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Walmart mom outed as "pathological liar"

The inevitable follow up to the post last week about the 2 year old in the pink headband at walmart:


Mommy Blogger Of Pink Headband Fame Hospitalized For Mental Evaluation

The Florida mother who climbed to the highest peaks of the Internet to shout the tale of a giant, burly man that called her two-year-old son a “faggot” in a local Walmart has been hospitalized against her will pending a mental evaluation.

31-year-old mommy blogger Katie Vyktoriah (real name Kathleen Carpenter) originally wrote about the incident on her personal blog, She claimed, among other things, that without provocation, her son Dexter was assaulted and called a “faggot” for wearing a pink headband during a recent trip to Walmart in Davenport, Florida. Her site later “crashed” due to the overwhelming response the post had received, so HuffPo ran it as an op-ed piece.

Today, HuffPo has removed the piece amidst claims that the author is a “pathological liar” and most likely fabricated the story entirely. It only took about 40 seconds for readers to question the validity of the story after we reported it earlier this week—many of you pointed to Carpenter’s previous claims that she survived four kidnapping attempts, was “meant to be [on the American Airlines flight that crashed] in NYC on 9/11,” and allegedly suffers from a number of self-diagnosed ailments.

Following the backlash, Carpenter deleted her personal blog and all social media accounts. She then called the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and told an officer that she was thinking of killing herself.

With that, The Orlando Sentinel reports, Carpenter was taken into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, a law that allows police to involuntary imprison people in mental institutions. A police report claims that “the attention obtained by her story and the negative comments and communications to her had become too much stress and she could not handle the situation…anymore.”

Officials in Lake County confirmed that Carpenter did file a police report detailing the original incident, and “the continuing media response through Facebook and generated response to the incident by online subscribers, possible video of the incident may be obtained and viewed to in fact verify that the incident actually did occur or if it was all made up.”

For those who missed the original post:


Anyone surprised?

Answer Question

Asked by NotPanicking at 6:30 PM on Aug. 7, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (25)
  • Not really.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:32 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Not at all!

    Answer by luvmygrandgirl at 6:37 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Nope

    Answer by DJDNY at 6:43 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • i suspected it's authenticity as soon as i saw it was from the huffington post. (her being a floridian has NOTHING to do with it! NOTHING!)

    Answer by tnm786 at 6:44 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • her being a floridian has NOTHING to do with it! NOTHING!)

    Oh cmon, admit it, it had a little ;) What's worse is legitimate groups like the Matthew Shepard Foundation were distributing it straight from her blog before HuffPo picked it up, it's just the traffic that crashed her site left the HuffPo copy as the only place to read it. She destroyed the trust of a lot of legitimate organizations

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 6:47 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • What really really bugs me about this whole thing is how many media outlets picked up this story AFTER it was painfully clear she was lying. The Atlantic? Really? The Daily Mail in the UK. BuzzFeed. HuffPo, which also deleted about 95% of comments that questioned the veracity of this story.

    Get off my internets (clicky) really did a good job picking things apart and trying to figure out the truth.  Plus, best gifs ever.


    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 6:49 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Yeah, I don't trust Huffington.

    Answer by Bmat at 6:50 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • well damn, that sucks.

    Answer by tnm786 at 6:51 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • is that better NP?

    Answer by luvmygrandgirl at 6:55 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Not really surprised at all.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 6:58 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

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