We recently covered the lengths some people go to in order to look good, but this has more to do with the depths people will go. A 34-year-old Massachusetts woman, Alessandra P. Campos, was sentenced to 18 months probation for stealing and subsequently using a man’s credit card. Campos was a home health aide, and took the credit card from an 83-year-old patient suffering from Alzheimer’s. She used it to purchase gas, liquor, and cosmetic surgery.
When Dr. J. Robert Donovan’s family saw the $500 charge billed to a doctor, they figured the thief was sick, poor, and without health insurance. Perhaps they could understand – a little, anyway – about someone being desperate enough to steal a credit card for medical care. It wasn’t until they looked in the phone book and saw the charge was to a cosmetic surgeon.
Campos was quickly discovered, fired from her job and arrested, but not before another $4500 was charged to Donovan’s credit card. She was apparently in the market for breast augmentation. One has to wonder if Donovan’s family believes this to fall into the realm of “desperate medical procedures.”
Lowest of the Low?
One has to wonder what Ms. Campos was thinking, and if she was indeed desperate. Charging $4500 to a stolen credit card will surely be noticed. Was she hoping bigger breasts would get her a better job or keep her boyfriend by her side?
If you’re interested in cosmetic surgery, then you know it isn’t cheap. No surgery is. But stealing a dying man’s credit card to improve your appearance seems particularly disturbing. Or have we come to the point where people are desperate enough to break the law so they can be beautiful? What’s next? Bank robbery, kidnapping and murder? Maybe this is an indictment of just where society is heading with regard to how important cosmetic surgery is.
Obviously, this centers more on how the elderly are treated, violation of trust, and crime, but at the center of it is Campos’s cosmetic surgery.
Donovan’s family wonders why Campos wasn’t more severely punished. She was charged with larceny, credit card fraud, and forgery, placed on probation, has to perform 144 hours of community service, and assessed $50 in court costs. Not much for what she’s done. We hope her breasts turned out all right.
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