Stupid lawyers!), the punishment being out of proportion to the crime (Do you know much that’s going to hurt to get removed?), and so on.

Later, the website The Smoking Gun researched the story in more detail:

A review of court indices, of course, shows no such civil complaint has ever been filed (either in federal or state court) by "Brovent." James Druber, administrator of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court (where Dayton residents file their six-figure complaints), said that he had heard nothing about the purported tattoo lawsuit.

Additionally, a review of the Nexis database turns up no "Rossie Brovent," or, in fact, anyone with that surname. And a search for "Ryan Fitzjerald" (with or without the middle initial "L") turns up nobody with that name.

Records for Dayton and Montgomery County show no evidence that "Fitzjerald" (or "Fitzgerald") has been licensed as a tattoo parlor operator or employee, according to Alan Pierce, an official with the Public Health department.

They also discovered that the image of the woman’s back tattoo was featured as the "Worst Tattoo of the Day" on the blog I Am Bored… 18 months before the tattoo poop story appeared.

So, if we believe the tattoo photo is a real photo, the story is that somebody got a really stupid tattoo.

And the story of the cheating lover getting a prank poop tattoo? If you believe it, it’s actually a prank on you.

– Tatt-poo for cheating, Artist inks excrement on wayward lover’s back, The Sun>>
– That Viral Story About The Poor Woman Stuck With The Poop Tattoo? Sorry, It’s Totally Full Of Crap, The Smoking Gun>>

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