When we hear about men behaving badly, we’re rarely surprised.
Politicians, entertainment industry people, military, athletes – it seems like it’s become the story du jour.
From sexual abuse to financial fraud to breaking and entering, the bad behavior, large and small, has been – in my smug opinion – the boys’ bailiwick.
“Women are better than that,” I smugly think. “Women are so honest, we have so much integrity.”
I am so wrong.
Recently there’s been a spate of women behaving badly stories, in San Diego and elsewhere. I’ll classify their behavior as “Minor League,” “Major League” and “Out of the Ballpark.”
Minor League: Breaking Into Zoo Enclosures
A North Dakota woman, 18-year-old Ashlee Brown, was visiting the Bismarck Dakota Zoo when she noticed something sad in the primate enclosure.
Specifically, a sad siamang. And there is nothing sadder than a sad siamang:
“I know!” thought Ashlee. “I’ll, like, hop the guard rail and touch that sad siamang and, like, take a selfie with him. That will, like, cheer him right up!”
So Ashlee hopped the guard rail, touched the primate, took her selfie, and got busted.
She pleaded guilty to trespassing, was fined $300, and will be on unsupervised probation for nearly a year. She can keep the incident off her record if she stays out of trouble during that time.
And if she, like, stays out of zoo enclosures.
Unlike Ashlee, Gloria Lancaster’s foray into an animal enclosure was on a rescue mission – specifically, to rescue her dog.
A worthy endeavor, except that her dog had gotten into the camel enclosure at Tiger Truck Stop in Iberville Parish, LA.
Gloria, 68, crawled under the barbed wire fence. The camel, Caspar, had invited neither Gloria nor her dog into the enclosure, and was understandably miffed.
So Caspar sat on Gloria.
Caspar weighs 600 pounds.
Trapped, Gloria did what anyone would do – she bit Caspar.
As one TV station delicately put it, “allegedly on the camel’s private parts.”
Gloria is claiming injuries but she’s not getting much sympathy. She did, however, get citations for criminal trespassing and leash law violation
Caspar, on the other hand, is getting lots of sympathy and media attention:
And antibiotics from his veterinarian.
Did I mention this happened on a Wednesday?
Major League: Rob From The Rich And Give To…Yourself
I don’t know much about investing, and I’m OK with that.
But even I know that if someone promises “returns of 15 to 25 percent in one year…”
And I know that if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) comes after you…
You’re in big trouble:
That’s what happened to Gina Champion-Cain, 57, of San Diego.
Gina – to know her was to love her.
The city even declared June 28, 2006 “Gina Champion-Cain Day.”
She was a successful, high-profile, and had many business interests – coffee shops, lifestyle brands, San Diego restaurants, and rental properties.
Unfortunately, it appears Champion-Cain was less than honest about the money she received from 50 investors.
To the tune of $300 million.
The SEC filed the complaint in which it alleged that Champion-Cain’s ANI Development had fraudulently raised hundreds of millions of dollars since 2012 by claiming to investors that they could profit by issuing short-term, high-interest loans to people applying for alcohol licenses in California.
In some cases, she promised investors those returns “of 15 to 25 percent in one year,” according to the SEC.
Instead of using the investors’ money to make those loans, Champion-Cain is alleged to have directed “significant amounts of investor funds” to a company that she controlled.
Soon, nearly a dozen of Champion-Cain’s restaurants were closing or had already been shuttered.
A court-appointed receiver is now involved.
I reckon no one is calling her a “Kickass Entrepreneur” anymore:
But as bad she is, here’s the lowest of the low:
Out Of The Ballpark: Ripping Off Our Military Members, Veterans And Their Families
The Armed Forces Foundation was a legitimate charity, established in 2001 to protect and promote the physical, mental and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families
I say “was” because it closed in October 2016.
That was shortly after the organization’s president, Patricia Driscoll, 41, was indicted on eight felony counts in September 2016.
For misspending more than $900,000 of Armed Forces Foundation money for personal purposes starting in 2006.
On personal shopping trips, legal fees, and paying bills for Driscoll’s private defense-contracting business, prosecutors said.
Driscoll was convicted in September 2018 of two federal counts each of wire fraud and of tax evasion, and one count of first-degree fraud.
She faced a maximum 20 years in prison on the wire fraud charge and a maximum 10 years for first-degree fraud. Tax evasion carries a statutory maximum of five years.
Instead – and baffling to me – Driscoll was sentenced only to 12 months and one day in prison, 36 months supervised release, a period of home confinement, 360 hours of community service, and must pay $154,289 in restitution and $81,779 in a money judgment forfeiture.
I can’t quite figure how you “misspend more than $900,000” and pay only $154,289 in restitution.
Driscoll isn’t going to prison anytime soon. In late 2019, the sentence was stayed pending appeal.
There’s an online article at sportingnews.com that talks about a Driscoll video that went viral before it was removed from YouTube:
The article quotes the video of Driscoll saying this of herself:
“I am a mom, a businesswoman, a patriot, a socialite, and a whole lot of attitude. I have the reputation for not being the nicest person in the world, and I’ve earned it…I don’t care if people hate me for who I am or what I do because I’m not going to change.”
The article also says one of her employees at the Armed Forces Foundation called her “one scary b—-” and, “You don’t want to mess with Patricia…If you cross her, she’ll grab you by the nuts and twist them and tear them right off.”
All that, and stealing from our military, veterans, and their families, too?
Women behaving badly.
Step aside, boys.
Update: January 9, 2020
Oh, No! Yet Another Woman Behaving Badly?
I described Patricia Driscoll’s bad behavior as “out of the ballpark,” meaning lowest of the low, for stealing money from military members and their families.
I may have to re-think who is “lowest of the low,” due to this recent story:
The former Mrs. Florida, aka Karyn Turk, pleaded guilty in September to a misdemeanor charge of Social Security fraud after stealing her elderly mother’s Social Security checks instead of using the money to pay for nursing home care.
Now a federal judge has sentenced Turk to a month in prison, followed by five months of house arrest.
The judge also ordered Turk to perform 100 hours of community service at a nursing home – a reminder of the time she never spent with her own mother who lived for three years in a Lake Worth facility, ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Palm Beach Post article.
Instead of using her mother’s Social Security, Veterans Administration and pension checks to cover $219,000 in nursing home bills, Turk used the money to pay for shopping sprees, dinners out, and for a nanny to watch her children, said Palm Beach County sheriff’s Detective Vaughn Mitchell.
Stealing from your mother?