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Stick-Thin Pop-Tart Pilferer Proves More Bad News for the Fashion Industry
By: Jeannine Wheeler
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Do you ever feel so famished that you could eat or do almost anything to satisfy your hunger? Apparently, that’s just what happened to a painfully thin model who allegedly stole a box of Pop-Tarts and other junk food from a Harlem supermarket. This is not good news for the fashion industry.

“I don’t want to judge her,” said an employee of the Harlem Pathmark store. “But maybe she needed it. Maybe she was hungry and had a sweet tooth.”

Six-foot-tall Detroit native Mary Jean Conniff, 23, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on June 25 to answer for the May 5 theft of one cake, three boxes of Pop-Tarts, two boxes of cake mix and several other items, which she allegedly stuffed into her purse and pockets, according to the criminal complaint. Conniff agreed to a punishment of one day of community service.  

Judging by the slew of snarky, but mostly sympathetic, comments on social media, this is more bad news for the fashion industry. Or maybe this is just commiseration from the rest of us. We regularly indulge in such treats, but without the guilt of larceny.

Said Lana from London: “Was there really a need to drag her through court? Seems like she’s going through her own private hell. Someone get that girl some food!”

Said Katie from Cardiff, Wales, “She should've been sentenced to a full meal.”

There appears to be very little support, however, for the fashion industry, which highly discourages the type of caloric indulgence that can ensure your size 0 dress will not make it down the runway...at least not with you in it.

“I hope she gets psychological help as well. Disgusting she has to starve herself to get work in the fashion industry,” said LouLou from Cardiff, Wales.

“Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the glamour in looking like a starving refugee. An earlier poster had it right. If we see a dog whose skeleton is prominently visible below its skin, we call the SPCA. Yet it seems to be OK for humans to look malnourished TO SELL CLOTHING,” said Beachy from Charlestown, Rhode Island.

Karen from Victoria, Canada, however, probably asked the most relevant question of all:

“So sad. Did they take the food back from her?”


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About the Author
Jeannine Wheeler is a PR Director who has worked in three countries, including Russia, the US and the UK. She is currently Sr. Vice President of Pure Energy PR, a full-service boutique communications firm with a focus on the energy, healthcare, technology, construction, real estate & land development, tourism & hospitality and food & beverage industries. Jeannine is in the firm's Austin, Texas office.
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