Times have certainly changed and not always for the better. There was a time, not so long ago, when having your mug shot in the media highlighting your misdemeanours was a matter of shame and embarrassment. Your strongest desire would be for your name and picture to be removed from public awareness and sight.
Now, for some individuals, having an unflattering mug shot is a source of greater disgrace and humiliation than being outed for committing a crime.
When 18 year old Amy Sharp escaped from Australia’s Surry Hills Corrective Services last Friday, the police statement announcing the escape was accompanied by two images of her. The statement and pictures, which showed a sad, makeup free Amy with her hair up in an untidy bun, was posted on Sydney’s 7 News Facebook page.
Almost instantly, Amy commented on the post from her personal profile with a more flattering image of herself and a simple request.
“can you use this photo, please and thank you ?
“Yours Truly, Amy Sharp xx”
Amy was later arrested and charged.