Lindsay Lohan errs on the early side, makes it to the morgue
Lindsay Lohan got it right Friday morning, showing up at the L.A. County coroner's office for morgue community service while it was still dark, which simply has to be on time, right?
Lohan had stumbled on what we'll call a "trial run" Thursday, getting turned away at the door — once she finally found the correct one — because she showed up late.
The actress and model will be "cleaning toilets, mopping floors and emptying the trash bins," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told L.A. Now, saying she wouldn't be treated differently than any of the 15 to 20 people each day who do this as community service. Assuming, of course, those 15 to 20 people are also greeted by helicopters, photographers and a swarm of other media upon arrival.
"With all of the stress and pressure from yesterday and today," Lohan wrote online Thursday, "I've never been so happy to go to therapy!!!! Also, I'm sorry for the confusion that I may of caused to those at the Coroner's office. Won't happen again, now I know where to go! Thank you for your help."
She made it to the morgue at 5:35 a.m. Friday, dropped off by a driver and beating her Thursday time by about three hours.
The morgue staffers, who are not allowed to fraternize with community service folks in general, have been specifically ordered not to photograph Lohan, Winter told L.A. Now. However, that hasn't stopped unnamed sources from leaking details of Lindsay's day already to outlets including TMZ.
Lohan, whose probation was revoked Wednesday pending a hearing to determine if her weak performance on community service constitutes a violation, appears to be taking Judge Stephanie Sautner's strongly worded hint that she get at least 16 hours done at the morgue before everyone's back in court Nov. 2.
The actress, on probation for DUI and other charges in 2007 and a misdemeanor theft earlier this year, was kicked out of community service at the Downtown Women's Center, and the judge was not pleased. There are also questions about whether court-ordered weekly counseling sessions were attended in person, and represented accurately to the court on a probation progress report.
The downtown center has said it would take Lohan back to fulfill her 360-hour sentence if she completed her 120 hours at the morgue first. Since being sentenced in May, she'd completed only 21 hours and reportedly missed nine scheduled four-hour shifts.
So, what's that simple rule of parenting? Reward the behavior you want to encourage, and ignore the unwanted stuff? In that case, bravo, Lilo, for getting to the morgue on time, and with fabulous hair, we must add. If a felonious Chris Brown could get gold stars from a judge, anything is possible.
As for completely ignoring the rest, well, we're not quite that mature yet.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photos: Lindsay Lohan, right, arrives to a media welcome at the L.A. County coroner's office at 5:35 a.m. Friday, dropped off by a driver, left. She was reporting for community service at the morgue. Credits: Jason Redmond / Associated Press