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Gang Member Extreme Makeover

Posted Jul 28 2009 11:46pm


Let’s say you’re a member of a vicious Los Angeles street gang who just happens to have the gang’s name tattooed all over your body. Let’s also say you’re about to go to trial – what to do? Time for a makeover!

The attorney for Richard Rodriguez, who has filed a $5 million claim against the city of El Monte, California, wants his client to grow hair and wear a suit to cover up all those pesky gang symbols. Rodriguez will be getting an extreme makeover before the trial including a Magnum P.I.-style mustache to hide the gang’s name which is inconveniently tattooed to his upper lip (I hate when that happens).

In Rodriguez’s booking photo, his head is shaved, tattoos climb his neck, and he generally looks like a scary dude. But with a full head of hair, a ’stache, and a black suit – viola! – violent gang member is transformed into mild-mannered insurance salesman.

Rodriguez is suing El Monte because he was kicked in the head by a police officer after a televised car chase. Hmm, maybe try not running from the cops in a high speed chase next time. That seems to significantly reduce the number of head kicks you’ll receive. Just a friendly tip.

photo credit: Law Offices of Nick Pacheco (via L.A. Times )

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