Whenever “breast implants” are in the news, it’s almost always the case that someone is doing something horrible. For example, the most recent implants-related story on this very website concerned the Marshall girls–the so-called Implant Family of the UK–who are shocked that the youngest member of the clan doesn’t want breast implants (she’s 14, obviously). Beyond that, it’s usually “real life Barbie” Sarah Burge and her ilk, spewing dreadful nonsense and pretending the rest of us are just haters.
This week, however, Ohio woman Chrissy Lance is adding a thrifty new dimension to breast implant-related headlines.
Lance has been panhandling at the corner of Manchester Road and Carnegie Avenue for the last few days, sitting astride a motorcycle while wearing a bikini and over-the-knee boots. Her sign says, “Not homeless. Need boobs.” She’s panhandling for a breast augmentation and apparently she’s raised about $90.
Lance is a student and single mom, working as a bartender. She says she needs $5000 for the operation and adds that the implants will go to “[improving] her self-esteem.” Say what you want about cosmetic surgery, publicity stunts, body image and dubious avenues to self-esteem: Lance’s move will probably glean her enough attention to hit her goal in the next few days.
If you are the one person out there wondering about the legality of this ridiculousness, Lance also claims she has the required permit to panhandle in Akron.