Editor’s note: Tara contacted us to correct some of the details that were misreported by the corporate media station we based our original article on. Below is the updated story which includes details from both sides, thus creating a more accurate portrayal of what happened that afternoon.
Cape Coral (WTFF) – A New Yorker spent a year in the Lee County Jail after relapsing in a hotel room.
In August of 2018, Tara Hegarty was visiting Florida.
The 23-year-old had almost died in a severe car accident, and was down in Lee County visiting family. “I was messed up for a long time,” she wrote to WTFF News in recollection, describing her fresh traumatic brain injury that likely affected her decisions on the afternoon of the 10th.
“I am an alcoholic. I relapsed and got a hotel to meet someone. They fled. People do that when I drink. I stumbled out of my room and two hotel workers tried to help me.”
Tara was a paying guest, but the spirit of Florida Woman had possessed her so intensely that when the hotel workers asked to see her ID, she handed them a towel.
“They informed me that my failure to provide identification would mean I’d have to leave without my belongings. They probably had a copy of it but were not about to let me just pass out,” wrote Tara, ceding that her bizarre behavior was unwarranted.
When the workers tried to kick her out, she reportedly fought back.
Cops admitted they pepper sprayed her while she was handcuffed.
She was never afforded the opportunity to write a statement. Tara noted, “I couldn’t understand the word identification. The dirty south is unforgiving.”
She was incarcerated for a full calendar year in the Lee County Jail.
“It was Hell. I could have went to prison but they wanted me to suffer in that sadistic county.”
Now her face is plastered all over news outlets around the world as they cash in on their various “Florida Woman” headlines. Tara’s family was heartbroken. Her career as a Pharmacy Technician has been obliterated.
She currently has a no contact order with the two workers she allegedly assaulted.
“I hope they forgive me,” wrote Tara. “I feel horrible about my actions… I would love to apologize but am unable to,” because of the restraining order. “I’m lucky I didn’t kill anyone in that blackout. I’m lucky to be alive.”
Editor’s note: Below is the original article in all of its snarky and biased glory, with outright falsities struck out.
Enraged Tourist Attacks Hotel Employees
Cape Coral (WTFF) – A woman was arrested after reportedly attacking two hotel employees after being asked to prove that she was a guest.
On August 10, she was at the Hampton Inn on SE 47th Terrace, according to News Press. These Pennsylvanian creatures often visit Florida to soak up our beautiful weather, much to the dismay of the Florida Natives.
A couple of hotel employees told police that Hegarty asked to enter a room, but couldn’t provide any identification.
One of them escorted her to the room to get her ID,
but once there, the Pennsylvanian refused to show any proof that she was a paying guest., but she was too drunk and/or confused to procure it.
The employee told her she was being kicked out and she couldn’t take anything from the room.
The tourist became enraged.
When the hotel manager arrived, Hegarty reportedly ran up on her and kicked her in the thigh. Hegarty then fell on the bed for some reason, recomposed herself, and charged again, kicking the other thigh.
Then the feral
Pennsylvanian creature tried to light a cigarette.
Correction: “I’m actually not from Pennsylvania. I lived there for 2 years. I’m a spunky drunk with a wit. I’m not a fuckin’ hick. Fuck Hicks. I’m from NEW YORK BABY!”
Both workers tried to stop her.
She pushed them back and lit more cigarettes, flinging each one onto the floor.
When a worker tried to grab one of the burning cigarettes, Hegarty grabbed her by the hair and flung her around the room, ripping out a chunk of hair.
The other worker tried to intervene, but got punched in the face and kicked by the wild tourist, causing bruises.
The workers ran away and called police.
An officer arrived and found the feral
hillbilly New Yorker on the bed drinking a beer.
She was arrested and now faces six charges including Battery, Resisting, and Simple Assault. Next court date: 8/28/18.