Welp, it's finally happened, guys. Amanda Bynes has finally been hospitalized instead of just being encouraged, jeered at, arrested, or ignored. It's been a long time coming, and I'm glad the day is finally here. I just wish I had more faith that it'd be a permanent solution and not just a band-aid on a larger problem.
Let me start at the beginning. Yesterday, Amanda got into an argument with a cab driver outside a retirement community in Thousand Oaks, California, which is where she grew up, and close to the town in which she owns a home, Calabasas. According to the cab driver, who called police, Amanda was trying to gain entrance into the facility but was turned away by its managers for seeming drunk. They then accused her of trespassing but called her a cab instead of pressing charges.
Once it arrived, she got in and said, "Get me the fuck out of here…I don't have any money." Which is exactly what you're supposed to say when you begin a monetary transaction, so I've heard. The driver wasn't that into it, though, I guess, because he kicked her out of his cab, and when she started to walk back toward the facility, the police were called. Apparently they didn't arrest her at that point, because there's no record of it, but she may have been ticketed for tresspassing.
So today, having been released without serious incident, she was roaming the streets of California again when she decided to, y'know, set a small fire in an elderly woman's driveway. Because she has it so together and we've been so off-base worrying about her for all these months. Cops were called to the house in Thousand Oaks after a neighbor reported the blaze, and they arrived on the scene to find Amanda standing near the fire, part of her clothing burned. When questioned about what she was doing there and why, her answers were so confused that they decided she needed to be hospitalized on a 5150 hold, which was the same preliminary step taken with Britney Spears back in 2008 when her downward spiral was accelerating.
A 5150 hold allows Amanda to be taken in for involuntary hospitalization for mental evaluation, but not for longer than seventy-two hours. At the end of that time, she'll likely be released and people will go back to pretending like she is capable of taking care of herself and starting petty Twitter wars with her just to see what she'll do. Someone needs to give this girl some kind of permanent help. Before something terrible happens.
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