Taylor Chapman, Dunkin' Donuts Hater, Has Struggled With Mental Illness

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Chapman was getting worse, Born says. On July 11, 2011, the 20-something confessed she needed help, so they climbed into Born's white Ford van and made for the nearby Marion-Citrus Mental Health Centers. Halfway to the destination, the other Chapman materialized and rolled down the window. "This woman's kidnapping me," Born recalls Chapman yelling. "She's holding me hostage!"

Born blew four red lights to keep from stopping, but when she pulled the van into a gas station to remedy a wrong turn, Chapman exploded out of the van and sprinted across Highway 200, dodging cars. Police found her shortly afterward at 10:30 p.m. and arrested her under the Baker Act. "The subject started rambling about different information, going from being very polite to very rude," a police report says. "En route to the Centers, she rambled on in different personalities."

Born kicked Hosch and Chapman out of her house weeks later. "My nephew and I don't talk now because of all the crap she was doing," she says. The couple moved into a small, low-rent apartment on 16th Street in Oakland Park behind a lime-colored house. Chapman landed a few jobs working as a video spokesperson for something called Powersales Team, which has posted videos on the internet but does not appear in Florida Corporate records. Hosch repaired cars, according to his LinkedIn profile.

But the modicum of stability ended that day in Dunkin' Donuts. Within days of the Smoking Gun's posting its first article on "the horrible Florida woman who filmed herself berating Dunkin' Donuts workers," the piece had snared 58,000 Facebook "likes" and 1,250 tweets. "I don't have an exact number," Editor Bill Bastone said. "I just know a significant number of people read that article."

At 1:30 a.m. Friday, a week after Chapman had stormed Dunkin' Donuts, O. Williams of Powersales Team announced Chapman's termination in a peculiar and mean video, broadcasting several voicemails clogging his phone. "You need to fire that ugly bitch," one woman hissed. "She is repulsive. Taylor, the racist, is disgusting."

Whether the totality of someone's existence can be summarized in an eight-minute video, however, isn't a question that troubles Bastone. Chapman, he said, was simply a story to write. "Chapman posted the video to her Facebook page," Bastone said. "She did that. She made it public. It was sitting out there. And to ignore it because it was dopey isn't our job... We did a follow-up and moved on to other things."

But Chapman hasn't. When her phone rings, she worries whether it's a stalker. And on a Tuesday afternoon, Chapman and Hosch slipped out of their apartment on 16th Street to evade a news reporter. Chapman wore a polka-dot black sun dress, a tan baseball hat, and big sunglasses. She looked like Lindsay Lohan fresh out of drug rehab. "Get in the car, Taylor," says Hosch, smoking a cigarette, as they ducked inside his gold Nissan Altima and departed. "My girlfriend has mental issues," he declares.

"I'm not scared," Chapman says. "I'll be ready to give a statement in a few months."

But by then, she didn't realize, no one will care what she has to say.



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Mr.44
Mr.44

I hate to go off topic... But I have a fantasy of anal-izing her with one of those yellow kitchen rubber gloves.... Just sayin.

MBoudet
MBoudet

""I will make my public statement when I'm ready. And I'm not doing it for free"  ...what a piece of work.  Luckily by then no one will care.

FatHand
FatHand

I'm not sure I agree with the headline of this post that calls her a DD hater. As she stated in her video, she'd never had a problem with the day shift.

Yehright
Yehright

don't think mental illness explains this at all. I hope to god no one buys her apology (literally).

aztecace
aztecace

Well thanks to old Ronny R. there are no mental health institutions, under his watch it was made law that if you weren't a serious danger to yourself or others you can go out and rant and rave all you want.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Shit White People Do ...

"She was arrested in 2011 under the Baker Act after exhibiting multiple personalities in Marion County"

Note to Self -- leave other personalities in he closet when visiting Marion County.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Let me say this as diplomatically as possible.

If she is so ill that she behaves in that manner to such an extent, she needs to be institutionalized long-term if not permanently. She is a danger to both herself and others by remaining unsupervised.

daylabor
daylabor

Her illness may explain her behavior, but it doesn't excuse it. It's a valid point that the rapid escalation social media allows for leaves little room for facts or proper investigation, but simply by posting the video publicly,   she bears responsibility for the consequences. It's not the internet's fault, it's not Gawker's fault, it's not The Smoking Gun's fault. It's hers.

Her quote that she expects to be paid for her side of the story, though, is maybe the most ample evidence that she's suffering from mental illness(es). 

Mr.44
Mr.44

Poor baby... aggressive sodomy therapy is her only hope. I will donate my services free of charge. :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Josh Shapiro  ... in the U$A, where Public Mental Health Treatment consists solely of Prison Therapy.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mr.44 ... they don't call you Tricky Dick for nothing.

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