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A Texas State Student Replaced Her Car with a Toy Barbie Jeep After Getting a DUI

"Basically, it was the best decision I've made in college yet."

by Scott Masters Pierce
03 September 2015, 2:11pm

Photo via Tara Monroe

Photo via Tara Monroe

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While driving home from a Waka Flocka concert, Tara Monroe, a 20-year-old Texas State student, was pulled over and asked by the police to take a breathalyzer test. Monroe refused and, as a result, she lost her driver's license. Her dad confiscated her car, leaving her with a bike to ride around campus with. She was less than thrilled.

"Riding a bike around campus sucks," Monroe explained to "Like really sucks."

In an effort to avoid the terrible suckiness of a bicycle, Monroe went where many resourceful and desperate people go: Craigslist. There, she found a children's pink Barbie Jeep, owned by a young girl named Charlene. Monroe forked over $60, christened the chariot "Charlene" after the original owner, and sped off in her new ride, legs dangling over the sides.

Well, not exactly "sped." The 12-volt battery powered kiddie car can only go up to five miles-per-hour, but that's enough to ferry Monroe around the Texas State campus. And the Barbie-style mobility has benefitted Tara Monroe in other ways, too. She's got a whole bunch of fans.

"This is the best way I could've gotten my 15 minutes of fame," Monroe said. "Basically, it was the best decision I've made in college yet."

Monroe is only a junior, so who knows what kind of other legal trouble she can spin into internet fame during her next few years at Texas State.

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