When someone loses their license due to getting a DWI, it’s done to teach them a lesson and for the safety of others. At that point, they have to figure out different ways to get around since they can no longer legally drive. Tara Monroe lost her license after a DWI, and she found an interesting way to get around Texas State University — Barbie Jeep.
According to My San Antonio, Monroe is a junior in industrial engineering who recently had her license taken away. She says it was automatically suspended for refusing to take a breathalyzer test after a Waka Flocka concert.
When that happened, her father drove from Kingwood, Texas, to San Marcos and took her vehicle away from her. She was not too pleased with her options for getting around Texas State University.
“Riding a bike around campus sucks. Like really sucks.”
Not wanting to ride a bike, Monroe came up with another option. The 20-year-old junior is only 5’3″ and realized she would fit in a battery-powered Barbie Jeep, and was able to find a used one for just $60 on Craigslist.
A little girl named Charlene handed over the keys to the Barbie Jeep and immediately, Monroe had a name for her new ride — Charlene. She has since ridden the 5 mph jeep all around the campuses of University of Texas at Austin’s West Campus and Texas State.
“Most people don’t find the things me and my friends do very funny, just immature, so I didn’t expect to get this big of a reaction. People who don’t know me are shocked but my friends weren’t even surprised because I do stuff like this all the time.”
Even if people are shocked by Tara Monroe’s antics, they are still taking a moment out of their day to take pictures when they see her.
As reported by the Bull, Monroe says that the Barbie Jeep’s 12-volt battery can go faster than 5 mph if her friends aren’t riding in it with her.
She knows that this is simply her 15 minutes of fame and that it will soon fade away, but “basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college, yet…” Monroe is planning on taking “Charlene” to The Square in San Marcos for her birthday when she turns 21.
Tara Monroe has taken Texas State University by storm, and she’s done it behind the wheel of her Barbie Jeep. Getting a DWI and having her license suspended wasn’t the greatest idea, but at least she’s playing it safer now.
[Images via Tara Monroe – My San Antonio]