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Katie Vyktoriah’s “Pink Headband At Wal-Mart” Story Being Questioned By Internets

The internet continues to burn with the story of the mommy blogger who alleges her son was accosted in a Davenport, FL area Wal-Mart. The story has spread to MSN, the Daily Mail, even Gawker after being posted by the mother herself on reddit and Huffington Post.

But almost from the start people expressed doubts about the veracity of the story. Internet searches revealed background claims by the mother that only confirmed for many that her previous statement that she used to be a “pathological liar” might apply to this tale as well.

Now removed from her site claims included having survived 3 failed kidnapping attempts and 1 successful one; claiming to be a stewardess for an airline and quitting just weeks before the flight crashed twice in three months; that she was “meant to be in NYC on 9/11, but I cancelled last minute”; that she missed catching a train that later crashed. When called on the truthiness of these claims, Katie responded:

And yes, much of that list was tongue in cheek to drag out some of my sillier stories into much bigger dramas than they were. When I wrote it more than a year ago, I drew people’s attention to it as a FUNNY (though accurate) representation of some of the stuff I’ve been through in my life.

Other claims include suffering from Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, BPD, manic depression, ADHD, and apparently her breasts are so spectacular they cause bar fights.

Soon after the internet began questioning why, if it’s a big enough deal to craft what she no doubt hoped would be a viral blog post, she didn’t contact the store or the police Katie began claiming she was being harassed. Saying her milk supply was drying up and that she was receiving “threats of pizza deliveries to my house”, she closed down her site. 30 minutes later Katie claimed to be on the phone with the sheriff’s department “waiting for them to show  up”. Despite a fatal car crash that closed down roads for two hours, according to her a deputy arrived, took a report, and left within an hour of her call.

Debate continues online with some people saying it doesn’t matter if the story is true because it started a discussion about gender issues, and others pointing out that if the story is untrue, using such issues for page views and attention is probably doing a disservice to the LGBT community.

I was unable to reach the Polk County Sheriff’s Department for confirmation or statement and Wal-Mart has yet to publicly respond to Katie’s claim. We await further developments and welcome any tips or information. We will update this post as information becomes available.

UPDATE: Apparently Katie has now been placed under psych observation. From the Orlando Sentinel:

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office report, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office became aware of Carpenter’s blog post detailing the alleged incident at a Four Corners-area Walmart.

Since Polk County was eventually mentioned specifically in the blog as being the responding agency, a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant requested a deputy go meet with Carpenter.

When the Polk deputy met with Carpenter — it’s not clear when that happened — she began making suicidal statements, the Lake County report said.

A deputy added that “possible video of the incident may be obtained and viewed to in fact verify that the incident actually did occur or if it was all made up.”

UPDATE: HuffPo has removed her post saying “We have also confirmed with investigators that they are in contact with the author.”

UPDATE: She has now been released and told The Ledger that “she doesn’t care whether deputies find proof in the Wal-Mart surveillance footage.” She added “I don’t think it will do any good…I just want it to go away.”"

UPDATE: The “A Mother Thing” Facebook page has disappeared.

  1. avatar lucrezaborgia


  2. Oh no! More coverage!

    It just blows that her story males the LGBT community feel more like shit.

    But the joke’s on us, she’ll get a book deal/reality show even if she’s revealed as a fraud.

  3. avatar GoldStarGay

    This is like GOMI’s Deepthroat moment!

    • Not really. I waited on hold with Polk County Sheriff’s records dept for 20 minutes and then tried both of the PIO ladies. I feel bad I wasn’t able to get a statement, but I’ll try again tomorrow if I get done with work while they are still open.

      • avatar GoldStarGay

        I think you are the only “reporter” actually looking outside Katie R3byekah V!kto11riahhjhh for actual information, which should be totally commended!

        • Well I’m not a journalist and have no journalistic credentials or training so I’m doing the best I can. I’ve been really hoping some legitimate news media outlet would find this info because I have no fucking clue what I’m doing.

          • avatar Mike

            I live in the same TV market she does (Tampa Bay) and her little story didn’t make it to the 5 or 6 o’clock newscasts. Probably because it couldn’t be verified. So that’s probably why there is silence from legitimate outlets.

            • She claimed reporters were just showing up at her door and her husband said they talked to one for about 40 minutes. So…seems odd it didn’t make any local news.

              • avatar Nuclear Bombshell

                Someone had mentioned on a different website, which the comment was removed, that she lived in a gated community. Not sure if that is true or not or how the person would know. If she lived in a gated community, media would not be able to storm through like she claimed. The police would in an emergency, as most have a code to enter.

              • I am aware that the information from her whois for her many domains revealed an address and the most recent address was not in a gated community. I promptly killed any attempts to post that information on GOMI, and for those who tried I hope you respect that and sorry if I made you feel censored.

              • avatar Lactating Rage

                WHOIS shows them living in an apartment. I don’t know of any gated communities for special snowflakes living in apartment buildings.

              • avatar lucrezaborgia

                Eh, gated communities are a dime a dozen down there and many of them don’t actually have security at the front. They also often encompass apartments.

              • avatar AsianPersuasion

                I live in a Very Special Snowflake gated community. Two entrances– one with a guard and one without. The gates mean NOTHING except for high HOA fees. If it is a high traffic neighborhood (like mine) it is very easy to tailgate in.

                No reporter is going to talk to you for 40 minutes at the door and not write ANYTHING. I call BS. What city does she live in, again?

              • avatar AsianPersuasion

                Adding in: I agree on not posting addresses. I hate liars, but I also feel that putting a person’s address out on the Internets is just not in good taste.

              • avatar morewineplease

                Yeah, it didn’t make local news down here at all. I just searched a bunch of the local sites just to make sure I didn’t miss it, and nope, she’s only coming up on national sites and LGBT blogs.

                Also, props to you for actually calling the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to try to get some sort of official word on this. Journalism skills, you have them.

          • avatar Nuclear Bombshell

            There is a contact # for Walmart for journalists. I feel you have a great page with credible info and you were the first outlet to expose the truth.

            As far as I am concerned you are a journalist.

            Maybe you could email a news station? Someone has got to crack this think wide open. The PCSO releases reports for a fee. I am not sure if anyone has done this yet. It’s public record. People want to know if she did file a report and if so what is going on? I feel the media, especially HuffPo and MSN took this story without collecting the facts and history of this woman with more aliases than re-runs of Law and Order. I know you hear this all the time, but thanks for having a great page that tells it like it is.

            • avatar Nuclear Bombshell


            • “The PCSO releases reports for a fee. I am not sure if anyone has done this yet.”
              I saw that, but was unable to get anyone on the phone for an initial statement. They have a request form I am thinking about submitting.

              “As far as I am concerned you are a journalist.”
              Jesus don’t ever think that. I’m a snarky hack. I would never insult actual journalists by considering myself remotely their peer. I don’t mean that in a self-deprecating way at all, it’s just the truth.

              “There is a contact # for Walmart for journalists.”
              I wasn’t able to get through when I tried for some reason (reason: pork paws trying to dial quickly). I am going to try again tomorrow.

              • avatar seven-dollar sandwich

                You may not consider yourself a journalist, and I respect your reasoning. However, you are this Ham’s intrepid reporter in the face of internet crapidity.

              • avatar Parcheesi

                “I promptly killed any attempts to post that information on GOMI, and for those who tried I hope you respect that and sorry if I made you feel censored.”

                You also have some watertight ethics that all of us deeply respect. I’ve mostly lurked here for a year or so, but you seriously impress me on a daily basis.

              • avatar ILoveDavidTennentSoMuch

                You may be a snarly hack, but you’re OUR snarky hack .

              • avatar Mean Twinkie

                FOI that shit. If she filed a report, they should have to provide it because it’s public record.

              • avatar hellowonderland

                You’re our snarky hack, and we love you.

                And the second I saw that “news story”, posted on a Facebook friend’s page, I thought it was complete BS, so I am glad GOMI saw straight through it.

            • avatar IAMNotImpressed

              HuffPo didn’t just neglect to take the facts, they worked really really hard to suppress the facts. They were deleting comments like crazy. Not just rude ones, even the nice ones that just didn’t believe the tale. Very odd. I feel angry and stupid for previously thinking of HuffPo as a Real News site and getting my news fill there. Maybe they just don’t want to look like fools for believing it???

              • avatar Helga G. Pataki

                page views > everything else

                Which is pretty shitty.

              • avatar HuffPoRefugee

                That’s my guess; the question is, can we keep them from doing so?

          • avatar non-profiteer

            Meh. Most “legitimate” journalists don’t either.

          • avatar xo sherry

            As a former journalist, you are being a better journalist than most that have covered the story. I applaud exposing this fraud. Ham on!

      • avatar AsianPersuasion

        Try earlier in the morning, before they’ve had a chance to get backlogged or tired.

        • Yeah if I get a break I’ll try, work has been kind of slamming the last couple of weeks. It’s like suddenly everyone wants to eat at Quizno’s, I’m just SO BUSY SO STRESSED.

          • avatar Gran PeePaw and the Plum Smugglers

            I LOLd

          • avatar Babby Forming Despite Life-Threatening Heels

            You need a VACATION so you can get some SLEEP!!!

          • avatar Kathy Santoni

            Do you desperately need to recharge your batteries in Canada? ;) Desperately.

            • *snork*

              Actually about to konk out until 10 AM GUYS. DAY OFF. I HAS IT. Wow sorry I know that’s not exciting. Sleep is exciting to me. Everyone just know my life is this sad. BBL!

  4. avatar Kathy Santoni

    Yeah, I think she did more harm than good to the LGBT community by creating this hoax. The hoax itself is distracting from any genuine discussion people could be having about LGBT issues, IMO.

    • Considering the fact that a few years ago she claimed to be bisexual you’d think she would think about that. I really hope this story can be verified for her sake.

    • avatar IAMNotImpressed

      And she doesn’t even know whether the kid is even gay yet. Statistically speaking, he’s probably not gay. He’s two years old and he never consented to being the new posterchild for LGBT rights! She has a lot of nerve to hoist a label on him that he may not particularly want when he’s older, or to trigger ANY public speculation about his sexuality.

      • avatar non-profiteer


      • avatar what_is_written

        I was tempted to make love to this flawless comment. <3

      • avatar Kathy Santoni

        Very well said. I completely agree. +infinity

      • avatar musket of wine

        Exactly this. Isn’t a big part of raising awareness for the LGBT community acknowledging the need to NOT hoist sexuality labels on children/people?

  5. avatar Babby Forming Despite Life-Threatening Heels


    Great sleuthing once again, hams and hamsicles and hamcats.

    • avatar lilmissunshine


      • avatar Veronica Corningstone

        Thank you for making my night with this beautiful Mr Rogers gif.

        • avatar garconmeansboy

          I found myself chanting along with this gif with every tap of their feet. “No one. . .on the corner. . .has swagga. . .like us!”

          • avatar Affiliate Lynx

            Me too, me too! I can’t NOT read it to their foot taps.

      • avatar what_is_written

        Oh GOSH my whole day is now a bit better.

      • avatar Kathy Santoni

        That’s it, if there is one good thing that’s come from this bullshit story it’s the cuteness overload on this page. So many adorable gifs.

        • avatar DoubleEntendre

          Maybe not this one so much.


          • avatar Maeby Fünke

            My huscat has liked GOMI for the gifs; now he loves GOMI for this gif.

      • avatar The McFeely Rainbow Experiment (formerly Max)

        Aww! It’s Marilyn Barnett, Mr. Rogers’ exercise-class-teaching neighbor. I was just telling my husband last night (we’ve been watching the old eps on Amazon Prime with the kiddos) that I wished I had a neighbor who would come knock on my door and take me out for some gentle exercise.

  6. Also sorry if this post is a bit hard to follow. There’s just so much stuff to wade through, I tried to provide just a summary of why people are questioning this.

    • O/T but I’d like to say welcome to all the new hams joining GOMI because of comment killing on other sites. Hams, tell em what they win.

      A SAY!

      • avatar GoldStarGay

        A lifetime supply of empty Franzia boxes generously donated by other hamcats.

      • avatar Sump Pump

        and PIZZA (non-threatening kind)

      • avatar Raspberry LaFramboise

        I just want to say Hi, I’m new here! I love how deliciously snarky your site is. I’ll be spending way too much time here in the future.

        • I feel like saying welcome is lame, like those bloggers who say “Thanks!” to every comment. But uh, welcome!

          • avatar Brawnwyn

            I love it here so much that I make GOMI a cup of coffee every morning. And I don’t share well!

  7. avatar AsianPersuasion

    I can pat myself on the back for helping with the plane coverage.

    My work here is complete.

    • You did! You basement dwelling cat hair covered jealous losers are the Pinkerham Detective Agency.

      • avatar The Reigning Lorelai

        I’m patting myself on the back for saying “Oh fuck it” and posting the original comment on this train wreck. I never thought I’d have the nerve to de-lurk, but I’m sure glad I did. Love it here.

        • I hope you find more to enjoy around here!

        • avatar Buttercream Toothpaste

          Loving your username!


        • avatar DoubleEntendre

          Welcome. Thanks for the kick-off.


          • avatar Cuntalina Hittler

            What? Takashi Shimura?

            • avatar DoubleEntendre

              He wears many hats. And sometimes, the same one several times.

        • avatar AsianPersuasion

          Yay! We’re glad you delurked– we only bite on Wednesdays, so you’re good to go.

        • avatar ativanannie

          You are awesome, TRL! Without you, this shit-storm of WTFs? and amazing pizza gifs would never have been born.

      • avatar AsianPersuasion

        I just have to add– my husband (who does not give a shit about blogs) saw the story open on my computer and then read through everything.

        He is now invested in this story– so good job, PP and everyone else!!!

        I’m so glad that all of us can take time away from chronic masturbating -cat petting- Frito eating – Basement Dwelling to help out this girl. I can’t stand liars.

        • avatar Affiliate Lynx

          My husband, too!

        • avatar Kathy Santoni

          I told my husband about this and he just went on a GOMI-worthy rant about how awful he thinks mommy bloggers are.

          • avatar AsianPersuasion

            That is too funny. We were walking tonight, talking about it and I could see him slowly putting his GOMI Detective Hat on.

  8. avatar sowhatimbutter


  9. avatar BelindaG

    “I get severely paranoid and often think that people don’t like me or are being rude to me, even if they’re not”

    Oh, she’s a real prize.

    • avatar Homphgomphinator

      Jeez no wonder she has so many “confrontations” with people!

      • avatar Postcard of Dorian Grey

        Maybe it’s because she stands around bars “looking retarded.”

        • avatar IAMNotImpressed

          Say WHAT?
          Please tell me there’s a working link…?

  10. avatar DoubleEdgedSword

    Wait, does this mean the pizza gifs are over? Because I thought I’d finally found my niche in life.


  11. avatar Helga G. Pataki

    She sounds like a god damn politician.

    “Okay so I may have stretched the truth, but it was 100% based on truth so therefore true.”

    • avatar Homphgomphinator

      It’s embellished but completely accurate! Words mean what I tell them to mean!

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