Being Poisoned By An Idiot? There’s A Visine For That

I’ve never seen the movie Wedding Crashers, but I do remember the commercials not making it look all that funny. That may explain, at least in very small part, whythis film-inspired prankisn’t all that funny either.

Luciana Reichel, 22, thought it would be just haw haw hi-larious to put Visine into her roommate’s water bottle. Yes, this is her university roommate, meaning that this brain surgeon got into a school. I’m sure you’re all very proud of your diplomas about now.

According to a criminal complaint, on “numerous occasions” late last year Reichel placed Visine in a quart-sized water bottle used by Brianna Charapata, her 20-year-old roommate at a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh dorm. As a result of ingesting the tainted water, Charapata told cops, “she began feeling nauseated, suffered from diarrhea, loss of appetite and was otherwise very tired for no apparent reason.”

Charapata, who said that her doctor was unable to explain the cause of her symptoms, recalled having to leave an October 18 marketing exam when she suddenly became ill.

Reichel’s Visine scheme ended after she told another student about the prank, and that classmate, Laura Gallas, informed Charapata. Gallas told police that Reichel laughed when describing the Visine stunt “because the eye drops…had been making [Charapata] sick.” After seeing this, Gallas added, Reichel said she “decided to add more to her water bottle a few days later and the same results happened.”

When confronted by cops, Reichel reportedly confessed to the Visine stunt, claiming “she got the idea from watching the movie ‘The Wedding Crashers’ where an actor in the movie put eye drops in someone’s drink and it made that person sick.”

If convicted of placing foreign objects in edibles, Reichel could spend up to 3-1/2 years in prison. I say if convicted because sometimes you never know how these things are going to turn out, plus there’s always the chance that somebody with this level of brain function could be found not competent to stand trial.

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