“According to her story,” says the Australian, “Ms Jacobs had seen the woman beginning to remove her scarf, and ran after her, saying ‘Put it back on. I’ll walk with you.’”
The Muslim woman, Jacobs continued, “started to cry and hugged me for about a minute—then walked off alone.”
Why, yes, this is the part where I wedge in that classic bit about two other female bullshit artists of greater renown, Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellman; the latter famously sued the former for telling Dick Cavett that “Every word [Hellman] writes is a lie—including ‘and’ and ‘the.’”
Because I’m not sure even those tiny parts of speech are above reproach in this case. Jacobs was very likely a passenger on some sort of motorized conveyance on Monday, December 15 of this year. That’s probably about it, though.
After her “random act of kindness” went viral, Jacobs was inundated with offers to retell her inspirational tale of courage and compassion.
Again, I give her credit: She came clean.