A young woman has received kudos on social media for offering a more flattering mugshot to media reporting on her escape from a Sydney police station.
Amy Sharp, 18, escaped from the Surry Hills Corrective Services Cell Complex just after 3pm on Friday.
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The police statement alerting the public to her escape was accompanied by two images they had taken of the young woman, wearing a glum expression and a red blanket over her shoulders.
Both the photos and the statement were shared to Sydney’s 7 News Facebook page.
Almost immediately, Sharp commented on the post from her personal profile with a more flattering image of herself and a simple request.
“can you use this photo, please and thank you
“Yours Truly, Amy Sharp xx”
Her comment was accompanied by an angelic emoji and had been liked nearly 60,000 times at time of writing.
Amy Sharp’s preferred shot, which she supplied in a comment on Sydney’s 7 News Facebook page. Photograph: Facebook
Amy who on the public cover picture on Facebook describes herself as “just a lil princess with anger issues”, was later arrested just after midnight on Saturday.
Despite Sharp’s polite request, 7 News Sydney used her mugshots in a follow-up post alerting their followers to her arrest.
A spokeswoman for New South Wales police confirmed that Sharp was charged with escaping lawful custody as well as an outstanding warrant, and appeared at Parramatta bail court on Saturday.