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The strange case of Alecia Faith Pennington

Young woman takes to YouTube to bemoan her total lack of government ID and ask for aid from the public. She says her parents will not help her get the government docs that will enable her to work, fly, bank, file taxes, etc..

Some of the basics.

Her F*c*b**k page, with updates.

Parents deny her assertions about them. But much moon-battery and creepitude appears to be involved.

The family seems amazingly messed up, which means a sideshow becomes the main attraction.

The real question, of course, is why anyone requires such lifelong “official” recognition from government merely to function in everyday life. That’s the gigantic, trumpeting woolly mammoth in the room that everyone’s managing to ignore.

Good luck to Alecia Faith and her family. Good luck to us all.

(H/T to D.A.)


  1. Kristophr
    Kristophr February 13, 2015 9:27 am

    I suspect her parents are religious nutters, and cut her off for defying them, and are now furiously backtracking to cover their asses.

    She should just ask a judge to order these two to produce the needed affidavit.

    As for un-papering a child, I would do the exact opposite: Get multiple birth certificates and SS numbers for the child. You never know when a new ID might be handy.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty February 13, 2015 9:31 am

    OK… I don’t look at facebook or videos, so my understanding of all this is limited, but I do have a question… How do her parents and siblings drive, etc? How do they function without state numbers, etc.

    Hmmm, another question… if undocumented immigrants can obtain a DL, etc… just what is stopping this girl from doing likewise?

    Something tells me there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

  3. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau February 13, 2015 10:02 am

    A lot of people would like to be in her shoes. Apparently she thinks there is no possibility of living outside the mainstream.

    As to driving, I know someone who drove for years (with a lead foot, even) without a DL, because of some bureaucratic dispute between two states. Most of the time when he was pulled over he would explain it to cops and they would let him go. She could do the same, and even if she had to go to court it’s hard to imagine most judges would throw her in a cage, given her situation. Her case is pretty sympathetic. She might have to move to a state where the judges are more reasonable, though.

  4. Claire
    Claire February 13, 2015 11:02 am

    I definitely agree that there’s more going on than meets the eye. My guess (just a guess, though supported by the mother’s babblings and the strange “now you see them, now you don’t” messages from the parents) is the same as Kristophr’s. Parents raised her to remain off the bureaucratic map, then used that to take revenge/use as leverage when she got her grandparent’s help to escape their control.

    Paul — I also know somebody who drove for years without a license. Know her very well. Did quite a few other things undocumented, also. OTOH, if I were a 19-year-old girl and didn’t make a personal choice to live that way, I wouldn’t be a happy camper.

    I just hope she doesn’t come to regret it, once she’s found her way into the government’s arms.

  5. LarryA
    LarryA February 14, 2015 9:40 pm

    The scary part of such situations is how easy it is these days to get between a rock and a hard place.

    My sil needed to change her Texas DL address. She went on the internet and applied. She had to type in each of the several numbers on her existing license, some in small type and one embossed. Once she did that TXDOT charged her credit card and mailed a new license.

    My cousin lost her license. To get a new one, since she couldn’t provide the numbers, she had to apply in person and provide a birth certificate or passport. She has no passport, so she needed her birth certificate. She’s 70. Getting an official copy from her state of birth proved very difficult times 10 since it was California. Had she had a copy of the numbers, of course, she could have followed the same simple procedure my sil did.

    Luckily the license turned up (nice people who found it mailed it to her) so we never had to figure out the whole process. We now have copies of all such.

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