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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Lawyer Curtis Holmes, who had just delivered the opening statement in defense of an alleged child sex abuser in a Pocatello, Idaho, courtroom in August, was, minutes later, suspended by the state bar association for a previous case, in which he arranged to take nude photos of a client in exchange for reducing her bill.
Former L’Oreal executive Elysa Yanowitz won a preliminary round in her lawsuit against the company, which had fired her, she said, because she had refused to dismiss a dark-haired subordinate whom her blonde-preferring boss thought was not attractive enough (in other words, a woman whom L’Oreal thought was not “worth it”).
The New York Post reported in July that several high-profile Manhattan dentists were offering sets of temporary teeth veneers to make patients’ smiles resemble those of celebrities, at $1,000 to $2,000 a set; more popular veneers were the “Halle,” the “Britney,” the “Gwyneth,” and, of course, for men, the “Tom” and the “George.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in July on people who pay “lifestyle designers” up to $450 an hour to construct fanciful, all-new personnas for them, including proper wardrobe and home decor down to which gifts to give and which vacations to take. For example, an ad agency owner who wanted to project a “carefree” image had to be told to buy herself a turquoise 1955 Thunderbird and wear cowboy boots and a bright red scarf around town.
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