thanks to mike doughty, my new criminal obsession is kari ferrel, aka the the hipster grifter, a petite 22-year-old korean girl with a massive, colorful phoenix tatt emblazoned across her chest and another tatt reading "i love beards," who has been duping fellow hipsters from salt lake city to williamsburg.
she was arrested in philly and was recently extradited to utah where she had made the salt lake city police department's most wanted list for five warrants for forgery, retail theft, and passing $60,000 in bad checks.
among her fabrications was to tell her cool new friends that she worked for concert producer golden voice (which is based here in sf -- they run the warfield -- and is a client of my husband dan), promising them trips backstage and free shows.
she scammed numerous roommates and boyfriends out of money and told many that she had cancer, was pregnant and/or was being stalked. she could apparently cough up blood when it was necessary to enhance the cancer story.
she managed to con her way into a job at vice magazine and after pursuing a colleague with sexually aggressively texts, he googled her and she was found out.
the best anecdote though took place at that bastion of hipness, the union pool in williamsburg, where my friend matt tends bar and djs. HG allegedly slipped a note to a bartender (not matt, i checked) to be handed to a male patron. it said, "i want to give you a handjob with my mouth."