Poor Lindsay Lohan.
In becoming an unwitting poster child for downward spirals of shame, stories have abounded on gossip blogs and in celebrity news about Lohan's seemingly never-ending series of public embarrassments. The latest schadenfraude in the Lohan saga involves a Carvel "black card" for free ice cream, a police fracas at one of the ice cream retailers locations and a truly sad press release issued by the company about the Lohan family's "abuse" of the privilege. Having your card declined is one thing, having your free ice cream card snipped in half at the checkout is infinitely more mortifying.
Carvel must feel that Lohan is an acceptable target at this point, because the following "news release" was posted to their press relations page:
ATLANTA, GA (June 17, 2010) – As part of Carvel's 75th Anniversary celebration last year, we issued 75 Black Cards to celebrities. These cards were issued in the celebrity's name and require the card holder to be present at the time of use. Many celebrities have enjoyed their cards at our Carvel Ice Cream shoppes and have shared their excitement with being included in the celebration.
Unfortunately, the Lohan family has been abusing the card. While the card was issued in Lindsay and Ali's names only, their extended family has repeatedly used the card without either present. At first, we graciously honored their requests while explaining that the Black Card was not a carte blanche for unlimited Carvel Ice Cream for the extended Lohan family and friends. After more than six months of numerous and large orders for ice cream, we finally had to cut off the card and take it back.
Dina Lohan reacted badly and called the police to have her card returned. The police responded and did return the card to Dina with instructions not to use it again.
This is an unfortunate situation where certain people feel entitled to use a celebrity's name for their own purposes. We regret that the Lohan family is upset and hope this matter is put behind us quickly.
-Ashley Swann, Carvel Public Relations Manager